Love for Nainoa

$12,835 of $25k goal

Raised by 165 people in 18 months
Cindy McKinley Reaveley
on behalf of Nainoa Reaveley
 FARMINGTON, UT
Our sweet, caring, funny, awesome nephew Nainoa was diagnosed with stage 4 ewing sarcoma this past week. Nainoa had been suffering from extreme back pain for the last month and lost feeling in his legs this past weekend. Upon arriving at the ER he had emergency surgery to attempt to release the impact of the pressure of the tumor on his spine as there was concern of paralysis. Fortunately, the surgery seems to have been successful. Further testing has shown the cancer is in his leg, shoulder, lungs and spine.

Nainoa has one of the kindest hearts of anyone you’ll ever meet. Unfortunately he and Kaelyn, his bride of less than a year, have a long road ahead of them as they begin the fight for Nainoa’s life. This past year has been especially challenging as Nainoa’s mourned the loss of both of his parents. The cost of treatment will be very expensive and our hope is that we can show support and love to Nainoa & Kaelyn by establishing this account.

Our family would be forever grateful to any donations, prayers and positive thoughts for a full recovery for our sweet Nainoa.





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Update 4
Posted by Cindy McKinley Reaveley
10 months ago
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A few weeks ago Nainoa’s chemotherapy was put on hold because of complications with his heart. Unfortunately during this period his tumors continued to grow aggressively. Earlier today Nainoa & Kaelyn met with Nainoa’s doctor and the decision was made that the best option is quality of life and hospice care. It is with a very heavy heart that I write that Nainoa has a few weeks to a month left with us.

Nainoa would love to see anyone who would like to visit him. He can be reached at 801-310-7606 and Kaelyn’s number is 385-210-9328. They ask that you please call or text before stopping by. We would be forever grateful for any prayers of strength, comfort, and love for Nainoa, Kaelyn, Missy and their families.

Thank you for being such a great example to us, Nainoa. We love you very much!
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Update 3
Posted by Cindy McKinley Reaveley
13 months ago
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A couple weeks ago Nainoa and Kaelyn returned from a long awaited vacation in Hawaii. Most of you probably know that many of Nainoa’s childhood summers were spent on the island of Kauai and the spirit of aloha runs through him. They had a wonderful trip and I’ve attached some pictures to share. Some of their favorite memories are: relaxing at the beach, eating amazing shave ice, visiting the royal palace, Chinatown, and the Laie Hawaii Temple, hanging out at the swap meet, and spending time with beloved family. Before Nainoa’s mom, Sissy, passed away she had a dream of making it to the islands one last time but unfortunately wasn’t able to. I know that being there with that in mind made this trip extra special for Nainoa and Kaelyn.

Nainoa is now completing his 8th round of chemotherapy treatments. His schedule consists of a 2 day chemo treatment followed by a week off, then a 5 day treatment and another week off. The 2 day treatments aren’t too bad for him but the 5 day treatments are very hard as the type of drug they use is the strongest available for his type of cancer. He has 6 more rounds of chemo to go. The good news is that the cancer is responding to his treatments. The reality is that only 10% of patients with metastasized Ewings Sarcoma live past 5 years and that when Nainoa takes a break from chemo his tumors grow. This is hard to hear but also allows Nainoa and Kaelyn to focus on living each day to the fullest.

As a family we are excited to help Nainoa celebrate his 25th birthday at the end of April. His birthday is on April 23rd and we are planning a family party with his favorite foods: teriyaki chicken and beef, rice, and, of course, mac salad! We all love Nainoa so much and hope & pray that his 25th year is filled with great progress against his cancer.

I know many of you also love Nainoa and Kaelyn and would like to continue to support them. As medical bills are always a challenge we’ve decided to keep our goal on this account more fluid as the road ahead is seeming very long and uncertain and as you can imagine, overwhelming. All funds donated to this account are used solely for medical expenses and appreciated from the bottom of our hearts. Nainoa and Kaelyn could also use support in other ways. This summer a benefit dinner and auction will be held and any donations for the auction would be so helpful. More details will be posted here, but please feel free to reach out to Kaelyn if you can help out in any way. Kaelyn has also set up a meal train account that can be accessed here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/en2q7y if you would like to bring them a meal one evening after Nainoa’s chemo treatment.

Nainoa, Kaelyn and their families truly appreciate the kindness, love, prayers, and support that you’ve all shown. Thank you for continuing to think of this sweet couple!
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Update 2
Posted by Cindy McKinley Reaveley
17 months ago
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I thought you'd all like to know that Kaelyn started a CaringBridge journal that can be accessed at:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nainoareaveley

You can follow their journey there and we'll also provide periodic updates here. Thanks again for your continued support.
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Update 1
Posted by Cindy McKinley Reaveley
17 months ago
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We can’t thank you enough for your generosity in helping us meet our goal! Thank you, your kindness means so much. Your donations will be used towards Nainoa’s deductibles for 2015 and 2016 and also towards his monthly COBRA Insurance payments.

This past week was a big one for Nainoa as he and Kaelynn celebrated their one year anniversary and he began his chemo journey. As many of you know, Nainoa is at IMC and will hopefully be able to return home in the next few weeks. The doctors are planning on him having 26 weeks of chemotherapy.

Through the generosity of others Nainoa and Kaelynn were also able to attend last Saturday’s U game in a suite with a sideline pass. It was an awesome experience for them and Nainoa really enjoyed being out of the hospital for a bit.

Please continue to keep this sweet family in your thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.
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Leslie Richard
18 months ago
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You are and always will be my kids and I favorite missionary. A real guy, not just going through the motions. Actually living to the extent. We actually love you and need you to pull through this

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Tamara Long
10 months ago

Know that we are praying for your peace and comfort during this time. You are such an example of true love.

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Ida-Lee Willardsen Reaveley
17 months ago

Hi sweetheart; Thinking about you and your darling wife this morning and just wanted you to know that my prayers are with you. Your grandpa keeps me caught up on your progress, there is just a whole lot of love out there from a whole lot of people. Love you, Aunt Ida

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$12,835 of $25k goal

Raised by 165 people in 18 months
Created October 23, 2015
Cindy McKinley Reaveley  
on behalf of Nainoa Reaveley
BW
$25
Brian Watanabe
8 months ago
JB
$25
Jeanette Brown
8 months ago
SC
$100
Scotty Campbell
8 months ago
$25
Jordan Wood
8 months ago

Hopefully all of our mission friends will see this to help as much as they can.

$25
Anonymous
8 months ago
$20
Andrew Bingham
8 months ago

Nainoa was one of the first missionaries I met on my mission, he always has a smile and could get along with people with ease. The world is missing something without him here.

TL
$20
Tanner Low
8 months ago
JR
$25
Josh Robinson
8 months ago
KT
$20
Kaden Tomlinson
8 months ago
DF
$20
Derek Ford
8 months ago
Leslie Richard
18 months ago
2
2

You are and always will be my kids and I favorite missionary. A real guy, not just going through the motions. Actually living to the extent. We actually love you and need you to pull through this

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Tamara Long
10 months ago

Know that we are praying for your peace and comfort during this time. You are such an example of true love.

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Ida-Lee Willardsen Reaveley
17 months ago

Hi sweetheart; Thinking about you and your darling wife this morning and just wanted you to know that my prayers are with you. Your grandpa keeps me caught up on your progress, there is just a whole lot of love out there from a whole lot of people. Love you, Aunt Ida

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