Dear Mark and The River Listeners:
I want to share with you all a story about a 17-year-old girl whose life completely changed in October of this year. Keirsten, a smiley and a sassy teenager, was told that she had a Granulosa cell tumor, a type of ovarian cancer. For most people, hearing those words would instantly make you break down in tears, but for Keirsten, she held her head up high and said that she was ready to fight. This battle has definitely been a rollercoaster for Keirsten. She is two hours away from her three little brothers with long stays in the hospital and she struggles from the chemotherapy treatment. This has also been hard for her mom, as she is a single parent with limited support at home. It is so hard for her mom to see her daughter having to fight for her life.
Keirsten grew up in the Miami sun. Her favorite memories growing up were spending time with her two horses on a farm outside of Miami. Keirsten and her family recently moved to Vidalia, Georgia, due to her grandfather’s health issues. On top of leaving her hometown, Keirsten lost her father in the year 2009. Through all the challenges and changes in Keirsten’s life, she describes her love for books as her way to escape and help cope. Keirsten loves to read science fiction and romance novels. When she feels overwhelmed or stressed she enjoys reading and feels true happiness. Keirsten also enjoys watching movies and TV shows such as Teen Wolf and Game of Thrones. Her favorite stores are Adidas and places that sell Animae. Keirsten’s favorite color is turquoise.
Keirsten has three little brothers, Kamdyn who is 10, Kaedyn who is 8 years old, and Kaleb who is one-and-a-half-years old. Kamdyn loves to dance and hopes to become a famous YouTuber one day. Kaedyn is a huge fan of wrestling. John Cena is his idol. Little Kaleb is a big ball of energy. Kaleb loves to sing nursery rhymes and play with his sister Keirsten. For relaxing time together, Keristen’s family loves eating out, especially at Italian restaurants.
After getting to know Keirsten and her mother, I have felt so much hope and perseverance from them. I know your assistance during the holidays will help them through this hard time in their life and help bring a huge smile to Keirsten’s face. Keirsten looks toward the future with excitement. She wants to get back to school, hang out with friends, and eventually go to medical school to become a doctor--one day.
Many thanks for your help in making Keirsten’s Christmas a little brighter.
Certified Child Life Specialist for Hematology / Oncology
Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah
at Memorial University Medical Center
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