Khit is a first generation Palestinian 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. Challenges such as fighting cancer on her own, living with mental health issues such as PTSD and anxiety, surviving through abusive relationships, has made it very difficult in completing a college education as a non-traditional 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 5 years volunteering and working at a Chicago based cancer support organization, Khit has gained the experience and skills set in starting her own charity, BLESSONS. With more than 200 speaking engagements under her belt, she learned how to cultivate relationships within the 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 plans to finish her last few semesters of college, Khit hopes to inspire other women who have suffered from cancer, mental illness, emotional or physical abuse, or who are immigrants/first generation immigrants, view the blessings from challenging life lessons. Khit believes by giving women just like her, a second chance in completing their college education, we can help change many lives by empowering women through education.