GoFundMe page set up for Oyen fam­ily

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A GoFundMe page called: Love for Len­roy was started by Mandy Day.

It is for an Oyen fam­ily with not one, but two se­ri­ous health bat­tles. Len­roy Smith, 3, is fight­ing for his life af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour while his fa­ther, a vol­un­teer fire­fighter - has just re­ceived news that his prostate can­cer is back,

In one day, nearly $7,000 has been raised for the fam­ily.

Len­roy Smith was a mir­a­cle baby. He was never sup­posed to have been born. His par­ents, Kirby and Ke­niesha were told they couldn’t have chil­dren. Now at age 3, he’s fight­ing for his life be­cause of an in­op­er­a­ble brain tu­mour.

On Dec. 1, 2019, Len­roy was taken to the Emer­gency Room as he had been com­plain­ing of a se­ri­ous stomach ache. He then be­came un­re­spon­sive and started to have seizures. The doc­tor on call was un­cer­tain as why this was hap­pen­ing, so the PICU team from the Al­berta Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal had to be called in. Len­roy was then placed in an in­duced coma in or­der to stop the seizures, as well as for trans­port. He was air lifted to the Al­berta Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal while Kirby and Ke­niesha drove 3.5 hours from our home­town to the hos­pi­tal in Cal­gary.

Upon ar­rival they learned that Len­roy was in the ICU unit and a CT scan showed that there was a brain tu­mor rest­ing on his pi­tu­itary gland. An MRI later showed the se­ri­ous­ness of his con­di­tion and a tube was sur­gi­cally im­planted in his brain to drain some of the fluid and re­duce the pres­sure (the tu­mour con­sists of 2 parts, a jelly sack and a hard sec­tion).

As his tu­mour is on his pi­tu­itary gland, it will cause more harm to try to re­move it than to sur­gi­cally drain it. As a re­sult, Len­roy will have to live with this tu­mour, take se­ri­ous hor­mone re­place­ment medicine and have mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions on his head an­nu­ally, for the rest of his life.

This alone, is dev­as­tat­ing - but the Smith fam­ily is was dealt another blow in Jan­uary, 2020. Kirby, who had just re­cov­ered from pros­trate can­cer surgery in June, 2019, re­ceived news that his can­cer lev­els (PSA) were ris­ing and he will re­quire 33 ra­di­a­tion treat­ments.

His treat­ment plan will be 33 treat­ments run­ning 1 treat­ment per day Mon­day – Fri­day over a course of 7 weeks in Cal­gary, Al­berta at the Tom Baker Can­cer Cen­tre. This means that he will be away from home, un­avail­able to work and sup­port the fluc­tu­at­ing health of his 3 year old son as well as Ke­niesha, who suf­fers from high blood pres­sure.

If ever there were a fam­ily wor­thy of your sup­port, financial or other­wise, it would be the Smith fam­ily. Kirby is a hard­work­ing vol­un­teer fire­fighter and mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. Kirby and Ke­niesha are orig­i­nally from Ja­maica and have bright­ened our small com­mu­nity with their love and laugh­ter - and their fa­mous Jerk Chicken! Ke­niesha has re­cently lost the fund­ing re­quired to keep her em­ployed at her job due to gov­ern­ment cut­backs and is ac­tively seek­ing em­ploy­ment at this time. She has been ac­tive in our com­mu­ni­ties early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and schools.

Len­roy & Kirby are fight­ing for their lives ev­ery day and the fam­ily has ex­hausted their sav­ings. They have a long road ahead and it will be costly. I ask that you imag­ine what you would do for some­one in your fam­ily un­der these ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and click the link be­low to do­nate. This Go Fund Me ac­count will ac­cept both credit card and debit card do­na­tions.

GoFundMe link: gf.me/v/c/jzpl/love­for-len­roy

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