When Orene and Bob Kearns’ oldest son, Tyler, was in fourth grade, he lost eleven pounds in three months, had no energy, was often feverish, unable to participate in sports, had trouble keeping food down and other difficult symptoms. After visiting numerous doctors, undergoing many tests and eliminating all other possibilities, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 10. In the ensuing years, Tyler has had every treatment imaginable, and the management of his Crohn’s disease continues to be a focus of his daily life. For the past fifteen years, Orene and Bob have been deeply involved in efforts to find treatments and cures for this debilitating disease with the hope that no other family experience what their family had to endure.
Orene was raised in Southern California, attended UC Hastings College of Law. After fifteen years of practicing law, she retired to devote her time to raising her children, as well as volunteering at several community organizations and schools in leadership positions. Later Orene decided to pursue a new career and became a certified Image & Wardrobe Consultant, helping women and men to look their best and gain self-esteem, as well as helping them prepare for important events. Bob is a native of San Francisco, was raised on the Peninsula and graduated from the University of Colorado. Since 1994, Bob has been President and CEO of Coit Services, which provides specialty cleaning and restoration services for homes and businesses across North America. Bob is responsible for leading and directing the company in providing services to several hundred thousand customers per year. Coit recently celebrated its 62nd year and employs over 800 people. The Kearn family has a history of philanthropy, including funding the creation of the Kearn Center for Retinal Degenerations at UCSF, whose goal is to find a cure for retinal blindness, as Bob’s father and other family members were blind.
As devoted parents and philanthropists, Orene and Bob consider CCFA’s mission to find a cure for Crohn’s disease a major focus in their lives. We are privileged to honor Orene and Bob at our event, and hope you will join us in toasting their leadership and positive impact.