Kelsie was a happy six year old, enjoying life and all that it offered. She loved all god's creatures, especially birds, enjoyed scouting, and her friends and family. In March 2006, she was diagnosed with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor—known as Neurofibrosarcoma*. After a complete resection of the initial tumor, no further evidence of disease was found. Unfortunately, a few months later some nodules were discovered on her lungs and she began chemotherapy in August 2006. After trying many types of chemotherapy, even after the tumors had spread to her liver, she achieved a measure of success and was taken off of therapy in July of 2008. A few months later, in January 2009, she relapsed. Kelsie's family moved forward and tried several more types of chemo and studies, unfortunately the chemo side effects hit Kelsie pretty hard by November 2009, and the chemo regimen had to be changed again. Kelsie became very sick in January 2010. After many days in the hospital, it was determined that the chemo change was ineffective and the tumors had spread throughout her little body. In February 2010, Kelsie was placed on Hospice care. She and her family enjoyed every day as much as possible, watching the birds at the feeder, selling Girl Scout cookies, having visits from friends… and all the while her favorite stuffed friend "Cluckers" by her side. Kelsie earned her Angel Wings on March 19, 2010. She was 10 years old, and had spent the last four years of her life battling cancer. Kelsie loved school, was a talented writer and artist, and honor roll student who was determined to succeed. She couldn't control her health or how well she felt, but she made the most of it. Her courage, grace, and beautiful spirit will never be forgotten. She is now free to run the golden paths of heaven, pain free, cancer free… and missed deeply by her family.
*Neurofibrosarcoma is an aggressive cancer that develops in the cells around the peripheral nerves, the nerves that carry messages from the brain and spinal cord, and is typically found in the arms or legs and can spread along the nerve cells.