Help Kenny Kick Cancer
Organized by: Leena Patidar
Update: A lot has happened over the past several months. Kenny was unable to transfer his health care to San Diego due to insurance reasons, so he was evaluated in Portland for the specialized chemotherapy treatment we were hoping for. He was told by the surgeons there that he was not a candidate for the treatment because there was a small lesion found on his lung, so the treatment would likely not be beneficial. Kenny decided to then continue with standard chemotherapy back in Medford.
Chemo took a toll on Kenny after every session. It caused him to be very ill and lethargic, and he was feeling significantly worse every day; dealing with constant pain and nausea. He was unable to do much at all, couldn't go out with friends, and couldn't work. Kenny decided that this was not the way he wanted to continue to live, so after much deliberation, he discontinued conventional chemotherapy.
Kenny is left with no other option here in the US. Our family started doing research on clinics outside of the US that have alternative treatment options for cancer. We found a center in Tijuana Mexico that has some promising options. They have access to a drug that is currently in FDA trials in the US, but is not approved here yet. This treatment specifically targets cancer cells and spares healthy tissue. There are other options for virotherapy, protein therapy, heat, cold, diet modification, sound and vibration therapy, etc. We are very excited and hopeful that this is something that will work for Kenny.
The trouble with this is treatment option is that it is very expensive, and since it is outside of the US, his insurance will not cover any costs. Additionally, the entire fee must be paid in advance before any treatment can be initiated. We would be so grateful if you would please consider any donation of any amount to help reach our goal of $60,000 which will cover the treatment that Kenny needs.
Kenny Dexter grew up in a small town in Northern California called Fort Bragg in Mendocino County with his sister Amanda Dexter (Erickson), and his parents, Michelle and Ken Dexter.
A few years ago, Kenny moved to Medford Oregon to pursue his passion of custom auto body and paint work, with his main focus on restoring old classic cars and trucks. At the end of last year, Kenny began feeling very sick; he was having severe abdominal pain and constant nausea that never seemed to get better.
After many months of ER visits, doctors appointments and testing of all kinds, Kenny was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He went through 5 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation 5 days per week in order to shrink his tumors enough in hopes of him successfully undergoing a surgical procedure to fully remove his colon, hopefully curing him of his disease.
Kenny underwent surgery in Portland Oregon on December 15th. During his procedure, his surgeon found that Kenny has many small cancerous nodules throughout his abdomen and pelvis, indicating that his cancer has spread. This was completely unexpected for both his family, Kenny, and his medical team. Kenny recovered well from this initial surgery, but was told that his cancer is now incurable. Traditional chemo will not have a significant enough effect on these rare cancer cells.
Kenny's surgeon told him of another surgical procedure with more localized chemotherapy that may help extend his life. This procedure is not done at all in the state of Oregon, but his family has found that UC San Diego is known to be one of the best in the world for this specialized treatment. His sister is currently doing everything she possibly can to get a consultation at UCSD in hopes of Kenny being a candidate for this treatment. However, at this point, it is unknown if his insurance will approve this surgery.
If you feel so inclined, please consider a donation to aid Kenny during this difficult time so that he and his family don't have to worry about finances and can focus on trying to keep Kenny as healthy as possible. All contributions will go towards his medical bills, bills and rent for his house and shop while he is unable to work, transportation to and from medical appointments, helping Kenny's family take time off of work to be with him, and providing Kenny with funds to make his his life enjoyable.