our kids

Nala

Nala is Keniyah’s little sister. Nala is so glad her big sister is back home and healthy.

At the end of 2015, Keniyah was diagnosed with stage 2 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. High grade small cell B cell lymphoma to be exact. This is a blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system and organs that are part of the lymph system. Keniyah has received 2 years of chemo treatment. We have had so many ups and downs during this journey.

Before Keniyah’s journey of fighting cancer started both myself and her father worked. But after her diagnosis, I had to quit work and take care of her full time. In addition, Keniyah was unable to attend school any more. Keniyah siblings Isaiah (7) and Nala (6) love her so much. They may all start out in separate beds but in the morning they always in up in a bed together.

After Keniyah started being hospitalized for her illness it really took a toll on Isiah and Nala. They would always ask “where is Keniyah,” and “when are you coming home.” It seemed as if our stays were getting longer and longer and more and more expensive. We were once a family with 2 incomes. Now we only have one income so we had to make a lifestyle change. We live 2 ½ hours from Charleston so it is very expensive every time we come for treatment. Some of our treatments would last for more than two weeks.

Keniyah rang the bell in March of this year. She is now cancer-free. Hallelujah! Help with Christmas this year is such a blessing. After such a stressful year, my husband and I are looking forward to seeing our children smiling faces come Christmas morning. My husband and I work hard to provide for our family. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.