Love & Support for Kieran Brown

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Raised by 122 people in 6 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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Update: Kieran went to Vancouver on January 30th for a PET scan to determine how the treatment has been working. On a good note, the mass in Kieran’s chest is nearly gone with some residual scar tissue left. This means that he has been cleared to do some light exercise and most importantly, he can skate!

On a different note, Kieran has tumors reappearing in his neck, clavicle and spleen. The tumours in his neck are larger now than they were in September. The tumours are in the right side of Kieran’s neck, both sides of his clavicle and his spleen. This is causing Kieran to have more pain and a need for more pain medication. The doctors referred to this as a Refractory period which is essentially where the cancer cells have become unresponsive to the current treatment. This is not a new form of cancer; it’s just proving to be difficult and stubborn to treat.

The course of action is still somewhat being determined but what we do know for sure is that Kieran is looking at a new chemotherapy treatment plan. Radiation was discussed but is not an option as he has tumours in multiple areas of his body. At some point, Kieran will also need a Bone Marrow Transplant. We don’t have a lot of details about this but as soon as we know, we will update again.

Cindy, Kieran and Tyson are really grateful for everyone’s support, love and prayers. This is a good news/bad news situation but they will continue to move forward and take one day at a time. Kieran is expected to begin his new chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday in Victoria. Your prayers and positive vibes are really appreciated as they continue on this really difficult path. <3 xo
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Kieran has done really well with his last treatments of chemotherapy. We have managed a really well planned schedule of medications for Kieran to celebrate Christmas with family and friends
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For all that have donated and shared Kieran's story, we thank you so much for the many generous donations and kind words. It's hard to personally thank everyone but please know how truly appreciated your support is and how much it means to Kieran to know you are all in his corner! xo
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Update from Cindy: Cycle 5 Day 1

This past few weeks has been a struggle for Kieran. This week's chemo treatment was difficult with severe nausea that delayed treatment and required several IV anti nausea medications and a second IV start due to pain caused by the chemo drug. All of that made for a difficult night at home with anti nausea medication every 4 hrs. But Kieran rebounded just enough to make it to coach his Midget hockey game the next night! Now that’s dedication! Having said that, Kieran needed to rest for two days after that to recover from those couple of hours at the rink.

The other major challenge that we have been facing is that Kieran’s lymph nodes in his neck have enlarged again. So he has been undergoing additional testing with no significant findings. But not knowing what’s happening or if we’re doing enough has definitely caused increased stress, anxiety and fear (particularly for Momma-I admit it!) in our home. Having lost Ethan only two years ago, Christmas right around the corner and this new unknown with Kieran’s lymph nodes enlarging there are a lot of emotions in our home. Please keep us in your prayers this Christmas as we navigate this season together.

Huge thanks to Kieran’s amazing friend Cale who planned and took Kieran to the Vancouver Canucks vs Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game on Dec 2! Kieran has had this to look forward to since you planned it together all fall which was a gift in and of itself! Not to mention the amazing time Kieran had at the game with you Cale! You’re a great friend!
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