Honored Kid

Keith W

Keith W Kid Photo

Location

Amherst, NH, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

September 2004

Status

Passed away

Treated At

Floating Hospital for Children

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My Story

Keith was a free spirit who valued his family above all else and enjoyed simple pleasures. Prior to his illness, he was an inquisitive, athletic young man who enjoyed friends, math, music, frisbee, mountain biking, ice hockey, skiing, and playing the drums. Just prior to leaving for college, Keith was diagnosed with a rare childhood brain cancer. The cancer left him with many complex medical issues,including short-term memory loss. Following the cancer and treatment, Keith continued to enjoy solving the Rubik's cube, playing card games, eating ice cream, and doing volunteer work. Throughout this time, Keith was an inspiration to those around him for his unwavering ability to express love, gratitude, and joy in each moment of his life. He embraced the challenges of cancer and short-term memory loss with humor and grace, saying "it could be worse!" and continuously thanked his mother, father, caregivers, and doctors for "taking such good care of me." On December 30, 2009, at the age of 24, Keith died peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH from complications related to his 5 year recovery from brain cancer.

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