When you’re able to view painful lessons as blessings, they become blessons.
— Khit Masoud, Founder of Blessons, NFP

Khit is a first generation Palestinian female immigrant born and raised in Northern California. At the age of 16, she was emancipated by the Sacramento Courts as she avoided an arranged marriage to her first cousin. Khit has been on her own ever since with no relationship with her family or relatives since 1998.

Working multiple jobs at a time to provide for herself, she has been trying to complete her first Bachelor’s degree since she graduated high school in 1999. Life lessons including; fighting cancer on her own, managing mental health and disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, ADHD and depression, surviving through abusive relationships and sex crimes, has made it very difficult in maintaining a 2.0 or higher G.P.A  to complete a college education as a non-traditional adult student. 

After surviving cancer in 2007, Khit moved to Chicago where she then learned more about how to get involved with not-for-profit organizations. For the past 6 years, she has been volunteering and working at Chicago based organizations including Imerman Angels, a 1-on-1 cancer support organization, as a Mentor. Angel. Khit has gained an overwhelming amount of experience and skills thanks to non-profit professionals in her life that have become some of her most trusted mentors today. Her passion in philanthropy and making an impact for women like her, became the impetus in starting her own charity, Blessons for Women (Blessons, NFP). With more than 200 speaking engagements under her belt, she has learned how to cultivate relationships within the Chicago community and individually fundraising over $100,000 by hosting events, participating in various endurance sports and races in support of making a difference in the community.

As she continues to face and overcome her own challenging life lessons, including obstacles in finishing her last few semesters of college, Khit hopes to empower other women who have suffered from life lessons such as cancer, mental illness, emotional or physical abuse (including sex trafficking), or who are first generation female immigrants, view the blessings from challenging life lessons. Khit believes by giving women just like her, a second chance in completing their higher education with the additional financial resources, whether it's at a college, university, trade school or tech/vocational program, we can help change many lives by empowering women through education, self love and self-care.

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January 2018

HYATT RECENTLY HOSTED A PORTRAITS OF UNDERSTANDING EVENT AT HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO, WHERE A GROUP OF FEMALE CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS, NOMINATED FOR THEIR INSPIRING JOURNEY WITH CANCER, CAME TOGETHER FOR A PHOTO SESSION WITH FELLOW SURVIVOR AND INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER SANDRO. THIS EXPERIENCE GAVE PARTICIPANTS A CHANCE TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL, CONNECTED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, UNDERSTOOD. SEE HOW THIS GROUP OF PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS CAME TOGETHER FOR THIS INSPIRING EXPERIENCE.

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No matter what happens in your life, no one and nothing can take away your education & strength. Knowledge truly is the ultimate weapon in life.
— Khit Masoud
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Blessons Debut

Blessons, NFP was established in July 2016 and launched to the public in August 2016.


From 2012 - 2016, Khit was a Mentor Angel, Speaker, Team Imerman Angels Recruiter and Advocate for 1-on-1 cancer support organization Imerman Angels, so one would have to face cancer on their own as she did through her own cancer journey. 

 Jonny Imerman, Founder of imerman angels

Jonny Imerman, Founder of imerman angels

 2016 CHICAGO ATHLETE MAGAZINE

2016 CHICAGO ATHLETE MAGAZINE

Life isn’t about what has happened to you. Life is about how YOU choose to react to what has happened to you.
— Khit Masoud
  2018 Hyatt "Portraits of understanding" award   nominated by Blessons auxiliary board member, erica braunshausen.

2018 Hyatt "Portraits of understanding" award nominated by Blessons auxiliary board member, erica braunshausen.

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ABBOTT Ambassador 2016-2017

"When running is so essential to not only my well-being but to all of us who run, it’s great to be part of creating an installation like this celebrating good health and running.

Taking over the corner of the Chicago and State red line station, I’m a part of Abbott celebrating all those toeing the line this Sunday at the Abbott World Marathon Majors Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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Six Star Finisher

Khit has fundraised over $100k for charity over the years while completing more than 100 races including all 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors; Chicago, NYC, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo & London.

ESPNW - Khitam Masoud, Hope & Life (esperanza y vida)2016

We traveled to Chicago to meet a struggling woman who was able to survive one of the most powerful diseases and who today takes refuge in sports. He is an example and inspiration of people who, thanks to his foundation, do not lose hope.

 http://www.espn.com.ar/video/clip/_/id/2518973#

   From 2012 - 2016, Khit spearheaded in recruiting the largest team of charity athletes for Imerman Angels. Over 200 runners toed the start line at the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. With each charity runner fundraising a minimum of $1500, Team IA raised over $300k in 2016 alone.

From 2012 - 2016, Khit spearheaded in recruiting the largest team of charity athletes for Imerman Angels. Over 200 runners toed the start line at the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. With each charity runner fundraising a minimum of $1500, Team IA raised over $300k in 2016 alone.

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   Khit has more than 200 speaking engagements under her belt.

Khit has more than 200 speaking engagements under her belt.

 Khit completed her first marathon in 2013 at the bank of america chicago marathon on behalf of imerman angels.

Khit completed her first marathon in 2013 at the bank of america chicago marathon on behalf of imerman angels.