Kinsley’s
Story

Kinsley’s
Story

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Kinsley playing with her brother
In early December 2018, we took Kinsley to the doctor because she had redness in her right eye. After a week of being treated for what was believed to be just a typical case of pink eye, the redness didn’t go away.
Kinsley sitting
We immediately took Kinsley that evening to be seen by a pediatric opthamologist who did an ultrasound to confirm the detached retina and look for any signs of a tumor. We were relieved when he stated “I’m 99% sure that there is not a tumor and the only reason I say 99% is because I never tell anyone 100%”.
Kinsley sitting on her father
On December 18, 2018, a second ultrasound was performed and a second doctor stated “I don’t see any signs of a tumor”. As parents, we felt even more relief that now two different imaging tests and two different doctors had confirmed that Kinsley did not have a tumor. However, an evaluation under anesthesia was scheduled with the pediatric retina specialist the following day to determine if Kinsley’s detached retina could be repaired.
Kinsley being weighed in the hospital
7 am the next morning, we met with one of the top ocular oncologist in the country that treats retinoblastoma and a pediatric oncologist that would be managing Kinsley’s chemotherapy protocol.
Kinsley and Santa Claus
Just days before Christmas on December 21, 2018, Kinsley received her first round of systemic chemotherapy at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL.
Kinsley and her brother
A week later, we returned to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for her second round of chemotherapy and evaluation to see how the tumor was responding to the first round of chemotherapy and laser treatment.
Kinsley walking with her brother
From January through March, Kinsley underwent 3 more rounds of systemic chemotherapy.
Kinsley smiling on bed with her doll
On March 1, 2019 we received the best news ever. Pathology results of the globe and optic nerve found that the cancer was completely contained to her right eye that was removed and Kinsley was considered to be cancer free.
Kinsley holding a phone and and a handkerchief on her face
In between the last couple rounds of chemotherapy treatments, we met with an ocularist where Kinsley received a temporary prosthetic eye that she wore for 8 weeks before receiving her permanent prosthetic eye that was custom painted to match her other eye in May 2019.
Kinsley and her dad painting
One day, she asked her dad if he would build her a cookie cart so she could sell her cookies and give the money to other kids that were fighting cancer like her. You see, Kinsley was in the fight for her life, yet still thinking of how should could help others.
Kinsley behind the cookie cart
It was from there, that Kinsley’s Cookie Cart was born.
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monitor with medical information
Kinsley was not complaining of any pain or discomfort and showed no other signs that would cause concern but since the eye was still red, we sought a second opinion from an eye doctor. A family opthamologist determined that she had a detached retina and stated that it could be the result of trauma to the eye or something much worse such as a tumor.
Kinsley sitting onher mother Kim
Feeling relieved that a tumor was not found but still hopeful that the retina could be re-attached to restore Kinsley’s vision in her right eye, we drove to Miami, FL the following morning to meet with one of the top pediatric retina specialist in the country to determine if her retina could be fixed.
Kim and Kinsley on bed
On December 19, 2018, the relief that we had just 24 hours prior came crashing down when the pediatric retina specialist found an advanced stage tumor in Kinsley’s right eye. We went from hearing the words “I’m 99% sure that there is no tumor” to our sweet four year old daughter being diagnosed with retinoblastoma - an extremely rare and aggressive eye cancer that could take her life.

"It was every parent’s worst nightmare. To hear your child has cancer is earth shattering, soul wrenching, and a true test of strength” - Kim.
little hand with bandages and needles
In a matter of a few days, Kinsley went from a typical preschooler - enjoying her days of playing with friends and painting pictures to being put under anesthesia for 8 hours of extensive eye exams, laser treatment, MRI and port placement.

Kinsley sleeping with oxygen
Just 2 days after being discharged and returning home to Sarasota, Kinsley developed some serious side effects to the chemotherapy and was admitted to John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for the next 10 days.

Kinsley in hospital bed
Kinsley’s ocular oncologist confirmed that the tumor was very advanced and complex. Due to this advanced stage presentation, hemorrhaging in her eye and the life threatening risk of the cancer spreading to her optic nerve, orbits and/or brain, the decision was made to have her right eye enucleated (removed).
Kinsley with an eye patch on bed
One month after Kinsley’s 5th birthday, she had her right eye enucleated and an orbital implant placed.

Kinsley ringing the cancer-free bell
Kinsley finished her last two rounds of systemic chemotherapy and rang the bell on April 26, 2019.
Kinsley and a little girl cooking cookies
In an attempt to avoid cabin-fever while receiving chemotherapy and being quarantined to our home, Kinsley took up a love of baking. She baked almost every day and her signature cookies were placed in neighbor’s mailboxes, dropped off at her school, and passed out to family and friends. Kinsley absolutely loved the joy that her cookies brought to others. Her cookies became very well-known amongst the community.
Kinsley's dad building the cooking cart
Her dad, Adam, spent countless nights in their garage building her the perfect cookie cart.

