As some of you may have heard, Dr. Kilgore's son Jimmy has recently been diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive angiosarcoma of the right atrium of his heart. This cancer affects 25 people per year, and the incidence of this type of tumor is just one in ten million.
Jimmy is currently six weeks into his 12-week chemotherapy treatment. This treatment, along with Jimmy's nutritional plan and adjunctive efforts, are intended to shrink the tumor to an operable size so that he can have it removed through open heart surgery later this fall. Following surgery and recovery, Jimmy will then undergo radiation therapy.
Dr. Kilgore and her family are so thankful for the kind words, encouragement, and prayers offered by her clients and the community as a whole. This support has helped them to get through some of their most difficult days.
Many of you have asked what you can do to help. Since this is such a rare form of cancer, many of the treatments and trials are not covered by insurance. This is taking a huge financial toll on the family, so we ask if you would like to help, please "lend your heart to heal his" by helping us reach our goal of raising $50,000. This will help fund his treatment, nutritional needs, and cost of living.
Please follow the link to Jimmy's Indeigogo page. No donation is too small!
Unable to make a financial contribution?
Don't worry — instead we ask that you share Jimmy's story to spread awareness of the disease (use #kihelakayo) and please say a prayer for the Kilgore family as they continue to support Jimmy in his fight against cancer.
Kihelakayo Means "Keep Going"
A young man asked his Lakota grandfather what the answer was to life's difficulties...
"Kihelakayo" said the old man, "Keep Going."
And then he said, "There are many realities in life such as joy and sadness, winning and losing, standing and falling, plenty and hunger, and good and bad. But the ultimate reality is that life is a journey, and sometimes you walk it in sunlight and sometimes you walk it in shadow. None of us asked to be born, but we are here and we must walk our journey with our strengths, and our weaknesses.
"Within each of us is the will to win, as well as the willingness to lose. To put it another way; The determination to face life, or the fear to turn away from it.
"Life is not always easy. There are difficulties, storms if you will, that bring loss, set-backs, sadness, heartache, and disappointments of every kind. But every storm, and every difficulty can teach us to be strong.
"To learn to be strong, we must stand and face the storms and difficulties that life throws at us. It means crying when we need to. But it also means to keep looking for answers, to keep hoping. It means to survive this moment, and the next, and the next, until the darkness passes and the sun rises again, as it always will.
"Life's journey is like climbing a hill. To reach the top we must do it one step at a time. We should always remember that the smallest, the weakest, or the slowest step towards the sunrise, toward hope, toward the top of the hill is stronger than any difficulty. And we must never forget that the secret to determination is to keep going. No matter how weary we may be, or no matter what faces us. Above all we must keep going."