Family: Kellen is with Jesus

Published 10:23 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The precious, vivacious, super-hero loving little boy who captured the hearts of Covington County over the last few years, passed away early Wednesday morning.

Four-year-old Kellen Findley died Wednesday around 4:30 a.m., his family announced on their Tater’s Troops Facebook page.

“It is with a heavy heart that I let everyone know that Kellen passed at 4:30 a.m. this morning. Kellen has won his battle and is with Jesus. Thank you all,” the post read.

Tater, as Kellen Findley was known to those who loved him, and his twin brother, Kaylor, were born on Jan. 3, 2013.

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 battle began.

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

He was given a blood transfusion, and Kaylor was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

After eight days, the twins were reunited.

On Sept. 27, 2015, Kellen began complaining with abdominal pain on his right side.

After numerous tests were performed, a mass was discovered on his right lung.

He was airlifted to Children’s that night.

He was diagnosed with stage 3 embryonal rhabomyoscarcoma.

He was chosen as a Cancer Freeze recipient in 2016.

The community rallied around the Findleys during Kellen’s battle, from buying chances on Henry rifles, to sending him cards, to churches selling T-shirts, schools raising money for him, to his favorite color runs.

In March, family friend Christy Sasser quickly organized a color run for Tater because that’s what he wanted to do.

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