Blessings Everyone, Kenny Thomas (Kenny Clutch "The Dancing Dad") here. Many of you may have heard of our family's story in June of 2018 our youngest son Kristian who has Down Syndrome and was born with a rare blood disorder that led to him being diagnosed with leukemia (AMKL).
During that time my wife Josilyne and I owned a Dance Studio Called The Level Dance Complex in Pennsauken, NJ. When Kristian was diagnosed we had to close the studio only opening 2 days a week. So we can be in the hospital at CHOP (Philadelphia) with our son. We had to rely on family to watch our other 3 children Aliyana, Kaleb, and Javion.
This was the most challenging part of our life having our 14-month-old son fight for his life. During our time in the hospital, I danced with Kristian every day to keep his mental health positive and focused. My wife would record our bond and we would post it for our family and friends. Little did we know that our videos were inspiring thousands across the world when our videos started going viral.
The extra prayers and encouragement from everyone were amazing. We even got love from stars like Ciara, Steve Harvey, and Janet Jackson, and more.
Throughout this journey, we have faced many challenges. But one of the biggest challenges we have overcome was our son Kristian becoming Cancer Free and This Nov 15th it will be fully and medically official that he is Cancer Free. But the hardest part was losing our income.
My wife and I had to end up closing our studio because we could not keep up with the business and his medical bills plus our home. We lost over 65% of our income in 2019 and have been battling back ever since.
For the past 18 months, our home has been up for sale by the landlord. We have had countless visits to our home of people wanting to buy it and even putting up a contract to buy it a few times and the deals falling through the last minute. Our privacy was invaded by strangers as we had no clue what we were going to do because we had to start over financially from scratch.
I went back to teaching dance in other studios to make ends meet for my family. My wife started a crafting business but we only had enough to pay our bills. The plan was and still is to get my speaking career off the ground as I had a lot of opportunities and momentum at the beginning of the year in 2020 before the pandemic shut everything down. Now everything was pushed back.
But God is faithful and through it all the GOOD NEWS is, We signed an agreement of sale this past Sept. 2020 with our landlord. And we are set to close on our home on Oct 15th, 2020 to officially defeat the childhood cancer fight in our life.
We, unfortunately, were unable to secure a loan from the bank earlier this year. But we were fortunate enough to be approved by a Private Investor. Our only hurdle is to secure the remainder of our down payment of 25% of the loan. Which we have secure Half on our own but we are asking for a little help from our Family, Friends, and Supporters around the world to help complete this process for our family as this may seem like our last shot to secure this home and take this off our plate.
No amount is too little or too high, we are asking that you share and help our family finish this fight. We understand that with 2 Days left it may seem a bit much but, I know our God is Faithful and like my Pastor always says, if its God Will, It's God's Bill.
My mission in life is to continue speaking life into those who need it and encouraging them showing them the strategies I used mentally that helped our family. Once we are past this my plan is to help the world in a better way, Spiritually, Emotionally, and Mentally. To continue advocating for the Special Needs and Cancer Communities. We are just asking for a little boost.
Thank You all in advance and we pray that your family is doing well during this time. We Love you and I will continue to encourage and provide motivation to all of you across the world.
The Thomas Family