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10/14/2017 Latest post:
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Kevin and his family learned that he had thyroid cancer in the summer of 2017. In September, surgeons at UNC Cancer Hospital successfully removed both Kevin’s thyroid gland, and the cancerous tissue. Kevin was discharged from the hospital on September 10, only to learn from his sister Kim Wells that his mother, Diane Leonard, with whom he lived and for whom he was caretaker, had died unexpectedly (but peacefully, in her sleep).
Kim, who lives in Virginia and works in Washington, D.C., had arranged to be in Chapel Hill when Kevin had his surgery, and so was here when their mother died. She has been a great support to and advocate for Kevin as plans were put in place for his post-surgical treatment.
Kevin’s medical team has prescribed an intensive seven week course of treatment for him, which consists of weekly chemotherapy administered on Mondays, and twice daily radiation treatments Monday through Friday, with follow-up doctor visits sporadically throughout. While Kim will continue to stay in Chapel Hill as much as her work schedule allows, there will be periods of time that she will be away, and assistance in the form of rides to the hospital for radiation treatments and occasional meals will be welcome. Please see “Ways to Help” on this site to review and accept tasks. The calendar will be updated regularly, and the site will even send you an email reminder about tasks you’ve accepted!