A very nice young man I know, Kyle Morgan, has recently been diagnosed with stage IV renal medullary carcinoma, a very rare form of kidney cancer. This particular strain has only occurred in about 120 people ever and is incurable. The cancer spreads very rapidly and it has already moved from Kyle’s kidneys into his lungs, lymph nodes, spine and brain.
I am trying to help Kyle raise money by sharing his story with everyone I know or am connected with. True Coffee Roasters, where Kyle used to work, is hosting a family carnival and fundraiser this Sunday from 11-5. There will be a lot of fun activities, including a DJ, face painting, a bouncy house, cake & bread walk (whatever that is :) ), micro golf, carnival games, Culver's frozen custard and more. In addition, 15% of purchases in the cafe will donated.
I do not normally solicit donations from this group. In fact, in the 6+ years I've been involved in the group, I never have until now. But Kyle and his story really touched me, and I started thinking that if we could get one-fourth of SPDA members to drop by and donate $5 each we could easily raise $1,000 for Kyle. And this is a great opportunity to combine a good cause with fun for the kids (or just a good cup of coffee if you don't have kids to bring).
Kyle is only 25 years old and is a husband and father of a 2 year old daughter. He had just enrolled in the fire service program in Madison to become a firefighter. Kyle is the kind of person with whom you immediately feel at ease and you can’t help but like. He always has a smile on his face, a joke or kind word to say, and he is a devoted husband and father.
Kyle has already started chemo and radiation, but, because of the rare nature of his type of cancer, his insurance company considers all treatment options “experimental” and they are not covered. Kyle and his family have already incurred thousands of dollars in medical bills consulting specialists and treatments to help him manage his illness.
Kyle’s story was recently featured on the local news:
If you would like to help Kyle, you can make a donation via the following website:
If you prefer to make a donation privately, checks can be made out to “Searching for a Cure” and sent to any US Bank.
You can also give donations to me and I will pass them along.
Any help for Kyle is greatly appreciated. I hope to see many of you at True on Sunday!