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When you think of a 7-year-old child, you think of a playful little individual with nothing more on their mind than where their next source of entertainment will come from. They appear almost unaware of the problems around them, but not Keats. Keats has his heart set on helping others in any way possible.

Keats has a great love for climbing. Ever since he was little he loved to climb whatever could be climbed on. Now he has decided to combine his love for climbing with his desire to help others. In December of 2007 he is going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa. He will be climbing to raise money for 3 different charities.

The money is raised by selling silicone wristbands with the phrase “climb a volcano” on them. The bracelets are $10 a piece and all proceeds will go towards helping these charities. Wristbands can be purchased or donations made online at Keats site.

Kassidy Foster was a 12-year-old sixth grader just like any other.  She was a level 7 gymnast at Virginia Techniques Gymnastics and a member of Faith Fellowship Church. Her favorite color was pink and her favorite flowers were roses.  All fairly typical for a 12-year-old American girl.

To the regret of many on Thursday, March 29, 2007, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – the most common type of bone cancer.  The doctors have found cancerous cells on her right femur near the knee and close to hip hip.  They also found cancerous cells in her chest between my heart and lungs.  All not so typical for such a young and spirited girl.

On April 4 she started chemotherapy. The doctors expected her to need chemotherapy for about 40 weeks and surgery to replace her femur with a rod.  Unfortunately these efforts were in vain.  Kassidy passed away on July 16, 2007 after a long and grueling fight against her cancer.

Though Kassidy’s body has gone, her spirit of selflessness and dedication lives on.  To remember Kassidy and her short legacy family members had small cancer bracelet wrist bands made in her honor. The wristbands help their wearers to remember Kassidy and and try to incorporate in their lives many of the wonderful traits she possessed.

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