Condition: Brain Tumor
City, State: Redmond, OR
Club: Highland Magnet School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 514
Date Adopted: 11/20/2015
It was a Monday morning in January 2014 when Kinsley was sitting in her high chair eating her morning meal, just as she had always done. It was then that her mom, Rachell, noticed something unusual. Kinsley’s left eye seemed to be moving constantly. By Thursday, when she was finally able to be seen by a doctor, the movement was worse.
A week later, a specialist sent her in for an MRI. While waiting for the results, Kinsley had developed movement in both eyes and her head began to nod. When the results came back, it was not what her parents, Kevin and Rachell, wanted to hear. Kinsley had a brain tumor.
Upon further tests, the tumor was found to be non-cancerous, but also, the tumor was located in a place where it could not be removed. Doctors decided to treat Kinsley with chemotherapy. Kinsley, now, travels to Portland every Monday for her chemotherapy and will have MRI’s every few months to determine if treatments are working. She underwent treatment for 18 months.
On July, 20th 2015, Kinsley had a Debulking surgery, which means doctors removed a portion of the tumor, in hopes that chemotherapy will be more effective and doctors successfully removed a lot of the tumor. There were side effects to the surgery though. The surgery caused Kinsley to go blind and have increased weakness in her left side. The following month on August 20th, Kinsley went in for surgery again to place a shunt in her brain to help relieve a build-up of fluid. The surgery was a success, until doctors saw that a major blood vessel in her tumor burst. Kinsley was rushed into emergency surgery to repair the rupture, as well as remove the blood clot.
Kinsley has now endured 6 brain surgeries and 2 port surgeries. She will continue her weekly chemotherapy treatment in Portland and will start occupational and physical therapy to build strength again in her left side. She will also start horse therapy in the Spring and will be taking trips to Vancouver to a specialist that helps with blindness.
Although Kinsley’s life has been a difficult one, she is a beautiful vibrant little girl who loves her family. She enjoys listening to stories read to her by her big brother, Bailey.
Kinsley will be adopted as a Sparrow to Highland Elementary School in Bend. Students will work hard to raise money for Kinsley through sponsored community service by the Delgado Family and fundraising projects.