Young Kitchener cancer patient's wish for a trailer camper at Flamborough campground comes true

Community Jun 19, 2017 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

If you were granted one wish, what would you choose?

Seven-year-old Parker Kelly, who lives in Kitchener and is undergoing cancer treatment, had his heart set on a camper trailer to go camping at his favourite place in the world: Emerald Lake in Puslinch.

“We often go out there for day trips; we’ve never camped out there but we’ve always went for the day and he just loves it out there,” said Danielle Kelly, Parker’s mother.

So, to help lift his spirits, Ronald McDonald House and Sick Kids suggested the Kelly family look at Make-A-Wish Foundation and, with the added help of Go RVing Canada and the Canadian Camping and RVing Council, Parker received the surprise of his life on May 27: a pop-up tent trailer, complete with a porta-potty to go camping with his family in at the campsite and water park.

“I love it,” said Parker, adding he feels “very, very good” about his new trailer.

The young boy has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 lymphoblastic lymphoma — a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“It was extremely tough, extremely rough,” Kelly said referring to the initial diagnosis last year.

She explained that Parker, then six,  had taken ill and she took him to the hospital. The doctors looked at him and said he had a virus. It took three more trips to the medical centre before they discovered he had tumours growing in his neck.

“I had to fight (with doctors to take it seriously) … so by the time they got it, it was Stage 4 then,” said Danielle.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s web page, by the time it is at Stage 4, the cancer has spread throughout the body,  including to the bone marrow or the brain and central nervous system. In Parker's case, it attacked his brain and CNS.

“It was pretty much all over his body; it was in his neck and they found malignant cells in his liver, his kidney, like it was pretty much all over but once we did the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and they found it … around his brain, that’s when they classified it as Stage 4,” Danielle said, adding that in addition to the tumours in his neck, Parker had a large one pressing against his heart and lungs.

Since the diagnosis, Parker has had five surgeries, two MRIs, about six CT scans and countless X-rays. He has an MRI scheduled for the end of the month. So for the family, being at Emerald Lake offers a respite. Danielle said Parker forgets about his illness while he's there; he goes swimming, plays on the water toys, goes fishing with his grandpa and his dad and learns to be a kid again.

When he was presented with his wish, Parker was surrounded by his family. Danielle said his reaction was priceless. “He was just shocked, like he didn’t know what to do, so that was really great.”

The little boy is back in school full time although he has a year and a half left of treatment and there is a possibility of a relapse. At the moment he is taking everything in stride and, according to his mother, has been the strong one, often telling his family not to worry. For now though, he is just looking forward to the next trip to Emerald Lake.

“It’s very fun and cool and it has a pool and it even has a lake and it even has a pond where you can go fishing. That’s my favourite part about it,” said Parker, adding he doesn’t care what kind of fish he catches.

“[I love] going swimming and sleeping in it and having camp fires and having S’mores, it’s super fun,” he said.  And the trailer?

“I love everything about the trailer.”

Young Kitchener cancer patient's wish for a trailer camper at Flamborough campground comes true

Community Jun 19, 2017 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

If you were granted one wish, what would you choose?

Seven-year-old Parker Kelly, who lives in Kitchener and is undergoing cancer treatment, had his heart set on a camper trailer to go camping at his favourite place in the world: Emerald Lake in Puslinch.

“We often go out there for day trips; we’ve never camped out there but we’ve always went for the day and he just loves it out there,” said Danielle Kelly, Parker’s mother.

So, to help lift his spirits, Ronald McDonald House and Sick Kids suggested the Kelly family look at Make-A-Wish Foundation and, with the added help of Go RVing Canada and the Canadian Camping and RVing Council, Parker received the surprise of his life on May 27: a pop-up tent trailer, complete with a porta-potty to go camping with his family in at the campsite and water park.

“I love it,” said Parker, adding he feels “very, very good” about his new trailer.

The young boy has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 lymphoblastic lymphoma — a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“It was extremely tough, extremely rough,” Kelly said referring to the initial diagnosis last year.

She explained that Parker, then six,  had taken ill and she took him to the hospital. The doctors looked at him and said he had a virus. It took three more trips to the medical centre before they discovered he had tumours growing in his neck.

“I had to fight (with doctors to take it seriously) … so by the time they got it, it was Stage 4 then,” said Danielle.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s web page, by the time it is at Stage 4, the cancer has spread throughout the body,  including to the bone marrow or the brain and central nervous system. In Parker's case, it attacked his brain and CNS.

