Kendra's Brain Cancer Battle Fund

In the summer of 2016, Kendra Phythian was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma, it is a terminal Brain Cancer that is usually an "old man" cancer. Rare to see in Females especially under the age of 30. She under went Brain surgery, after the surgery she started having seizures because of the brain surgery. Once Kendra had healed from the Brain surgery they started radiation and then 6 months of Chemotherapy doing 1 week of chemo every 4 weeks(total of 6 weeks of chemotherapy). Kendra ended up losing almost 40 pounds over this 6 month period.
After finishing Kendra had a 3 month break, went in for her first check up and they found the tumor starting to grow back already. They weren't 100% sure if it was another tumor or scar tissue. The Oncologist suggested we come back in 2 months for another MRI. We went in 2 months later, had the MRI and they gave Kendra the option of starting chemotherapy that day or waiting another 2 months for another MRI so they could be sure Kendra declined starting that day and wanted to come back in two months for another MRI. We went back 2 months later but during this 2 months span we started seeing all the original symptoms that brought us to the emergency when this all first began.  The news we got from the Doctors was not unexpected but for Kendra who's only 28 now, was devastated.
They told Kendra that not only was the tumor they originally went after growing back, but she now had a spot on the other side of her brain as well. Both tumors are in inoperable spots of the brain, So best case scenario for her is that the 12 weeks of chemotherapy they want to put her through will stop them from growing. Kendra won't ever have the chance of going into remission, her tumors will always be there.
Through this whole time she has been unable to work, I Braden Yakubow have done my best to take care of her. With the loss of her income we began to fall behind on bills, at the beginning of this year we had to take out a loan from my grandparents just so that we could pay the credit card down leaving room on the card to continue paying our bills. Now that this year has gone by the credit card is racked up again, and with the new diagnosis her chances of ever being able to travel somewhere have slowly began to disappear. Kendra came from a single parent home her father having passed away when she was around the age of 12, her mother getting melanoma skin cancer when she was around 15 and surviving through it, but all the while having to play parent for her younger brother and sister dropping out of high school so that she could help her mom pay the bills in the house. Now going through her own life threatening battle I want Kendra to be able to experience some of the wonders the world has to offer before her chances are gone forever. The money I want to raise is for
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1)*Most important *

Kendra's Bucketlist
A)Disney World(she's a huge disney fan but never been to a Disney resort of any kind)
B)Jamaica
C)Cayman Islands(she wants to see the reefs before theyre gone forever)
D)Train Trip across Canada from the West coast to the East coast(then tour the east coast e.i. Quebec, Newfoundland, Novascotia, PEI)

2) Get a reliable vehicle that we can depend on for getting her to and from treatment and just day to day living.
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The situation is grave, The timeline is unsure. It all depends on how her chemotherapy goes. With how hard the first treatment was, I can only imagine that this second go around it has a good chance of doing just as much damage as the cancer itself.

If the tumors don't stop growing she'll begin to feel loss of concentration, start to have vision issues, loss of motivation. Eventually attacking parts of the brain that would control her emotions, her memories and her ability to walk, talk, even sit. Kendra doesn't want to be a vegetable, she wants to live her life to the fullest as long as she can not missing out on anything the world has to offer. I met her 5 years ago and just getting to know someone like her will change your perspective on people. Kendra is someone who has purest intentions and a heart the size of North America. 


Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this.
I hope this compelled you to help us, if not thank you anyways and we appreciate the messages of support!


Donations

  • Betty Franko 
    • $20 
    • 29 mos
  • Jay Parker 
    • $20 
    • 30 mos
  • Orville Kossman 
    • $500 
    • 31 mos
  • Ryan Crampton 
    • $50 
    • 31 mos
  • Marika Friesen  
    • $100 
    • 31 mos
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Organizer

Braden Yakubowski 
Organizer
Edmonton, AB
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