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Friends of Kenny "Koz" Kozikowski are banding together to raise money to help him battle against colon cancer. Please show your support!

Ken “Kenny” Kozikowski is the kind of person that has a natural gift for being extremely quick witted and funny to a fault. A long time resident of Long Beach, CA he has touched many people as he has participated in local social and charity groups large and small.

It was with great shock and sadness in October 2010, that Kenny was told he had stage 3B rectal cancer. Tumor removal surgery revealed significant lymph node involvement, mandating aggressive chemotherapy and daily radiation therapy for 6 months. After making it through this period, Kenny was told his cancer was eradicated, and told he would be tracked for the next 5 years. If only he had that luxury. During his very first follow-up appointment barely 3 months later, a routine blood test revealed that not only had his cancer recurred in this short time, but it had aggressively moved into his lungs and most significantly into his abdomen and stomach. Apparently, a horrible lack of proper practice we believe because of having no insurance, led to a wrong characterization of his condition after initial treatment, which in turn, allowed his cancer to spread very aggressively in less than 3 months.

Shortly after his new terminal stage 4 diagnosis, Kenny was admitted into the hospital for what eventually became a 2 month stay. His cancer had created a partial bowel obstruction, which was addressed with aggressive and invasive surgery that was unsuccessful due to the spread of cancer in his abdomen. Another surgery to install an ileostomy ( bag followed.

The stay in the hospital left Kenny unable to raise his body or gain mobility. Due to hospital policy regarding patients without proper insurance coverage, Kenny was abruptly discharged exactly 2 months from his admission date. Kenny now is residing at his modest 1-room apartment with limited help to bathe, eat and handle daily activities. He literally has no income to hire a caregiver. His closest family members reside over 3,000 miles away. He is challenged as he has no ability to work or perform daily activities, yet is insistent to maintain his dignity.

When Kenny was in his senior year of high school, his father told him that everyone has a calling. He explained that some people are great thinkers, some are meant to be healers, and others are meant to teach. He told his son that “you were put on this Earth to spread joy and happiness.” How right he was. Throughout Kenny’s entire life, he has effortlessly always been there to offer a laugh, quip or quick one-liner to brighten a mood or conversation, or to uplift the spirit of a friend in need.

Kenny does not have insurance. Federal and state assistance although applied for has been denied or delayed on appeal for various reasons and is only adding “insult to injury” in this case. Kenny is trying his best to call on those to which he has always been there for, to offer assistance in any form. However this assistance has yet to materialize in a significant manner and Kenny is struggling to the point he has been threatened with eviction and collection of debts that never seems to end.

Kenny is seeking the generosity of those who can relate to his challenge, faith and reality as he continues his journey. Thank you for considering helping in any way large or small.

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