Boy & Girl of the Year
BOY & GIRL OF THE YEAR
2015 Boy & Girl of the Year: Ian & Kinley
Boy of the Year
Ian began his journey in March of 2013 when he was ten years old. It began as a backache that would disappear during the day and then become quite painful at night, specifically during bedtime. After a visit to the family doctor and the discovery of immature cells in his blood, he was sent to Nationwide Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Ian was immediately admitted to the hospital. He had surgery the next day to place a Broviac central line and a Lumbar Puncture to test for leukemia cells. This made him able to receive chemotherapy directly into his spinal fluid. He underwent four rounds of intensive chemotherapy, each round requiring 4-6 weeks in the hospital. Ian endured several setbacks including infections, fevers and being admitted to the ICU. In September 2013, after his fourth round of chemo, Ian rang the bell signaling the end of chemo!
September 2014 marked his one year anniversary of being cancer free! From the start of his diagnosis, Ian has been a model of strength and optimism. He enjoys watching Duck Dynasty, playing legos, video games and sports, and wants to join the Army when he gets older. Ian continues to encourage others facing similar difficulties to never give up.
Girl of the Year