Christopher "Chris" R. Kuhn
Memorial Scholarship Fund
Chris was a good, caring individual who worked hard and treated people right. He was a good friend to many not only in his private life but in his full-time job and his part-time photography business where he was known to donate photography sessions several times a year to those struck by illness. Many of his customers became good friends and like family members. He and his wife of 41 years both worked hard, loved to travel on their rare off time, and looked forward to the day the two of them would both be retired and could start enjoying life to its fullest. All that changed and their lives were changed forever in a blink of an eye when, after enduring problems with his stomach for several weeks, Chris went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on December 19, 2018 and given the sober news of the grim outlook of a life expectancy of 3-6 months that perhaps could be extended a little longer with chemotherapy treatments.
Chris started chemotherapy in January, 2019. The battle was hard and took an enormous toll on him and his body but through it all, even though he did not look forward to the constant blood work, chemotherapy treatments, and doctor’s appointments as well as feeling sick and tired a lot, he told his wife on more than one occasion that he actually “looked forward” to his appointments at Genesis Cancer Center. He began to think of all of the nurses and doctor who treated him there as good friends and also looked forward to seeing the two ladies working the front desk who always greeted him with a warm smile, Sister Bernadette who was always there for him both spiritually and emotionally almost every visit, therapy dog Oliver and his human mom, and the kind-hearted valet who always went above and beyond to help.
This Memorial Scholarship Fund is meant to keep Chris’s memory alive as well as thank all of the staff at Genesis Cancer Center who treated Chris and showed him an enormous amount of caring and compassion through his cancer journey and it is hoped that this will help others who may choose to get into this very hard but rewarding career path.