Cedar Park woman behind viral breast cancer video dies
AUSTIN, Texas —
Three years after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, Holley Kitchen passed away at a Central Texas hospital Tuesday morning.
Kitchen, a Cedar Park resident, reached more than 52 million people after posting a three minute video of herself holding up note cards with facts and messages about her struggle with Stage 4 breast cancer.
The video went viral and sparked a global conversation about the disease.
"I just wanted people to understand the metastatic diagnosis a little bit more than what's out there," she said in an interview with KEYE-TV back in October.
In 2012, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
The cancer soon spread to her bones in what is known as Stage 4, or metastatic breast cancer, the most aggressive form of the disease--which has no cure.
Kitchen also told KEYE-TV back in October her goal was to see her two sons grow up to become men.
"My goal in life is to see my children graduate high school," she said. "Any more than that are just bonus years but that is my goal and my child just started pre-k so I got 13 years."
Her condition worsened early January and she posted a message on Facebook page that her new goal was to see her son turn 5 years old next month.
Tuesday morning, one of her friends posted a message to Kitchen's Facebook page with the news that she passed away.