Pickin’ for Kaedyn

orangeSaturday we were able to join dozens of other families in support of Kaedyn, a three year old from Ocala who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. While he and his mom (a former student at Ocala Springs where I taught for years) were confined to life at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, friends organized a fundraising event at Pat and Marion’s orange grove. The fruit picking event made it possible for friends, family, and community members to support Kaedyn and his family, who according to his mother, was recently diagnosed with “full blown leukemia” after a few months of remission.

Scott Conley organized this event at the grove he inherited from his grandparents. The warm, beautiful weather was perfect for picking oranges and grapefruit with all proceeds going to Kaedyn’s family. In the short time we stopped and picked fruit, more than a dozen people stopped in to participate. Guests were asked to sign a guest book and a T-shirt for Kaedyn to let the family know how many people care.

According to his mom Shelsie’s blog, Kaedyn Love, they’ve identified a bone marrow donor. And while that’s a positive development, Kaedyn is looking at more tests and medical procedures before a transplant can be scheduled. Keep Kaedyn and his family in your prayers.oranges