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We Believe in a Cure

Fred Gray


Our daughter, Kelly Keesling, was diagnosed at age 47 with Stage 4 non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) in December 2015. The driver of her cancer-the ROS1 Gene Rearrangement-was confirmed in January 2016. She had no known risks for lung cancer. The diagnosis was not even considered when she presented with pneumonia-like symptoms months earlier.

The first targeted drug treatment for the ROS1 rearrangement had not yet been FDA approved so her first step was chemotherapy. After 5 different treatment (drug) regimens, a recent scan indicated progression. There were few next step options because her cancer had further mutated and many of the drugs she had considered are not effective for the mutation. Her 6th treatment therefore was a Phase 1/2 clinical trial that has shown effective pre-clinical results. As with all treatments there are limits in extent and duration of effectiveness.

There is no known cure for Stage 4 lung cancer. We were hoping and believing that research would give her many more options (treatments) to live longer, and better yet a full productive life. Less than 2% of non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) patients in the world are diagnosed with ROS1 rearrangements so there are few patients for studies or participation in ROS1-specific clinical trials. Therefore, mouse models and cell lines are being developed by expert researchers in prominent labs. These studies are vital tools in accelerating research into understanding the etiology (origin), variations, treatment, resistance, and cure.

100% of the donations to this fund will be applied toward ROS1 research. Some of the best and most knowledgeable experts for this disease are actively searching for the answers.

We started this fund on her birthday March 17, 2019. Kelly lived life with spirit in spite of the challenges she faced. Unfortunately all the medical treatments failed our Angel Kelly's body on May 30, 2019 and God reached down and took her home.

We hope you "DON'T STOP BELIEVING" that new treatments and a cure will be found. THANK YOU SO MUCH for any donation toward treating this monster disease so that Kelly's life of hope and belief may help others .



raised of $31,768 goal

Recent Donations

1. MMom and Dad for Granddaughter Ashley's Birthday
Don't stop believing that our daughter Kelly's life will impact and inspire others to have hopes for a cure.
2. ?Anonymous
There are no words. You have our deepest sympathy. She wan an amazing example!!
3. MRMichelle And Eric Runnerstrom
4. JHJackie & Fritz Hafner
So sorry about your dear daughter. We won't stop believing!!
5. TMThe Mandells
So sorry for your loss! From, Keesling friends in ATL
6. TCTom Cunningham