Kenyan-American breast cancer death in Minnesota challenges community to come up with $42,000

Sunday, March 6, 2016
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Minnesota Kenyans gathered Sunday afternoon to help raise funds for the funeral and medical expenses of the late Catherine Kanana (Cate) at United Central SDA Church in Brooklyn Park.

The late Kanana, 46, passed away on February 29 after a battle with breast cancer which had been diagnosed in late 2014.

She is survived by her husband Randy Skrove and three children. Mark, the oldest is in medical school and spoke movingly about his mother at the fundraiser.

The Sunday fundraiser was to raise funds to fly two of her children still in Kenya to Minnesota so they can attend the funeral this coming Friday and also to pay for the funeral expenses. She will be interred in St. Paul after a funeral service at Woodland Hills Church also in St. Paul.

A GoFundMe page set up breaks out the herculean task ahead for the community: $17,000 for funeral costs and travel expenses for the two children from Kenya to the Twin Cities.

There is also an outstanding medical bill for $25,000.

How to help

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to assist with the expenses.

Those wishing to make contributions can do so at this link.

The Funeral Service

Friday, March 11
Visitation @ 10:00am
Service @ 11:00am
Woodland Hills Church
1740 Van Dyke Street
St. Paul, MN 55109

Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Maplewood.

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.