Today is a huge milestone for Kevin

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We have been eagerly looking forward to today! Today marks the completion of Kevin’s ‘remission induction’ course of Chemotherapy treatment! Kevin has been receiving intense treatment since he was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), back in September 2017. It has been a long process with many medical procedures, but throughout it all Kevin has amazed us with his bravery and strength. We are so proud of him. 

 

So many of you have been on this journey with us since his initial diagnosis, together we have raised an incredible £24,954 towards his treatment, and we are so thankful to every single one of you who has donated. Without this treatment Kevin would not be alive today!

 

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A well renowned Professor in Nairobi, who is overseeing Kevin’s treatment, is amazed by Kevin’s progress so far. Kevin’s story is now being used as an example of hope for families whose children are currently being diagnosed with the same condition. On admission, Kevin’s initial test results were severe; some doctors even advised us that treatment was not worth the battle. But 10 months on the doctors continue to be amazed at by Kevin’s progress, resilience and recovery. 

The Treatment Process:

Treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is divided into 3 phases. These are:

⭐️ Remission induction
⭐️ Consolidation therapy
⭐️ Maintenance therapy

Treatment for ALL usually takes between 2 and 3 years. The maintenance phase (the last phase) of treatment takes up most of this time.

The aim of the ‘remission induction’ phase is to destroy the leukaemia cells. If there is no sign of leukaemia in your blood and bone marrow after treatment it is called a complete remission (CR).

 

What next for Kevin?

In 2 weeks time, Kevin will have biopsies and tests to see whether he has reached complete remission, following the completion of his 'Remission Induction' treatment. We are believing his body to be completely leukaemia free! We are believing his treatment has been effective and we are believing he will not need any further chemotherapy at this time.

Kevin will shortly begin a course of daily radiotherapy for a period of two weeks. This will be followed by further chemotherapy and medication in blocks in the future to keep the Leukaemia cells away. He will visit the Doctor regularly and have his blood counts routinely checked. But the treatment schedule will be greatly reduced meaning that Kevin will soon be able to return home to Kakamega, almost a year after he left for treatment.

 

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We are so proud of our boy; it has not been an easy journey for him, spending so much time in hospital, receiving very invasive treatments, far away from his home and his brothers in Kakamega. To celebrate and mark the milestone of completing this chemotherapy treatment we are organising for Kevin’s brothers to visit him in Nairobi where they will all go on a trip to a local safari park, a much deserved treat for them all.

 

To date we have spent a needed £36,289 on his treatment, (more than £10,000 over what we have raised). With Radiotherapy, follow up tests and subsequent treatment to come this total will continue to rise, so if you are able and would like to give towards saving this precious life, we would really appreciate your help.

 

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If you would like to send Kevin a letter of encouragement, or you have children who would like to send him a drawing, these can be sent out with some of our team if we receive them by email or post before 8th August, Kevin loves receiving your love and encouragement!

 

We look forward to further celebrating his results with you, as they come in, and thank you so much for partnering with us to save Kevin’s life! 

 

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Samuel Nudds