Cancer is a word that no parent wants to hear. Its a word that can flip the world upside down. On November 1, during what should have been a routine doctor's appointment for their two year old son Kyle, Dustin and Elizabeth White eventually found ourselves looking at just that world.
While Kyle had been a healthy and active boy, having just had a blast during the Halloween weekend, a mass had begun to grow within his abdomen. A routine doctor’s visit would turn into a hospital stay, which then turned into a trip to Minneapolis, to the Children’s Hospital, for treatment of what is believed to be a Wilms Tumor (official diagnosis will come shortly).
Just two days after the initial discovery, Kyle would have two surgeries. One to remove a portion of the mass so a biopsy could be conducted, and the second to place a port in his chest. Soon, Kyle will begin treatment, which includes multiple rounds of chemotherapy, possible radiation, and a second round of surgery, which will remove one of his kidneys.
The ongoing treatment will last months, and require weekly trips across the state, as well as another trip to Minneapolis. It also means a great change for his entire family, which is also growing with the birth of a third son expected in the next week.
Throughout the treatment, growing expenses are expected. While insurance helps, there is much that it won’t cover. As family and friends have heard the news about Kyle, a number have asked for a way to help, in addition to the prayers and good wishes that have been sent. That is the reason for this campaign.
In order to help with expenses, as well as a way to say thank you, 4x6 prints of the photo below will given to those who wish to help. The photo was chosen as the bison is Kyle’s favorite animal; an animal he was extremely excited to see this past summer.
An additional 16x20 print (below) is also being offered, in limited quantities, to those donate $100 or more.
Plans are also being made to offer a few unique, one off prints, as well as paintings, through online auctions.
Use of Funds
Any funds will be used to help with the growing expenses that are expected. This includes medical expenses, as well as things such as travel and lodging.
In the chance that there are excess funds, those will be directed to other families who find themselves in a similar circumstance. It can be devastating to find out that your child has cancer, and not having to worry so much about the expenses can truly feel life saving.
Frequent updates will be given in order to keep people informed on Kyle’s progress, as well as tell his story, and the story of his family. But the updates are more as well. The hope is to also let others in similar circumstances see that they are not alone, which can be incredibly helpful, as this family, and many others have witnessed.
(The campaign photo was taken by Kyle's older brother, Kenny, who has been exceptionally brave during the entire ordeal).
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