The Boy, The Myth, The Legend...
KJ Ricci is a 10 year old boy full of love and laughter. With a gentle, special soul, he brightens the lives of those he meets. He is also a boy that has already been confronted with many trials, including Autism and a bone disorder that has required 6 surgeries throughout his young life. However, these battles were only a prelude to his greatest challenge that began on the night of December 13, 2011, when KJ was diagnosed with Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is a rare form of Leukemia that only a handful of children in the U.S. are diagnosed with each year. History
The story began with a belly ache and a mother’s intuition that something was just not right. After visiting our pediatrician we were sent to Rhode Island’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital ER, where our worst nightmare was quickly confirmed. We were told that KJ has Leukemia; our entire world was immediately rocked to the core and irrevocably changed. The horrific news continued and two weeks after being diagnosed with A.L.L. we were told KJ had an arachnoid cyst on his brain. It required a 10 hour brain surgery to open the cyst up and remove what could be removed, as the chemo was not penetrating that area. This had to be done in order to treat KJ’s whole body from the cancer.
Since diagnosis, our lives have been filled with both setbacks and victories, great and small. He has suffered a great deal from all the chemo side effects but he has handled it as only as a true superhero would! With the support of family, friends, medical staff and compassionate people by our side, there is no other option but to beat this!
Our families motto is “STAND TALL FOR KJ”…”Saying Temporary and Necessary Daily To ALL For KJ”. Please follow our journey on Facebook by liking “Stand Tall for KJ” or visit us at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kjricci.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading our story and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!!!
Tammy, Kevin & KJ Ricci
About this page
My name is Jessica Curtiss and I'm a friend of KJ and his family. The Ricci's are the most generous and loving people I've had the pleasure to know. They have always been eager to help others in their times of need and volunteer their time to causes near and dear to them. They would never ask for help in return, so I'm asking for them! Right now is their time of need for support, encouragement, prayers and a few extra dollars wouldn’t hurt either. Anything you can give is tremendously appreciated. (Yes, even the change in your couch cushion or in your car console!) 100% of what we raise here is going right into an account Tammy and Kevin set up in KJ's name. It really does add up if we can get the word out, so please share the link to this page and THANK YOU!!!!
If you'd like to donate, but would prefer to do so via check, please conatct me at [email protected]. I'd be happy to pass along details about check donations via mail. Thanks!