Kira is a 16yo girl and despite learning of her condition (innoperable brain tumor) only a few days ago... very optimistic and happy.
She was only a few weeks away from her drivers test and super excited because she worked all summer to save enough money to buy her own car. Unfortunately she can't see well enough to do so.
In a very short 5-week period she went from normal and healthly teenager to a kid fighting a serious brain tumor.
It started as double vision which we thought was her eyesight since she had astigmatism. We figured she needed to update her prescription and visited the optometrist.
Within a few weeks It escalated from from vision issues, to occasional headaches, then some mild dizzyness. Eventually she had such bad headaches that we started taking her to the doctor.
First to urgent care, then to the ER, Then to her physician and finally to the ER again. In her final visit to the ER they suspected meningitis. The tests were negative and fortunately the Doctor ordered an MRI.
The MRI revealed a tumor attached to her brain stem. This prompted an immediate transfer to Rady Childrens Hospital where further evaluation and additional scans revealed it to be cancerous.
Any funds raised will be used to cover medical bills and ultimately the clinical trials and experimental treatments that will be needed to fight this.
At this point her current treatment will be a combination chemo therapies and immunotherapy which will be supported by cancer fighting dietary changes. Treatments range from $17k to $32k per treament. We have been advised that it will cost around $300k for one year of therapy and drugs.
You can keep up with her latest progress on her Facebook page.
Kira is an avid surfer and after turning 16 she has been excited to get her drivers license. When asked what she wants to do when she is better the answer is always the same.....
"I want to get my license and I want to surf again." - Kira