Local toddler battling stage 3 cancer to benefit from 2016 Cancer Freeze recipient

Published 12:48 am Saturday, November 28, 2015

A local nearly 3-year-old battling embryonal rhadomyosarcoma was named the fourth Cancer Freeze recipient for the 2016 fundraiser.


Kellen Bray Findley was born along with his twin brother Kaylor on Jan. 3, 2013.

According to a press release from Cancer Freeze, after birth, the boys were diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and were immediately transferred to Baptist Hospital in Montgomery.

That’s where Kellen’s first battle began.

Kaylor had taken most of the blood during birth, which caused Kellen’s kidneys to begin to fail.

Kellen was given a blood transfusion at Baptist Hospital and spent more than his first week fighting for life in NICU.

Kaylor was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham were he spent 31 days in NICU.

Kellen was released form Baptist after eight days, and played a big role in his brother’s recovery.

The first time they were back together again in their crib, they cuddled next to each other as if they were never separated, family members said.

They have developed a special bond.

On Sept. 27, Kellen began complaining with abdominal pain on his right side. His parents took him to the emergency room, where numerous tests were performed and a mass was discovered on his right lung.

He was airlifted to Children’s in Birmingham that night.

“We were told that there was a large tumor behind the right lung and Kellen would require a biopsy to determine if the tumor was malignant,” mom, Sabrina said. “We were devastated and completely blindsided. After the biopsy and several days of waiting he was diagnosed with stage 3 embryonal rhabomyoscarcoma. He has been through multiple weeks of chemotherapy and will undergo proton therapy radiation at MD Anderson in mid-January 2016. We feel very blessed to have Kellen chosen as a recipient of the Cancer Freeze organization.”

Cancer Freeze is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, completely volunteer organization that fundraises throughout the year to help local chosen recipients who are battling cancer. In 2016, the group will celebrate 10 YEARS of FREEZIN’ For A Reason, its annual February fundraiser, which will include pancakes, a 5K run, car show, chili cook-off, raffle, live auction, fish tourney, kids’ events, water skiing, and balloon release. This year’s event will be Feb. 6.