Apr 30, 2016 Latest post:
Oct 20, 2021
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about Kai. He was diagnosed at age 23 mos. and again at age 6 with ependymoma, a kind of brain tumor. Kai is an amazing young man and an inspiration to all who meet him.
My name is Kai Sakamoto Hardesty. I will turn 19 years old this fall. I have a younger brother named Ken; we share the same birthday but are two years apart. I love cribbage, music, doing arts and crafts, and especially designing and building machines like a working hovercraft I can ride and remote control robots that I design, build, and install the electronics. Just before my second birthday, I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, ependymoma. I had a 14 hour surgery to remove it and then went through 6 weeks of radiation treatment at St Jude. I had clean scans for 4 years. On Tuesday November 11th, 2008 my scan indicated my tumor has recurred. I had surgery at Le Bonheur on November 26 and successfully removed this tumor even though I suffered a stroke. I went through six weeks of cranial spinal radiation at St Jude. At the end of the radiation treatment, I showed signs of radiation injury, so I did eight weeks of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I have recovered from cancer twice as well as the damage caused by the treatments. I graduated with honors from high school last June and am now ready for college. "I want for everybody to be healthy and happy," Kai says.