Love for Nainoa

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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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Today's marks one year since Nai's passing. He is never far from our thoughts. We love and miss you, Nainoa!


1991 ~ 2016
Kamen Nainoa Reaveley passed away August 15, 2016 at the age of 25 after a 10 month battle with Ewing Sarcoma.
Nainoa was born on April 23, 1991 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents Kenneth and Rochelle Reaveley felt incredibly blessed to bring him home to Utah when he was a few days old. He brought great joy to their family. Nainoa graduated from Cottonwood High School where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams. Nainoa served an honorable mission for the LDS Church in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. He loved his mission and spoke often about his time there.
Nainoa spent many summers in Hawaii. He especially loved Kauai where he enjoyed spending time with family, diving, fishing and camping at Anini Beach.
On November 4, 2014 he married his high school sweetheart Kaelyn June Guenther in the Salt Lake Temple. Nainoa and Kaelyn were side by side in everything they did. Facing this fight against cancer was no different. Kaelyn was there every step of the way. They made the most out of every minute they had together building many happy memories. The love they shared for each other was felt by everyone around them.
Part of growing up for Nainoa was helping to care for his mom as she faced many health challenges. Nainoa had a special relationship with his mother. He loved helping her, especially being her personal chauffeur. His Aunty Kehau also played a large part in his upbringing. He considered her to be a mother figure in his life. She was always there to guide him with unconditional love. Nainoa was very close to his sister Missy. When Nainoa was 4 years old he told his parents he was going to have a sister and just a few months later Missy joined their eternal family. Nainoa and Missy loved to listen to music, watch movies and hang out together. They laughed a lot and always had fun. They were siblings and also best friends.
Through all of his trials Nainoa made the decision to be happy and enjoy life. His decision to do this brought everyone around him happiness. His sweet disposition was a blessing to all who knew him.
Nainoa is survived by his wife Kaelyn and her parents Steve and Rolinda Guenther. He's also survived by his sister Kaleinani "Missy" Reaveley, grandparents; Larry and Janice Reaveley; Alwin and Odetta Battad and many aunts, uncles and cousins both in Utah and Hawaii. He is preceded in death by his parents, and Grandma Gayle Jensen Reaveley.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Church 2702 South Main Street SLC, UT. A viewing will be held Friday, August 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S Highland drive and 9:30- 10:30 prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
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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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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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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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Leslie Richard
34 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
26 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
33 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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Jordan Wood
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Hopefully all of our mission friends will see this to help as much as they can.

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Andrew Bingham
24 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.

Leslie Richard
34 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
26 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
33 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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