Isaac Jacob Kemper

Isaac Jacob Kemper

Born: September, 2005

Isaac Jacob Kemper

  • Hometown: Grimsby, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2009
  • Diagnosis: Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma - a cancer that occurs in large muscles of the trunk, arms & legs.

Some facts about my treatment:

On September 8, 2009, which was the day Isaac was to start Junior Kindergarten, he woke up with a horrible stomach ache. He was taken to West Lincoln Hospital in Grimsby and then his parents, Brad & Larisa, were told to take him to McMaster Childrens’ Hospital in Hamilton. Isac was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. The tumour was the size of a small football. Needless to say Isaac didn’t make it to school that day. His treatments stretched on for months – 11 months of chemotherapy, two months of radiation therapy and seven surgeries. His parents and one-year old sister, Lilah, spent the month of September 2009 living at the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton. By March 2010 Isaac was cancer-free but the cancer returned in June of 2011. Isaac went to Camp Oochigeas last summer for 1 week but has decided this year to go for the full 2 weeks. He also atended a weekend away at Camp Ooch in October and again in January. He loved camp. He underwent more radiation treatments at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton in 2012 and was told he was cancer-free May of 2013.

What I want people to know about me

I’m a fun-loving, free-spirited boy.

My favourite day was

Seeing the World Finals of Monster Jam in Las Vegas.

The worst thing about having cancer

The physical and emotional pain I have had to experience.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A baseball player or a monster truck driver.

My message to other kids undergoing treatment

Never give up and stay strong.

If you could have one superpower strength, what would it be?

Be invincible to cancer.

If I had three wishes they would be…

Get a new monster truck, have a bunk bed and not be sick anymore.

I’m involved with Coast to Coast because…

I want to get my message across to all children with cancer to stay strong and keep believing you will be healed.

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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