Update on McKenzie: After chemo treatments were completed in July, Kenzie was told she was cancer free! But life is cruel and an extremely rare cancer reappeared in November. After trips to Houston and treatments in Iowa City, Kenzie is in the middle of fighting with more Chemotherapy and other treatments. Kenzie has continued to take classes and work when she has the strength and energy, while receiving chemo treatments. Only missing a few classes each chemo cycle. She continues to raise money and dedicate her time to Dance Marathon. She is an amazing warrior that is still looking out and helping others in situations similar to hers. Any donations can help this strong warrior continue to fight and live her life for other children battling hardships like her.
In a cruel twist of fate, Kenzie Gamble, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, has gone from fighting for children with cancer, to now facing her own fight. Kenzie, only 19 years old, has already made a mark on our world. A voice and advocate for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, she has raised thousands of dollars through individual campaigns as well as several Iowa Dance Marathons to support children battling life threatening illnesses. Now Kenzie is facing her own battle. After a routine check-up, doctors discovered that Kenzie had a tumor roughly the size of a volleyball attached to her ovary. After removal and testing, the tumor was found to have invasive properties. Mucinous adenocarcinoma with several foci of undifferentiated carcinoma with aberrant HCG expression. That's the official and very long name for her specific type of ovarian cancer. From chemo to fertility treatments, the road ahead is daunting and long. With all that she has done for the community and the Children's Hospital, it is time for us to rally and show our support, this time it is for Kenzie. Please consider making whatever donation you can, every bit helps. Thinking and praying for you Kenzie, you are not alone in this fight!