Team Keshawn
$480 raised
7% of $7k goal
11 contributors
5 Years running
Keshawn’s Story
A Little Man’s Fight Against Cancer

Team Keshawn is a group of family and friends helping out our friend/family member raise money to make sure her son gets the chemotherapy he needs. All money raised will go towards medical bills, ...
Keshawn’s Story A Little Man’s Fight Against Cancer Team Keshawn is a group of family and friends helping out our friend/family member raise money to make sure her son gets the chemotherapy he needs. All money raised will go towards medical bills, plane tickets, hotel stays and other expenses related to his treatment. Keshawn Kemp is an energetic little boy at 2 years of age from Denison, Texas. His parents are Shlonda Ford and Brandon Kemp. Keshawn was born with a rare cancer called retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that begins in the retina — the sensitive lining on the inside of your eye. A rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma is the most common form of cancer affecting the eye in children. Retinoblastoma may occur in one or both eyes. At 2 months old he received a port in order to begin chemotherapy treatments. After extensive chemotherapy treatments, he was referred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas and MD Anderson in Houston, Texas for radiation due to continuously growing tumors. This little man has endured many months of chemotherapy, radiation and exams to monitor the tumors only to discover the therapy was not working. At 9 months old, he was sent to MD Anderson Proton Radiation Center for radiation. This child received radiation 5 days a week for the whole summer and finished with good results. Upon his return home for follow-up visits, new tumors were discovered and there was no left eye function. The retinal specialist recommended left eye removal in order to prevent the cancer from spreading. On January 9, 2012, Keshawn had left eye removal surgery then in June 2012 he still had variable tumors-live tumors- and they continued to spread and have developed a cataract in his right eye. After the doctor's had discussed with one another about the procedure they decided to have the cataract removed because that is the only way they will be able to see and treat the tumors. On Sept. 2012 he had surgery to remove the cataract. On October 11, 2012 his physicians stated that his tumors were still active and were spreading to his right eye. The therapy being used at both hospitals are not working so now they are reaching out to a retinoblastoma specialist located Philadelphia for the next step. Shlonda, Keshawn and his dad Brandon left for Philadelphia on Oct 21, 2012 for his first visit. The specialist is recommending two types of chemotherapy and wanting them to make monthly visits. We participated in Relay for Life in May 2012 and helped raise over $3500.00 for the American Cancer Society. Shlonda had less than a week to get airline tickets, a hotel location booked as well as get expense money. We contacted ACS and they were unable to help. Money raised is supposed to help our community and the people in it and they failed to do so. Therefore Team Keshawn will not participate in Relay for Life 2013 because all money raised in the future needs to benefit this young man. Beginning of 2013 Shlonda’s medical insurance deductible will start all over and Keshawn’s Medicaid does not cover out of state medical bills. The medical expenses are adding up and since ACS is not willing to help she is solely responsible for plane tickets, hotel and other expenses are her responsibility which is becoming very stressful and frustrating at times. The time she is taking off from work is unpaid under the Family Medical Leave Act. We are currently discussing and planning fundraisers to raise money to help pay for all these expenses. Shlonda is a very caring and loving single mother who would do the exact same thing to help her family and friends. Please continue to pray for Keshawn!! This little man has a smile that will make your heart melt and light up any room. "God Has a Plan" Jeremiah 29:11
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