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We will cure this dirty old disease

2 Nov

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that Jace and I have a friend and ex-roommate who has been battling cancer since April.

We lost Kenny last night.

Cancer is such a dirty, horrible thing.  It makes me ill that sometime in the next week or two, we will bury a man who died three days short of his 31st birthday.  Cancer has had its impacts on my family.  My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.  So is my mother.  One of my grandfathers had lung cancer, the other melanoma.  In 2009, I lost a dear family friend to melanoma at the age of 39.  I will never understand how such a horrible thing can touch innocent people.

Now, a mother and father must bury their son.  A man of not quite 22 will bury his partner.  Kenny will continue to live on in our hearts forever though.

When Kenny got sick, Jace and I created a Facebook page to raise awareness for Kenny’s cause.  He and his partner started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with Kenny’s medical expenses.  Together, Kenny’s friends, family, and total strangers donated more than $6,000 to help Kenny and his family.  The power of social media really shined in Kenny’s case.  Feel free to peruse either of those pages to learn more about Kenny and why we all love him so very much.  Also, please keep Kenny, his partner Chris, and all of Kenny’s friends and family (Jace and I included) in your thoughts and prayers.