“Hearing the words that our sweet girl had cancer was a time that I will never forget but I put my trust in God and the big plans He had for her. Building her cookie cart helped give me strength at a time when our family needed it the most because I knew that it would be a vehicle for her to inspire and impact the lives of so many other little warriors and their families.” - Adam
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Kinsley playing with her brother
In early December 2018, we took Kinsley to the doctor because she had redness in her right eye. After a week of being treated for what was believed to be just a typical case of pink eye, the redness didn’t go away.
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monitor with medical information
Kinsley was not complaining of any pain or discomfort and showed no other signs that would cause concern but since the eye was still red, we sought a second opinion from an eye doctor. A family opthamologist determined that she had a detached retina and stated that it could be the result of trauma to the eye or something much worse such as a tumor.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley sitting
We immediately took Kinsley that evening to be seen by a pediatric opthamologist who did an ultrasound to confirm the detached retina and look for any signs of a tumor. We were relieved when he stated “I’m 99% sure that there is not a tumor and the only reason I say 99% is because I never tell anyone 100%”.
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Kinsley sitting onher mother Kim
Feeling relieved that a tumor was not found but still hopeful that the retina could be re-attached to restore Kinsley’s vision in her right eye, we drove to Miami, FL the following morning to meet with one of the top pediatric retina specialist in the country to determine if her retina could be fixed.
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Kinsley sitting on her father
On December 18, 2018, a second ultrasound was performed and a second doctor stated “I don’t see any signs of a tumor”. As parents, we felt even more relief that now two different imaging tests and two different doctors had confirmed that Kinsley did not have a tumor. However, an evaluation under anesthesia was scheduled with the pediatric retina specialist the following day to determine if Kinsley’s detached retina could be repaired.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kim and Kinsley on bed
On December 19, 2018, the relief that we had just 24 hours prior came crashing down when the pediatric retina specialist found an advanced stage tumor in Kinsley’s right eye. We went from hearing the words “I’m 99% sure that there is no tumor” to our sweet four year old daughter being diagnosed with retinoblastoma - an extremely rare and aggressive eye cancer that could take her life.
"It was every parent’s worst nightmare. To hear your child has cancer is earth shattering, soul wrenching, and a true test of strength” - Kim.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley being weighed in the hospital
7 am the next morning, we met with one of the top ocular oncologist in the country that treats retinoblastoma and a pediatric oncologist that would be managing Kinsley’s chemotherapy protocol.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
little hand with bandages and needles
In a matter of a few days, Kinsley went from a typical preschooler - enjoying her days of playing with friends and painting pictures to being put under anesthesia for 8 hours of extensive eye exams, laser treatment, MRI and port placement.

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Kinsley and Santa Claus
Just days before Christmas on December 21, 2018, Kinsley received her first round of systemic chemotherapy at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley sleeping with oxygen
Just 2 days after being discharged and returning home to Sarasota, Kinsley developed some serious side effects to the chemotherapy and was admitted to John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for the next 10 days.

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Kinsley and her brother
A week later, we returned to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for her second round of chemotherapy and evaluation to see how the tumor was responding to the first round of chemotherapy and laser treatment.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley in hospital bed
Kinsley’s ocular oncologist confirmed that the tumor was very advanced and complex. Due this advanced stage presentation, hemorrhaging in her eye and the life threatening risk of the cancer spreading to her optic nerve, orbits and/or brain, the decision was made to have her right eye enucleated (removed).
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley walking with her brother
From January through March, Kinsley underwent 3 more rounds of systemic chemotherapy.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley with an eye patch on bed
One month after Kinsley’s 5th birthday, she had her right eye enucleated and an orbital implant placed.

purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley smiling on bed with her doll
On March 1, 2019 we received the best news ever. Pathology results of the globe and optic nerve found that the cancer was completely contained to her right eye that was removed and Kinsley was considered to be cancer free.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley ringing the cancer-free bell
Kinsley finished her last two rounds of systemic chemotherapy and rang the bell on April 26, 2019.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley holding a phone and and a handkerchief on her face
In between the last couple rounds of chemotherapy treatments, we met with an ocularist where Kinsley received a temporary prosthetic eye that she wore for 8 weeks before receiving her permanent prosthetic eye that was custom painted to match her other eye in May 2019.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley and a little girl cooking cookies
In an attempt to avoid cabin-fever while receiving chemotherapy and being quarantined to our home, Kinsley took up a love of baking. She baked almost every day and her signature cookies were placed in neighbor’s mailboxes, dropped off at her school, and passed out to family and friends. Kinsley absolutely loved the joy that her cookies brought to others. Her cookies became very well-known amongst the community.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley and her dad painting
One day, she asked her dad if he would build her a cookie cart so she could sell her cookies and give the money to other kids that were fighting cancer like her. You see, Kinsley was in the fight for her life, yet still thinking of how should could help others.
purple-linepurple-heartpurple-line
Kinsley's dad building the cooking cart
Her dad, Adam, spent countless nights in their garage building her the perfect cookie cart.

“Hearing the words that our sweet girl had cancer was a time that I will never forget but I put my trust in God and the big plans he had for her. Building her cookie cart helped give me strength at a time when our family needed it the most because I knew that it would be a vehicle for her to inspire and impact the lives of so many other little warriors and their families.” - Adam
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Kinsley behind the cookie cart
It was from there, that Kinsley’s Cookie Cart was born.
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August 9, 2019

Our Latest Visit to Miami

We are in Miami for a couple follow up appointments. Our visit would not have been complete without bringing cookies to our favorite oncology nurses and child life specialists! They are truly angels on earth. They even shared with brave warriors! Remember the teenage boy from our last visit? We heard he liked basketball, so our […]

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August 7, 2019

Back to School Picnic and Monkeys!

When Kinsley’s school asked if she would bring her Cookie Cart to the Back To School Picnic, she was thrilled! Today she passed out her sprinkle cookies to her friends, teachers and classmates, all while raising funds for FIVE monkeys! Five little warriors will be gifted a “Monkey In My Chair.” Their monkey will keep […]

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August 6, 2019

Practicing for Catwalk & Cookies

Mommy: “What are you guys doing?!?” Kinsley: “Just practicing for our runway walk.” Apparently Kinsley thinks she’s hopping a ✈️ to Paris and walking in Fashion Week. 😂🤦🏼‍♀️ Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming event with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Kendra Scott on September 7th. If you would like to watch Kinsley and her fellow little cancer warriors walk the […]

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