When we began this campaign three weeks ago, we were told that Kelly had somewhere between six months and one year to live. She died two days after we started this campaign. We had ZERO life insurance and will only receive a $255 death benefit from social security. For the last two months of Kelly's life, neither of us had any health insurance. When Kelly was diagnosed with cancer on January 29th, 2017, I was still working for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. During Kelly's chemotherapy treatments, I had to undergo emergency open-heart surgery and had to retire three years before my 20th year in Corrections. Kelly and I were struggling then, and Kelly only drew three disability checks before she passed away. I am only able to work a limited amount of hours at the radio station (93.9 FM WKTG) due to my physical condition. I had booked several good-paying christmas ventriloquist shows. All but one of those ultimately had to be cancelled due to Kelly's worsening condition.
On Tuesday evening, November 28, 2017, she was gone. We buried Kelly in the Pennington cemetery on December 2nd, the day before my birthday, and just a few weeks shy of our third wedding anniversary. I know that it's Christmas time, and everyone is strapped for cash. All I'm asking for everyone who reads this and/or watches the video, is to please make a five-dollar donation, because that is the minimum amount Gofundme can accept. If you want, and can afford to give more, that's great. If you would rather mail a donation because you don't use debit or credit cards, please send them to: Larry Pennington, P.O. Box 433, Drakesboro, KY, 42337.
Kelly and I both believe in helping others. We are so desperate. We need your help now. Something else you can do in addition to making a monetary donation that's just as important is to share this post with your friends and please "tag" them so they will for-sure see it. I cannot begin to thank enough those of you who have already helped, but our campaign has stalled and I'm trying to keep the faith that we'll get through the darkest hours of our lives with your help.
May God richly bless you and your family this holiday season
Larry Pennington (AKA Bill, McClane)
This was Kelly Pennington, one year ago.
It was around this same time last year, Thanksgiving 2016, that Kelly Pennington discovered a tiny lump in her right breast, about the size of an english pea. It was her intention to “keep an eye on it” and see if it was just a fibroid cyst. In less than six weeks, this tiny lump had grown larger than a goose egg, and literally broke the surface of the skin. After the results of the biopsy, the surgeon told us that it was cancer, it was bad, and it was very aggressive.
February 13, 2017, Kelly began the strongest chemotherapy possible. A few weeks after that round of chemo was completed, the second round of chemotherapy began. During the middle of her chemotherapy her husband, Bill McClane, had to undergo emergency open-heart surgery, and was forced to retire from his position with the Kentucky Department of Corrections (his "real job") . Kelly had not been allowed to work since the end of January, so household finances were already beginning to get tight, and with Bill McClane having to leave his “real job”, their household income was decimated. He is only able to work a few hours each week at WKTG-FM 93.9. He has had to cancel many of his best-paying ventriloquist performances in order to provide care for Kelly, leaving them further financially strapped.
Kelly also underwent a complete mastectomy, and shortly thereafter began radiation treatments, 43 in all. During the course of the radiation treatments, Kelly developed some serious lower back pain and was taken to the ER where an MRI was ran and they found a couple of spots that were areas of concern. One week after the MRI scan, a PET scan was conducted, and it was determined that the cancer had indeed spread into her lymph nodes, lower spine, and a small spot on a rib. Six weeks later, she required hospitalization due to difficulty breathing. The same day that she was admitted, they performed a CAT scan and they discovered that both of her lungs now had cancer, as well as a new, fairly large tumor on her liver. She was told by her oncologist, “I’m sorry. There’s nothing more we can do.”
Kelly was told that she had six to twelve months to live, maximum. Kelly and her husband have lost their insurance, depleted their savings, and are facing insurmountable odds at this point. She was taken to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville Hospital. She was told there may be some “out of the box” treatment of an experimental nature that could extend her life and the quality of it. It is our sincerest wish during this season of giving that you will respond to this video and support her medical Gofundme account. Kelly’s son Jackson gave up his job to be able to help care for his mother. Her other son Michael is in training at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, and will hopefully be home soon.
ANY financial support that you can give will be so greatly appreciated. Kelly does not have any life insurance either.
Kelly has been a mental health therapist (psychologist) for over thirty years. She is a wonderful mother and grandmother, and an incredible person overall. During the course of her life, she has helped thousands. We are optimistic that now some of these people that she has helped, and many other, will take just a moment to help her. There are two ways that you can help: One, share this video with every group, friend, and contact that you have after you’ve viewed it, and ask them to view it. Two, go to her Gofundme account and donate any amount that you can. No amount is too small.
If Kelly is to have a future, you are our only hope.
***EVEN A DONATION OF FIVE DOLLAR MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE. IF EVERY PERSON THAT VISITS THIS PAGE WOULD DONATE JUST FIVE DOLLARS, WE COULD REACH OUR GOAL. THERE IS NO SHAME IN DONATING JUST FIVE DOLLARS. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS.***
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