James Journey - Fighting Stage 4 Glioblastoma (Brain Cancer)

For: James Kish
Henderson, NV
Organizer: Amy Schildknecht
$17,361
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 293 donors
34% Complete

The Story

"Why do I have a tumor? Why did I get it and other people don't? I would give my whole life to not have cancer" -James, 7 years old)  Please follow James at JamesJourney.org and share his smile with your friends.

On April 4th, 2015, exactly two weeks after his 7th birthday, James woke up screaming in pain with an excruciating headache.  After he began vomiting, James's mom, Amy, rushed him to the local emergency room.  After some meds he was feeling better and the doctors said they'd be back in 45 mins to an hour with the results of his CT scan.  Just 7 minutes later the Dr. returned, holding back tears.  Amy heard the words no parents should ever hear.  "I'm so sorry.  The scan shows a mass in James's brain".

The next day James was flown via private medi-vac plane to be cared for by specialists in the Pediatric Neurosurgery program at UCLA.  It was Easter Sunday and the entire family was praying for a miracle.  Over the next two weeks James endured two separate brain surgeries.  On April 15th, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Mulitform (GBM), a highly malignant, terribly aggressive and rapidly growing brain tumor.  And thus began James's battle against GBM.

The last thing Amy should have to worry about during this precious time is money.  Unfortunately, the reality of medical bills and living expenses are weighing heavily as James's treatments and daily medical appointments have become this single mom's full time job.  Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated by Amy, James, Juliette (James's 5 year old sister and best friend) and their family.

Please follow James on FaceBook through James Journeyand share his story with your friends.  Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

An update from Amy's sister:

THANK YOU so much to everyone for donating and sharing! In less than 2 days you guys have donated more than $4,000! And with our generous follower's matching donation we're up to $8,000!

Please keep sharing the original post (found on James Journey page on Facebook) and letting friends know how awesome Amy & James are.

Donate here: https://www.youcaring.com/james-kish-363486

Also, if you ordered a brick of strength, please know we're working hard to get them made and shipped as fast as we can. Our production line is a family venture and the demand for bracelets is hard for us to keep up with. It's a great problem to have. 😉

(I think the youcaring total is misleading since it is displaying the total amount for all donations since we started that page more than 18 months ago)


Posted on January 8, 2017

Posted on January 8, 2017

Muffins for Medicine....

I am still blown away at the support and love James friends have for him.

This is what support, friendship, love and muffins looks like...

I am so overwhelmed with gratitude and pride.

I can't stop tears today.
God is good, his timing is impeccable and we are so blessed.

Not knowing that I was hit with an unexpected $250 co-pay the other day and that it's time to spend $1300 to restock James holistic/not covered by insurance medication...

Lily and Irelynn took it upon themselves to create

"MUFFINS FOR MEDICINE"

The best part...their Moms didn't even really know until a couple days before!😄

*and big apologies to the kids that didn't get muffins...they sold out so quickly. But don't fret!! They will be doing MUFFINS FOR MEDICINE again next Friday!*

P.S. I think they beat their $20 goal❤️


Posted on January 11, 2016

Posted on January 11, 2016

His hard work and faith along with your prayers are working!!
Great start to 2016!

We received news from Dr Waseem that there is nothing new or abnormal at his original tumor site and that there have been improvements in another spot that showed up back in July and his spine is clear

Praise God!!!!!!!
We have been given more time with his beautiful smile and loving spirit.

How much time?
I don't know....all I know is that we get another day.

So today we celebrate!

He is a fighter, a warrior...and he's got this!

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