Help Kira Fight Brain Cancer

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Raised by 7,938 people in 13 months
Kira is a 16yo girl and despite learning of her condition (innoperable brain tumor) only a few days ago... very optimistic and happy. 

She was only a few weeks away from her drivers test and super excited because she worked all summer to save enough money to buy her own car. Unfortunately she can't see well enough to do so. 

In a very short 5-week period she went from normal and healthly teenager to a kid fighting a serious brain tumor.

It started as double vision which we thought was her eyesight since she had astigmatism. We figured she needed to update her prescription and visited the optometrist.

Within a few weeks It escalated from from vision issues, to occasional headaches, then some mild dizzyness. Eventually she had such bad headaches and we started taking her to the doctor. 

First to urgent care, then to the ER, then to her physician and finally to the ER again. In her final visit to the ER they suspected meningitis. The tests were negative and fortunately the Doctor ordered an MRI. 

The MRI revealed a tumor attached to her brain stem. This prompted an immediate transfer to Rady Childrens Hospital where further evaluation and additional scans revealed it to be cancerous. 

Any funds raised will be used to cover medical bills and ultimately the clinical trials and experimental treatments that will be needed to fight this. 

At this point her current treatment will be a combination chemo therapies and immunotherapy which will be supported by cancer fighting dietary changes. Treatments range from $17k to $32k per treament. We have been advised that it will cost around $350k for one year of therapy and drugs. 

You can keep up with her latest progress on her Facebook page.

**Currently..... The daily annoyance of double vision is solved by covering one of her eyes.

You can keep up with her latest progress on her Facebook page.

ira is an avid surfer and after turning 16 she has been excited to get her drivers license. When asked what she wants to do when she is better the answer is always the same.....

"I want to get my license and I want to surf again." - Kira

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Mailing Address:
Kira Stanley c/o Wendy Stanley
533 2nd St, Suite K
Encinitas, Ca 92024

*As of 5-25-18 - $160,000 of the money raised will have been spent on her treatments. Her First year will run close to $400k and will continue for 2-3 yrs depending on the tumor response.

*As of 8-22-18 - $240,000+ of the money raised has been spent on her treatments. (photos below from fathers day 2018)

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Overdue Update & New Documentary..... Well not a documentary per se but Kira decided she wanted to film her experience using her phone (20min). I also included some amazing photos from Fathers day... she actually made it out for a surf session (first time since diagnosis). She just finished her 11th treatment and has battled 9 months past diagnosis, beating all the odds (the stuff docs tell you) . She starts school next week, senior in high school, and turns 17 next month. We have plans to attend the WSL contest (Surf) in Lemoore CA for her birthday weekend. I just want to emphasize how important you are! ... you are the reason she has and will continue to have these opportunities to experience life, to fight and to be a teenager. Thank you. If you have a Facebook account, please follow her at ....
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Long overdue update for you (and thanks). Bottom line, its working. We just returned memorial day weekend from a full week in Mexico. It was Kira's 2nd PET scan (which measures tumor activity) and her 8th treatment since being diagnosed on 11-8-17. Not only is she doing better (better vision, balance and speech) but her PET scan shows ongoing improvements.

You are the reason she is doing so well. As you may know Mexico is the only place unrestricted by FDA "thinking" but still uses FDA approved drugs.

Kira has been and will continue to beat the odds thanks to you. I really hope that you are also following her on facebook for more frequent updates. Here is the address again in case you aren't:

Her next treatment is on 6-26-18. Additionally we have had a few meeting with the oncologists here in San Diego and they agree that this is going well and view the MRI and treatment information on a regular basis.

Thanks again. Talk soon
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It's PET scan week. Leaving home at 2am makes for a grumpy kid but still tolerates this better than I would (video attached). Tuesday & Wednesday is a combination of MRI and PET scans to learn more about her tumor. Doctors suspect her treatments are working very well and to be certain they want details that only a PET scan can provide. We will post daily updates on her page at . Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Grumpy Girl
Rainy Day Arrival
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New years update. Hopefully you are following Kira on Facebook and you already know what I am about to share here. (If not please follow her on Two big news items, 1 - Her surf contest / fundraiser was very successful, the community rallied and she had a fantastic day. I have included a link to a video that one of the volunteer photographers created. 2 - We received positive news during her last treatment. The doctors suspect her tumor to be nearly dead and have ordered a PET scan to confirm. We return Feb 12th for the entire week and remain cautiously optimistic. Thank you again for your ongoing support.
1-20-18 Fundraiser and surf contest
Josh and Sierra Kerr
Actor Scott Eastwood & New Fan Kira
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