Greenbrier Valley Real Estate Blog
Friday, May 22 2009
GREENBRIER WEST HIGH SCHOOL
CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME
FUND RAISER FOR DEREK KINER
POCAHONTAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
GREENBRIER WEST HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
MONDAY JUNE 1ST 6:00 P.M.
Donations will also be taken at the game for Derek, and all proceeds from admissions and concessions will go to his fund.
Derek Kiner, a graduating senior at Pocahontas County High School, has been diagnosed with cancer. What was originally diagnosed as testicular cancer, it has unfortunately spread into his lymph system. Cancer has been found on lymph nodes located on top of both of his kidneys. Derek has already received a week of intensive chemotherapy at Indiana University, one of the leaders in cancer research and treatment in the world, and the facility where Lance Armstrong was treated for this same type of cancer. He is facing at least 12 weeks of chemotherapy before his doctors reassess his situation.
You can read his full story and more about efforts that have been made to help him and his family at his website:
Derek is a very fine young man, and a great athlete (he is receiving a football scholarship to attend WV Tech). He has been a fierce competitor against our own kids in several different sports, and all of our kids speak very highly of him. He has stayed very positive through this entire process, and we want to do our part to reach out to Derek and his family. We want to show them that their fellow schools, coaches, athletes, and communities understand that life is a battle, and that there are those that want to do their part to help shoulder the burdens that life throws at us.
Please help us in our efforts to contribute a monetary donation to Derek and his family to help assist them in this fight against a terrible disease. Please make efforts to attend our game---a basketball game to honor this young man that is also a very good basketball player in addition to his talents in football. We are going to have coaches from Greenbrier West play against some of our young athletes, and we are also hoping that some of the Pocahontas County coaches & kids will be able to participate as well.
If you cannot attend our game but would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to “Derek Kiner Fund” and either pass along to one of the Greenbrier West coaches or send to:
City National Bank
Contributions for Derek Kiner
P.O. Box 58
Marlinton, WV 24954
The Small Things
There are many small things in life that we make a big deal about. Like our first break-up, a fight with a friend, and of course prom. But then, when the things that we need to make a big deal about come along it seems like the world ends and you feel stupid for making a big deal about the small things. So remember when you’re in a fight with a friend, shopping for prom and when you break up with a guy you really like, it couldn’t be as bad as finding out your brother has cancer. -----written by Ally, Derek’s 12 year old step-sister