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Love & Support for Kieran Brown

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Raised by 168 people in 18 months
Created August 8, 2017
Kieran Brown is 18 years old and was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in late July with spleen, liver, abdomen and bone marrow involvement. He has a mass on his chest that is 15cm as well as other smaller masses. Kieran already had 1 mass removed from his clavicle as it was quite uncomfortable.  Despite this terrible news, Kieran's oncologist is very optimistic about Kieran's prognosis and treatment.

This has been a very overwhelming and difficult time for Kieran and his family. He lives with his amazing mother Cindy in Nanaimo, BC and has a brother Tyson who lives in Nanaimo as well; and a brother Ethan who lost his battle with brain cancer nearly two years ago.  Cindy is a single mother without any financial support who became a nurse with the help of family, to give her children a better life.  In 2013, Cindy lost her mother and key support system to Glioblastoma Multiforme which is a very serious form of brain cancer.  Seven weeks after her mom's death, Cindy's 18 year old son Ethan was also diagnosed with the same brain cancer and passed away on August 31st, 2015. During Ethan's illness, Cindy injured her knee and has been unable to work since as a result.  She is currently on disability and has been recovering from a long awaited surgery. 

Kieran has started four types of aggressive chemotherapy and is currently being treated for nausea and pain. He is experiencing side effects from the high dose of chemotherapy but is determined to try and share time with friends and loved ones as much as possible.  He is a member of a great hockey community in Nanaimo and lives for the chance to get on the ice whenever he can. Sadly he is unable to skate or play hockey during his illness as the mass on his chest could cause him to have health complications. 

For those who know Kieran, you know that he is such a strong young man, and an example to all of us in kindness, compassion and friendship. I am so blessed to be part of his family and have been asked to keep this page updated so we can all follow his progress and send him love and strength. Kieran is going to make it through this challenge and be back to hockey and living life as he planned in no time. It is important for all of us to have faith and send Kieran positive messages, vibes, love, strength and friendship. 

As this is expected to be a long road to recovery with regular travelling to Victoria and Vancouver for treatment and the only source of income is from Cindy’s disability, we are gratefully accepting donations to help support Cindy and Kieran.  Even if Cindy becomes medically cleared to work again, she is unable to leave her son to do so and as a mother and sole caregiver of this family, we wouldn't expect her to.  Her need is so great and as much as it is hard for her to ask for help, it is necessary for their survival and well-being. These funds will help Cindy and Kieran with travel for treatment, accommodations during treatment, groceries, prescription medication and paying bills while Kieran goes through this long and difficult process.  Cindy is a caregiver of her children but also as a nurse, has been a caregiver for total strangers in their most difficult times. She is a beautiful and giving person who is in a fragile place right now and needs your help so she can care for her son.   If you are able to make a donation, no matter how big or small, we are so appreciative.  If you can only share with others, we are equally grateful. Every bit of support helps so much.  From the deepest part of our hearts, we thank you for your love, well wishes and generosity.  xo
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It has been some time and Kieran has been through the most rigorous treatment that he has experienced since he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma 17 months ago! Kieran has just finished 20 treatments of radiation to cover all of the areas where there is currently active cancer from his neck to below his rib cage. Kieran experienced side effects almost immediately and baffled his team as to why and how they could be so extreme. However, having endured the past 17 months of treatments physically and psychologically as well as losing his Nonna and Ethan, it is no wonder his body and mind aren’t overwhelmed by the amount of chemotherapy treatments, radiations treatments, and the stem cell transplant and recovery he still is working through!

While Kieran gets his radiation treatment and all the medical visits needed we stay in Victoria during the week and come home on weekends. This way Kieran and I are able to avoid the hours of driving, the construction and more specifically as the time goes on, the side effects of treatment makes Kieran increasingly exhausted, and suffer side effects. Kieran has had the past 4 weeks to recover at home but with the accumulation of radiation his taste buds, mouth and throat have been greatly affected and Kieran has lost a significant amount of weight since since Oct. And so we have been working closing with the team of Oncologist and Nutritionist to ensure Kieran’s health isn’t more substantially at risk. These last few days of increased nutrition and feeling better are all the break Kieran has had before we pack our bags for the next cycle of treatment!

