Kevin Newton was a healthy 45-year-old, who loved to travel with his family and enjoy outdoor life, like fishing, golfing and boating. But one day, in the fall of 2020, a scan on his bladder revealed the devastating news – stage 4 cancer.
“They said, ‘there is a tumor the size of your kidney on your kidney’ and they also told us that the cancer spread to his lungs,” says Tammy, Kevin’s wife. “Never in a million years did we imagine this nightmare.”
Just weeks later, his diseased kidney was removed and a biopsy on his lung gave them more insight as to what was going on with Kevin internally. Tammy says that the kidney cancer he had spread to his lungs and the oncologist recommended the strongest and most aggressive medicine to treat it.
“He did it for three months and it just didn’t work, and the cancer continued to spread throughout his chest.”
With the even further devastating news, Kevin took a trip to Myrtle Beach to make memories with those he loves most. The heaviness of his diagnosis weighed on them all, including the couple’s son, Tyler.
“The one thing the doctors kept telling us is that they are not giving up on him.”
Kevin is now on a chemo regimen and it’s been really challenging for him, making him so sick that he has a hard time functioning.
“Kevin thinks about the slideshow of his life, knowing how fragile it is, and we’ve all had such a good life together, but he is too young and this is not the outcome we want,” Tammy exclaims.
She adds that Del from 26 Shirts called her to offer financial support and it couldn’t have been at a better time – especially after having to leave his job because of the debilitating impact of the cancer.
“I cannot even put it into words what this means for us and for families that are going through cancer or other terminal illness. We are blessed, beyond grateful and fighting hard.”