Scholarship Keeps Nurse's Legacy Alive

Published 08/28 2014 08:01AM

Updated 08/28 2014 08:18AM

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - In this month's Buddy Check report, she's a familiar face and during her short time on earth, she put up one of the toughest fights against breast cancer that we've seen. Now, her family is honoring her legacy, the best way they can.

Genna's motto was 'never, ever, give up,' And she never did.

But despite her courageous battle, documented over the years through the Eyewitness News Buddy Check series, cancer took Genna Kundratic's life at the young age of 45.

She left quite an impression. Her husband, Kevin says he's constantly hearing from people who's lives have been touched by Genna. "I don't know how many countless stories of people saying telling me if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be where I am today," said Kevin Kundratic.

An emergency room nurse who worked in both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Genna was passionate about her career, rather, her calling.

"Nursing was her life, she dedicated her life to nursing, nursing and motherhood. Her daughter was her shining star," said Kevin.

That's why he and daughter Julia came up with a plan to keep Genna's legacy alive. The result - a need-based scholarship in Genna's name for first-year nursing students at Luzerne County Community College. This month, they presented the scholarship to the first recipient, Michelle Nagle. "Its something that we want to live on forever. As long as I can, I'll make sure we're raising funds and keeping this thing alive," said Kevin.

Julia, now a senior in college, is also living out her mother's passion, as she studies to become a public health professional.  Something that would make Genna proud. "Oh god, would she be happy to be here, to see her go through her senior year," said Kevin.

In the meantime, the Kundratics and their friends and family are going to pick up where Genna left off. "Keep plugging away, keep fighting the good fight and eventually we're going to find that cure," said Kevin.

For more information on the Genna M. Kundratic Memorial Nursing Scholarship click here

Remember this is your reminder to call you buddy and remind her or him to do a self breast exam. It's a call that can save a life.

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