Ke’yair’s Story – Taking on Osteosarcoma

Ke’yair is an upbeat, inspiring and charismatic 10-year-old. He likes building things with his Legos in his spare time, learning about high-end cars, being with his friends, and playing with his service dog and companion, Dexter.

But unfortunately, Ke’yair was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, in 2019 when he was just 8 years old.

Initially, Ke’yair was treated with various surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy but unfortunately, this was not enough to get rid of his cancer completely, as it returned in 2020.

One Day at a Time

When Ke’yair’s cancer returned, he had few options. The surest option to ensure this aggressive cancer didn’t return was to undergo surgery to remove the tumor and amputate his affected limb.

Then, in March 2020, Ke’yair had surgery on his right lung, which he almost didn't wake up from. This experience was incredibly scary for him and his family.

But as Ke’yair’s mom has told us, “He’s a true warrior. Even on his darkest days, he manages a smile.”

Recently, doctors operated on his lungs for a second time. Thankfully, this  surgery went without complications - the team found one nodule and some scar tissue.

Ke’yair has lots of family and friends who love and support him and make regular hospital visits and call Ke’yair regularly.

Ke’yair also has a trusted companion… his mom’s dog, Dexter. Dexter has given Ke’yair much-needed company during those tough days, has kept Ke’yair motivated and has even helped him learn to use his new prosthetic.

Currently, Ke’yair has undergone nine cycles of  chemotherapy, a leg amputation and two lung surgeries to remove tumors found there.  The journey has been nerve-wracking for Ke'yair, but he remains resilient and positive to those around Ke'yair says, "One day at a time." 

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