Kaitlyn Van De Hey is a kind-hearted 21-year old 2016 graduate of Wrightstown High School. She has been preparing for a future in nursing with a specialization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If you have had the pleasure of knowing her, you know she is caring, compassionate and willing to share her joy with all.
In March 2019, Kaitlyn encountered a life-changing series of events. A surgical team emergently removed a liter of blood from around her heart and then discovered a tumor in the right atrium. Wisconsin hospitals have never seen a case like hers before, so she needed a medical flight to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A skilled team of physicians diagnosed her with cardiac angiosarcoma. Very few of these cancerous tumors have been seen worldwide. Because the cells in the heart do not divide, heart cancer is rare. This rare tumor is inside the heart of a young lady with big dreams and the courage to fight for them.
Kaitlyn is currently receiving numerous cycles of intense chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. Advanced surgery and radiation will require experienced surgeons, physicians and facilities. Her family has insurance coverage for normal circumstances but very limited “out of state” and “out of plan” coverage. This doesn’t come remotely close to the unfathomable financial need. The family is asking you to join them in providing resources to pursue medical treatment from the best places with the highest hopes. They believe her team of physicians can make her heart whole again. She can’t wait to “pay it forward” into the hearts of little ones that may need a miracle of their own.
The unity of community truly humbles the hearts and gives the family peace of mind to focus on caring for Kaitlyn. They are deeply grateful for what you may be able to share. Thank you for your generosity, prayers and your connections, as we join with Kaitlyn in this journey. Blessings to all!!
Benefit Information: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 starting at 3PM at Van Abel’s of Hollandtown – 8108 County Trunk Hwy D, Kaukauna, WI 54130
Donation Information: Monetary donations can be written out to “Kaitlyn Van De Hey Benefit” and dropped off at any BMO Harris Bank or mailed to the 2700 S Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI 54304 location. Donations may also be given online at www.gofundme.com/kindness-for-kaitlyn-van-de-hey