“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
- Isaiah 41:10
Four of the most heart-breaking words a parent can hear is “your child has cancer.” In January, these were the words doctors told Aja and Dewey Young about their four - year old daughter, Kaelie Young of Carrollton, who was diagnosed with intermediate risk neuroblastoma cancer.
The type of cancer Kaelie has been diagnosed with is inoperable, but she is currently receiving chemotherapy to hopefully reduce the size of the tumor. The costs of receiving treatment for this disease are astronomical and the family needs a little help with the mounting medical expenses.
The Warrior Brotherhood Veterans Motorcycle club will host a Strive for a Cure fund-raiser at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the San Saba, Texas town square to help with the expense of Kaelie’s medical bills.
The event will take place during San Saba’s trade days and will offer food prepared by Juice Rosales. Each plate will contain brisket, ranch beans, mexican rice, hand made tortillas and a drink. Plates will be $9 each.
For kids of all ages, there will be a huge Superman inflatable obstacle course and face painting. The National Guard military vehicles also will be on display, and they will be holding a 50/50 raffle.
If her health permits, Kaelie and her family will be present at the event.
The story behind Kailie’s diagnoses is quite a tale. After she began having flu symptoms, the Youngs had taken her to a small clinic in their home town, but due to a long wait took her to the bigger hospital in Dallas, where a nurse practitioner had made the decision to give Kaelie an X-Ray, which found the tumor wrapped around her spine and the cancer. The hospital immediately had the ability to biopsy the tumor and diagnose it Jan. 2.
She began chemo the next day and is currently on her fourth cycle of chemotherapy. Once the tumor has shrunk, the doctors will remove it surgically.
Dewey Young said that the doctors are optimistic about the chemotherapy working, but they won’t be certain for two to three more weeks.
Young said, “There must have been an angel looking out for Kaelie because they caught it early, and it was amazing they had caught it at all. They type of cancer Kaelie has is rare and the symptoms are easily missed or not there at all. One day you just wake up paralyzed from it.”
“At first it was devastating,” said Young, “there are days were she is laughing and playing with us and then she has another chemo treatment. It is a trying experience, but she’s pretty strong.”
Strive for a Cure will be a family friendly event where members of the community and its surrounding area can enjoy a wonderful afternoon with friends, family, music, great food and all of it goes to help a beautiful little girl and her family during this difficult time.
All proceeds and donations raised by the event will go to Kaelie and her family for medical expenses.
Young said, “Everybody’s just been wonderful from the donations to the prayers and support. It has been an experience. She’ll have a story.”