Val Skinner Foundation

Kriss Fierro

Kriss Fierro

Born in Mexico, Kriss Fierro has always had a warrior spirit. She immigrated alone to the U.S. on a scholarship to learn English at the age of 15. In 2014, at the age of 33, she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer.

Then, during her first examination with Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ), Dr. Toppmeyer found a lymph node in her low anterior cervical area which changed the diagnosis to stage IV cancer. This led to an aggressive treatment regiment for the past three years.

Kriss made a decision to not feel sorry for herself but to serve as a model for others. She is a constant positive presence at RCINJ, even dressing as Mrs. Claus to deliver presents to pediatric patients during the holidays…with funds raised by her own supporters.

These supporters created t-shirts that read “Supporting our Warrior Kriss.” That’s how she defines herself and how she has led her life.

Today, Kriss is cancer free. She and her husband, Danny, and daughter, Bella, along with her mother and other family members, continue in their fight to help others.

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