Thankyou all for your love, support, and prayers ❤️❤️❤️

Tomorrow is a new day, and a new beginning for the next set of 20 treatments of radiation to Kieran’s abdomen and pelvis. Thankfully at a lower dosage than the last treatments and Kieran will be okay to go ahead with treatment. Please continue to keep our family in your hearts, minds and prayers. This has been a long journey that was anticipated to be over in 6 months of chemotherapy! - and everyday we get up and fight another day! You can never imagine the strength your child has until you see them fight for their life- and then watch their friends surround them and hold them up- and their parents lift their children up- and their community lift the families up! It is truly the most encouraging thing I have ever seen! Thank you for never letting us walk this journey alone ❤️ We are forever grateful for ALL that we have received and we are truly blessed

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ☃️
Love Cindy, Kieran, Tyson and Ethan in heaven
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Our family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of you that have been sharing and donating to help support Kieran through this difficult journey.❤️
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Whether your donation is big or small, it shows us how much you genuinely care for Kieran and his health. We are so very grateful for the contribution you have made and want you to know how much we appreciate this! For all of you that have been sharing his story, thank you so much for being his advocates!
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Words simply cannot describe what it means to know you are in Kieran's corner. Thank you from very deepest part of our hearts! xo
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Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since our last update and truthfully, it’s hard to put into words what has actually been happening. Kieran completed his stem cell transplant and spent nearly a month in hospital and six weeks in Vancouver. He handled the procedure including 48 hours of chemotherapy to prepare him for it like a champ, and we are all so proud of him.

On July 27th, Kieran had a PET scan in Vancouver and a few days later the results revealed that the stem cell transplant was unsuccessful. Not only did old tumours not go away, but new ones were now evident. Tumours formed in Kieran’s neck, clavicle, chest, shoulder and tonsils. According to his team of doctors, Kieran’s cancer is not curable. They will do whatever they can to slow down the cancer and keep him comfortable.

On August 8th, a fine needle biopsy of the neck node was conducted with the results being inconclusive, meaning the pathologists didn’t get enough cells to determine the tissue type.

On August 13th, Kieran had a consultation with the radiation oncologist in Victoria. The suggested radiation therapy has an outcome of 20-30% chance of stopping the growth, but not curing it.

In addition to numerous doctor’s visits and consultations, Kieran’s case was discussed at the Vancouver Island Cancer Conference, the Provincial Cancer Conference as well as other related disciplines in Toronto.

On August 14th, a mask was prepared for radiation treatments as well as other preparations.

Kieran’s stem cell doctor attended the Provincial Cancer Conference to advocate for him and it was agreed that his cancer is chemo-resistant. He needs another biopsy as the other was inconclusive. Radiation therapy has been postponed and instead Kieran saw a surgeon in Victoria for a consultation to have an excisional biopsy where they would cut the whole node or a cluster of nodes out to determine what they are dealing with. It was agreed provincially that they need to see what the cells of the node is that is resistant to chemo. We are awaiting a surgery date at this time.

From the very beginning, we have maintained hope that Kieran would beat this illness and that the chances were high that he would be successful. We still maintain hope and we are confident that there is a miracle for Kieran. We continue to ask you all for your prayers, positive thoughts and messages. Please continue to share this page because we know there is someone out there that can help Kieran to live a long and happy life. Please continue to donate if you can, as the financial cost is still so great…and if you can’t donate, please share Kieran’s story.

Thank you everyone, your love and support is so appreciated. xo
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Update on Kieran:

With Kieran out of the hospital now, we are transitioning into the real world of keeping things as clean as possible, getting enough rest, eating right and watching for adverse effects. Kieran will be on antivirals and antibiotics (in hospital) for one year. But being out of hospital definitely has its perks. No one is waking Kieran at 5 am for bloodwork and again at 7 am for vital signs etc. And anything is better than hospital food! So Kieran is on the right track to healing already!

Kieran’s follow-up appointment went really well and his bloodwork is all improving! He is fatigued but otherwise starting his healing journey with his new Stem Cell Transplant!
We are getting settled into our lovely new place that is only 10-15 minutes from the hospital! Thank you to everyone for all you’ve done to reach out and help us find a new place!
And to Dave and Amanda for allowing us to stay in your beautiful suite!
We truly feel the love from our family, friends, community, hockey family and people we have never met who have reached out with care and love. We are truly blessed❤️
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