“It was pretty much all over his body; it was in his neck and they found malignant cells in his liver, his kidney, like it was pretty much all over but once we did the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and they found it … around his brain, that’s when they classified it as Stage 4,” Danielle said, adding that in addition to the tumours in his neck, Parker had a large one pressing against his heart and lungs.

Since the diagnosis, Parker has had five surgeries, two MRIs, about six CT scans and countless X-rays. He has an MRI scheduled for the end of the month. So for the family, being at Emerald Lake offers a respite. Danielle said Parker forgets about his illness while he's there; he goes swimming, plays on the water toys, goes fishing with his grandpa and his dad and learns to be a kid again.

When he was presented with his wish, Parker was surrounded by his family. Danielle said his reaction was priceless. “He was just shocked, like he didn’t know what to do, so that was really great.”

The little boy is back in school full time although he has a year and a half left of treatment and there is a possibility of a relapse. At the moment he is taking everything in stride and, according to his mother, has been the strong one, often telling his family not to worry. For now though, he is just looking forward to the next trip to Emerald Lake.

“It’s very fun and cool and it has a pool and it even has a lake and it even has a pond where you can go fishing. That’s my favourite part about it,” said Parker, adding he doesn’t care what kind of fish he catches.

“[I love] going swimming and sleeping in it and having camp fires and having S’mores, it’s super fun,” he said.  And the trailer?

“I love everything about the trailer.”

Young Kitchener cancer patient's wish for a trailer camper at Flamborough campground comes true

Community Jun 19, 2017 by Julia Lovett Flamborough Review

If you were granted one wish, what would you choose?

Seven-year-old Parker Kelly, who lives in Kitchener and is undergoing cancer treatment, had his heart set on a camper trailer to go camping at his favourite place in the world: Emerald Lake in Puslinch.

“We often go out there for day trips; we’ve never camped out there but we’ve always went for the day and he just loves it out there,” said Danielle Kelly, Parker’s mother.

So, to help lift his spirits, Ronald McDonald House and Sick Kids suggested the Kelly family look at Make-A-Wish Foundation and, with the added help of Go RVing Canada and the Canadian Camping and RVing Council, Parker received the surprise of his life on May 27: a pop-up tent trailer, complete with a porta-potty to go camping with his family in at the campsite and water park.

“I love it,” said Parker, adding he feels “very, very good” about his new trailer.

The young boy has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Stage 4 lymphoblastic lymphoma — a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“It was extremely tough, extremely rough,” Kelly said referring to the initial diagnosis last year.

She explained that Parker, then six,  had taken ill and she took him to the hospital. The doctors looked at him and said he had a virus. It took three more trips to the medical centre before they discovered he had tumours growing in his neck.

“I had to fight (with doctors to take it seriously) … so by the time they got it, it was Stage 4 then,” said Danielle.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s web page, by the time it is at Stage 4, the cancer has spread throughout the body,  including to the bone marrow or the brain and central nervous system. In Parker's case, it attacked his brain and CNS.

“It was pretty much all over his body; it was in his neck and they found malignant cells in his liver, his kidney, like it was pretty much all over but once we did the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and they found it … around his brain, that’s when they classified it as Stage 4,” Danielle said, adding that in addition to the tumours in his neck, Parker had a large one pressing against his heart and lungs.

Since the diagnosis, Parker has had five surgeries, two MRIs, about six CT scans and countless X-rays. He has an MRI scheduled for the end of the month. So for the family, being at Emerald Lake offers a respite. Danielle said Parker forgets about his illness while he's there; he goes swimming, plays on the water toys, goes fishing with his grandpa and his dad and learns to be a kid again.

When he was presented with his wish, Parker was surrounded by his family. Danielle said his reaction was priceless. “He was just shocked, like he didn’t know what to do, so that was really great.”

The little boy is back in school full time although he has a year and a half left of treatment and there is a possibility of a relapse. At the moment he is taking everything in stride and, according to his mother, has been the strong one, often telling his family not to worry. For now though, he is just looking forward to the next trip to Emerald Lake.

“It’s very fun and cool and it has a pool and it even has a lake and it even has a pond where you can go fishing. That’s my favourite part about it,” said Parker, adding he doesn’t care what kind of fish he catches.

“[I love] going swimming and sleeping in it and having camp fires and having S’mores, it’s super fun,” he said.  And the trailer?

“I love everything about the trailer.”