On Sept 17, 2015 the CK/5K will be raising money for the families of
William Nichols who was diagnosed with brain tumor in November of 2015
and McKai Malooley who was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma in December of 2015.
Here are their stories, written by each of their moms.....
William Nichols was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of brain cancer on November 21, 2015. On November 23, 2015 he had surgery to remove a golf ball sized tumor from the right side of his brain. Surgery and recovery went well. Shortly after Christmas, William under went 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. William had a small break from treatment and then started treatments again in April, with a very aggressive and strong chemotherapy. This course of treatment has required him to be admitted to the hospital for four days out of the month and to then return a week later for another treatment and/or platelets.
William lives in Marengo with his parents, Tim and Jennifer Nichols, and his four brothers; Cody, Kaleb, Trenton, and Christian. William is of the youngest. William loves to play with Legos, video games, and goof around like any other 7 year old boy.
McKai was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very aggressive pediatric cancer in December of 2015. McKai just turned 1 in August, and is a very active and happy little boy who lives in Cary with his amazing parents and sisters.
"After receiving the diagnosis, the family waited three weeks for test results to indicate the stage of their now-11-month-old son’s rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the body’s muscle and soft tissue. While the stage 3, category 3 results took time to process, the Malooleys wasted no time procuring a treatment plan at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Although radiation typically is the most effective course of action, McKai’s age and size complicate the issue. Radiation would adversely affect McKai’s pelvic growth and development near the site of the tumor. While the original plan was 40 weeks of chemotherapy beginning Feb. 1, upon discovering that the cancer had traveled to the lymphatic system, treatment was extended to 104 weeks. " Northwest Hearald July 8, 2016