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Kelsie’s Story

Kelsie April Grace McKune earned her angel wings November 23, 2007.

On June 23, 2007 Kelsie was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma and began treatment. On October 23, 2007 Kelsie relapsed. Exactly five months after diagnosis Kelsie passed away with her family at her side.

We miss you Kels!


Gone from our sight but never our memories, Gone from our touch but never our hearts!

The following details are being written by Kelsie's Aunt (Kathi), and I am going to give what details I know on what led to Kelsie being in the hospital, and what has happened since.

Kelsie had been having back pain, bruising, Urinary Tract Infection, and had been very tired. After taking antibiotics for the infection Kelsie continued to have back pain. The dr. did some bloodwork to find that she had Leukemia. Mark received the phone call from the dr. on Saturday 6-23 and Kelsie and Kris immediately went to Children's Hospital. They determined that Kelsie has Burkitts Lymphoma, a very aggressive type of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Kelsie was told she would have 6 mo-1 year of chemo and had an 80% survival rate. She was immediately started on chemo. AFter several rounds of chemo the dr's told Kelsie she was in remission. Although this was great news, the family was hesitant and scared to share the information. Several weeks later Kelsie started having knee pain, only to find out that the cancer was back. The dr's told the family that Kelsie now has a 40% survival rate. They changed her chemo meds and are planning to do a bone marrow transplant in the near future. Unfortunately the new chemo meds did not work and Kelsie's cancer has progressed. There is one more chemo the dr's said we can try, it has a 30% success rate in relapsed Burkitts patients. The dr's said that is the last option, and said at this point it would most likely only prolong things. Kelsie got that chemo and once again it was not effective in fighting the cancer. Unfortunately there was nothing else the Dr's could do. Within one month Kelsie passed away. She is gone from this world but will never be forgotten by so many. We look forward to seeing her you so much Kels, miss you!!!!!!

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