Car dealer helps family of boy with rare cancer

Posted at 7:05 AM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 07:05:10-05

He may act like your typical 5-year-old, but the little boy from Niagara Falls is facing big medical issues.

We first introduced you to “baby” Shawn Kennedy Jr. and his mother Nicole Vathy in August, just days after they learned their youngest member had the rare childhood cancer DIPG.

DIPG, a type of brain tumor, is the same cancer Leah Still, daughter of Bengal’s former defensive tackle Devon Still, battled and recently beat.

“He took it really good; he never questioned anything,” Vathy said.

Baby Shawn and his mother spent three months at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis working with doctors to treat the disease but when they returned, life continued to throw them curve balls.

The family car was simply put, falling apart. But just when Vathy was giving up hope, a new van rolled into their lives. “It was really exciting,” she said

Baby Shawn’s teacher worked with the staff at West Herr in Williamsville to donate a van to the family.

“It kind of eliminates some of the stress so at least when I know I go somewhere it’s not going to break down.”

Now the family is using that van to head out for more treatment for Baby Shawn.




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