AJ KEPHART IS BEATING CANCER!!!

$6,310 of $10k goal

Raised by 68 people in 25 months
Sally Guerra Tafoya  SIMI VALLEY, CA
I am Sally Tafoya and I am raising money for my nephew AJ Kephart.  AJ was a very active boy hanging out with his friends riding his bike, camping with his family and riding on his quad.  AJ was on a swim team that he loved doing.  But by the end of the year 2012 AJ was complaining of pain in his left knee and after tests done by the doctor, on Jan. 11th. 2013 AJ was diagnosed with osteosarcoma stage 4 cancer at 14 yrs. old. Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that commonly effects teenage boys who are experiencing a growth spurt.  It starts in the bones and sometimes spreads elsewhere in which AJ's case it started in his left knee and spread to his lungs.  Doctors immediately began chemo therapy. As he battled his first round of cancer with chemo therapy for a year, they replaced his left knee with a prosthetic, as the chemo was killing the cancer on his lungs they collapsed so they had to insert breathing tubes so they were no longer collapsed. Because of the chemo AJ is now osteopenia and his bones are very fragile.  By Feb. 2014 AJ was cancer free.  In June of 2014 AJ was diagnosed with cancer again in his left lung but thankfully the doctors were able to remove it with surgery and no chemo therapy.  AJ was cancer free again. Of course he was still weak and was not the boy he was before cancer but he was going to be 16 yrs. old and he got his drivers license and returned to school.
In Jan. 2015 again cancer appeared but this time on his back.  The doctors removed that cancer with surgery but within weeks he was complaining that his back, shoulder and arm was hurting.  It was determined that they had not removed all the cancer which had now spread to his vertebrae, ribs and lungs.  AJ will be having surgery on Feb. 24th. to remove that cancer followed by chemo.
AJ has been such a strong and positive young man through this whole ordeal.  AJ is a very loving and kind person.  He is a remarkable young man.  Please help my nephew and his family during this time of need.  Even though they have health insurance, it still becomes a financial toll.  My sister is not one to ask for help so I will do it for them.  All donations and prayers will be greatly appreciated.  AJ is a strong young man and I know he will beat this cancer no matter how many times it tries to keep him down.  I look forward to telling everyone that he is cancer free again.
God bless you all and thank you so much for your support...
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Update 26
Posted by SALLY TAFOYA
5 days ago
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Good Afternoon...
It has been 4 months, time for another set of scans for our little Hero A.J.
Please keep our Hero in your positive thoughts, & prayers today.
A.J. has his MRI scan today, a CT scan tomorrow and his PET scan on Friday.
A.J. is doing great so far, tired a lot, but that is still expected.
Prayers for clear and clean scans are GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts...
Xoxoxo
Chris, Sheila, C.J. Patty & Our Little Hero A.J.
AJ IS DOING GREAT!!
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Update 25
Posted by SALLY TAFOYA
4 months ago
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UPDATE ON AJ...
MESSAGE FROM MY SISTER...
Good Morning,
It has been 4 months so it's time for another set of scans for our little Hero A.J.
Please keep our Hero in your positive thoughts and prayers today.
A.J. has his CT scan today,
a PET scan tomorrow
and his MRI next week.
Even though AJ is very tired, which is to be expected, he is doing great!!
Prayers for clear and clean scans are GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you
Xoxoxo
Chris, Sheila, C.J. Patty & Our Little Hero A.J.
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR KEEPING AJ AND HIS FAMILY IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS...SALLY
HALLOWEEN 2016'
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Update 24
Posted by SALLY TAFOYA
8 months ago
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UPDATE:
Good Morning...
It has been 3 months so time for another set of scans for our little Hero A.J.
Please keep our Hero in your positive thoughts and prayers today.
He has 2 scans today and 1 next week.
Even though A.J. is doing great so far, he gets tired a lot, but that is to be expected.
Prayers for clear and clean scans are GREATLY appreciated.
Thank you
Xoxoxo
Chris, Sheila, C.J. & Our Little Hero A.J.
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Update 23
Posted by SALLY TAFOYA
14 months ago
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Hello Friends and Family...
I know it’s been a while since my last update on A.J. so here's a quick post.
Our Christmas and New Year’s was nice and quiet for our family.
A.J. will be on chemo until April. His oncologist is going to stop chemo treatments in April and we are positive that the ugly beast named cancer (with God’s blessings) will NOT come back this time,
but for me personally April cannot come soon enough. Since A.J. has been on chemo for an entire year this time, other parts of his body are feeling the effect that chemo causes to one's body. His feet get so swollen that he can barely walk sometimes. His nails on both his hands and feet are falling off. I wish I could take all his pain and suffering away. He has suffered for so long but still has that beautiful spirit inside of him. He is amazing!!
Chris and I GREATLY appreciate your prayers and heart felt thoughts. Please continue to do so.
As for A.J. himself, he is such a trooper, always positive and with a great smile. He is and will ALWAYS be my Hero!!!!
Thank you...
Chris and Sheila Kephart
CANCER CAN'T TAKE THIS SMILE AWAY!!
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$6,310 of $10k goal

Raised by 68 people in 25 months
Created February 22, 2015
Sally Guerra Tafoya  
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Silvia Osuna
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NATALIA Hailes
6 months ago
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Donalda Mcneil
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Abby Epstein
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Robyn Rybsrski
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