KENZIE THE CANCER KICKER
In Memory of Angel Kenzie McCoy
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes. In 2014, our 3-year-old daughter Kenzie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Over the next 11 months, Kenzie received frontline treatment at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Only a short few months after completing all of the planned treatments, Kenzie relapsed. Currently, there is no protocol for relapsed neuroblastoma. Under the guidance of Kenzie’s Oncology team, our plan of attack was off-the-shelf chemo that she had been given during phases of her frontline treatment plan, as well as enrolling her into different clinical research trials. Over the next 2 years our family traveled from Nebraska to Chicago and Seattle, desperately looking for promising trials that might save our daughter. The cancer became too aggressive, and the years of harsh treatments were taking a toll on her body. In November of 2017, Kenzie earned her angel wings at 6-years-old.
More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any disease. In fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. Only 4% of U.S. federal cancer research funding is allocated to pediatric cancer and almost none from pharmaceutical companies. We are passionate about raising awareness and funds for promising research for innovative treatments with a better standard of care.