Knott journeys on, despite rare brain cancer
FREDERICK, Md. (Oct. 10, 2017) — Determined, strong, courageous, dynamic, and unstoppable are a few words to describe Kaisy Knott. She is not the typical 12 year old girl. About a year ago her life was flipped upside down.
Kaisy was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare brain cancer, often referred to as DIPG.
Now, Kaisy is going through treatment in Mexico, and her family reports that it is working.
“I don’t care about the situation I am in, this isn’t going to stop me from doing anything,” Kaisy said.
With a passion for agriculture Kaisy is involved in 4-H, and shows her beef cattle and hogs around the United States with her sisters, McKenzy, Aubry and Kelsy.
“My oldest sister, McKenzy, got me started in showing and I am glad she did because I love the speed and adrenaline rush you get from walking into the show ring,” Kaisy said.
During the week at the fair, Kaisy said she had a lot of fun going from camper to camper, barn to barn, hanging out with all of her friends.
“My favorite part about showing is being with all of my friends, it is so fun hanging out with them,” Kaisy said.
Kaisy exhibited beef cattle and hogs at the Great Frederick Fair. Her goals were to walk in the show ring on her own and do a little bit of winning and she did both.
Kaisy exhibited the supreme champion gilt and champion performance gilt in the 4-H hog show, supreme bull in the open class beef show, and reserve grand champion bred and owned steer in the 4-H steer show.
“I was so surprised I won all of this,” Kaisy said.
Even with the fun and success in the ring this year, she said the highlight of her week at her county fair was when her oldest sister, McKenzy, came home from college to surprise her on steer show day.
“I couldn’t miss Kaisy showing her steer. I love to watch her show,” McKenzy said.
Through Kaisy and her family’s entire journey, support from 4-H and the agriculture communities has come from far and wide.
Through the Patty Pollatos Fund, a fund for Kaisy has been set up at www.ppfinc.org/recipients/kaisy-knott/ .
“Our family couldn’t make it without the agriculture industry,” says Dave Knott, Kaisy’s dad.
During the Frederick Fair, the Frederick County 4-H program and agriculture community supported Kaisy in so many ways. “Kaisy is so full of spunk and I love her tell-it-like-it-is personality,” says Donielle Axline, the Frederick County 4-H Extension educator.
On the cake auction night, a star painted by Robin Sharer sold for $2,500, bought by Tri-State Home Services to benefit Kaisy. On the night of the Frederick County 4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Sale, Kaisy’s market hog sold for $37 a pound and her steer sold for $5 a pound bought by HEC Hydroseeding, owned by Steve Hawkins. During the goat sale, a 4-H member donated to goat to be sold on Kaisy’s behalf which sold for over $5,000. Many 4-Hers and businesses, added more than $7,000 onto Kaisy’s market projects as well that night. A wave of emotion spread through the crowd in the arena when Kaisy’s glittered-up market hog and steer sold that night.
Kaisy said regarding the cancer, her goal is to continue to fight and continue to do everything she has been doing. These goals are made possible because of the support she has gotten.
At the Howard County Fair, Karson Fahey donated a percentage of his proceeds. At the Maryland State Fair, C.J. and Kaylie Shelton, and Makenzie Ferguson donated some of their proceeds to Kaisy and more recently, the International Barrel Racing Association donated $10,000 toward Kaisy’s treatment.
“We are blessed to have the support we have and the friendships we have made along the way,” says Melaney, Kaisy’s mother.
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