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To help my uncle with finances. To fund alternative treatments that are not covered by medical. That could be his last chance.

THIS STORY IS ABOUT MY FAMILY, WITH FOCUS ON MY UNCLE KENNY, THROUGH MY EYES AND IN MY OWN WORDS.
WE ARE JUST ONE FAMILY OF SO MANY WHO ARE FACING THE LIFE ALTERING CIRCUMSTANCES OF CANCER. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THIS IS A WAR NO ONE SHOULD FACE ALONE. BEATING CANCER TAKES MORE THEN JUST TREATMENT. IT TAKES MIND BODY AND SPIRIT TO HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING.
LETS BE REALISTIC, TREATMENTS USED TO KILL CANCER, KILLS EVERYTHING, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. ITS HARD TO STAY POSITIVE. THAT IS WHY YOUR SUPPPORT IS SO IMPORTANT. THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE!!
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO HEAR OUR STORY AND MANY THANKS TO ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE, TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO CARE ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!
THIS IS THEIR STORY...FEEL IT, ENJOY IT. PLEASE LET ME EXPRESS TO YOU THAT MY FAMILY AND I ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT US AND MY UNCLE IN THIS CRITICAL TIME OF HIS LIFE.
WE INVITE EVERYONE TO POST YOUR ENCOURAGEMENTS, KIND WORDS AND PRAYERS.
SHARE YOUR STORIES AND EXPERIENCES, PLEASE DONATE TO OUR FUND ANY AND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE APPRECIATED. TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS, SPREAD THE WORD, LETS CREATE AWARENESS!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
My uncle Ken who is the youngest sibling of 5. My uncle Dallas the oldest, followed by my auntie Diane, my mom Donna, and youngest sister Kim. Since they were young they have been no stranger to tragedy.
They grew up poor and had to work hard for everything they have. Which to some may not seem like much, but what they do have still after all these years is each other.
Probably the worst day for them all, was Kenny's 5th birthday. When he found his mother passed away in her bed. Accident? They will never know, but one thing they did know was that no matter what, she loved them very much.
If loosing their mother wasn't hard enough, they were then faced with the situation of who will take care of them? Will they be split up, and loose each other too?
Dallas being oldest, a young man was already enlisted in the Navy, just married with his first son on the way. Oldest sister Diane was a teenager, still a young girl trying to take care of her younger siblings. Living in the projects of east Vancouver, making ends meet whatever way she could.
It wasn't long before they were taken and placed in foster homes, being bounced around from foster home to foster home. Finally after some time and several different living arrangements. The girls went to live with grandma Kondra, their dads mom.
Diane went on her own by then and little Kenny was taken in by uncle Ed and auntie Linda, their dads brother and wife.
The best part about that was they lived just a block away from each other, so although not living under same roof, they were still close.
Of course blessed with a roof over their heads, food on the table, and clothes on their back. Life with Grandma Kondra and Uncle Ed was a strict and often they felt out of place and alone.
As time went on, everyone growing up eventually they started to make their own families. Dallas married his high school sweet heart and had 4 sons of his own already, living on the island at the navy base.
Next, was my mom Donna, at the young age of 18, had her first and only child which is ME!!
When I was growing up I have great memories of being close to my aunts and uncles. Especially uncle Kenny because for almost 10 years we lived right next door to him.
When I was about 11 , he married and had his first beautiful daughter, Nina. A year later his first born son, Marshall.
Following them Auntie Diane had twin boys, Jason and Troy (troy born with down syndrome). My aunt even with her her struggles in life has done an amazing job raising them. Her motherly attributes, she learned at a young age and patience is incredible.
Finally the following year, Auntie Kim also had a set of twins, little Sarah and her brother Aaron. Raising them as a single mom, she dedicated herself to raising them. Making sure they had all the opportunities and necessities they often grew up without.
Life was good now. They were all blessed with beautiful, healthy children, although not wealthy but lived comfortably. Coming from broken homes, often people fall in the same patterns. Sadly this is all more common then it should be.
First my mom and dad, split up but she remarried shortly after to then step father, Art. After 5+ years of marriage and one tragic night. Life changed for us, Art had ran a red light 3 days before Christmas and their car got hit by a semi truck. I almost lost my mom forever, I was just 15.
Unfortunately, the cycle continues, but not to fault of his own and not without trying Uncle Kenny's marriage was next to fall apart. He fought for custody of young Nina and Marshall, raising them mostly on his own.
Eventually he met Heidi, his second wife, who also had a son, Devon. They married and had another son Coby who is now 10. They are now separated, and Coby lives with his dad. But still the worse has yet to tell.
For the last two years, Kenny has already been at battle with Cancer for his son Marshall. He dropped everything to be there for him. At the young age of 21 after being misdiagnosed 5 times was unexpectedly rush to the hospital one day. She was suffering from symptoms of nausea, severe dizziness, blurred vision, loss of balance. Only to find out post surgery from the removal of a 4cm tumor in his cerebellum which had created a hemorrhaging 2cm tear to his brain. While bed ridden and learning that the tumor was cancerous and had metastasized to his spine.
I remember Uncle Kenny saying all the time, if only he could take Marshall's cancer and give it to him, anything for his son to live. Not leaving his son's side the whole time. They were told that they should get their affairs in order and be prepared for the worse. That the next few months would probably be their last.
Living off his savings, credit cards he continued to fight, not allowing what the doctors said to bring them down, didn't they know who they were dealing with? Ken Robertson doesn't give up, he doesn't loose, not without the fight of your life! That's exactly what they did, it was a brutal time for Marshall, but with his dad, mom and all our family's support he pulled through it. In August 2012 after 36 sessions of radiation and 7 month long cycles of chemo, his cancer has been in remission.
Just last year, his daughter Nina got married to a great guy, they just had a beautiful baby girl, his first grand child. His children and him just got over one cancer battle and now to turn around and face yet another. This time it is Cancer in his Esophagus, he has two large tumours. For the last four weeks they have started aggressive chemo and radiation treatments. He had a feeding tube put in because he was literally starving to death.
He will have to have a surgery that will change his life forever. Never be able to lay down again, will have to sleep on a 45 degree angle. He will never be able to eat a real meal, only small portions at a time. But now they risk the cancer spreading during surgery if his tumours don't start to shrink.
My uncle is one of the best, most solid, caring, responsible men I know and he needs your help!!!
I have read about alternative cancer clinics in Mexico that use natural methods of cancer treatments. Often people who have been told they can't do no more for them and are sent home to die go there as a last resort. I do not know enough about it to say for sure but they have a 85% success rate, that is amazing!! We do know a few family friends who have gone to Mexico for this type of treatment and were pleased to hear that they came back cancer free and they met many people there with the same success stories.
Of course this is not covered by our medical system and costs money we just don't have. This is one reason why we need your support. I am afraid so far our cancer treatments here are not working but we are waiting to finish his treatments and see what our next options and battle will be.
Here is a link to see for yourself. Please tell me what you think.
http://www.cancer-research-awareness.com/mexican-cancer-clinics.html">http://www.cancer-research-awareness.com/mexican-cancer-clinics.html
My family would appreciate any feedback, please send us your comments, support, ideas or experiences.
Please, we wouldn't ask if we didn't really need it, but help us raise funds for my uncle Kenny. All donations big or small will make a difference. This is a man who has to survive, that's what we do!!
Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Words can't say how much your support means to us, we are so grateful for all we have and will continue to fight for cancer awareness even after this battle. Help others in their battle!! Lets kick cancers ass!!! Bless you all!!
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