Des Moines Rugby is doing something decidedly different for this year's cancer awareness match versus the Iowa City Ducks and River City. Partnering with Deb McMillen's Parrotheads, our matches and a day full of activity will be in support of Kenzy, a 16-year old who is battling Osteosarcoma.
Kenzy was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of 9. She has had several surgeries and treatments with hopes of being clear three different times over the last 7 years. Unfortunately, in November 2017 Kenzy was having some knee pain which turned out to be another tumor above her leg near the area it was originally in 2011. Due to the high risk, the only option was amputation. After amputation she began chemotherapy but that was shortened when they found a mass in her lower left lung, also where one had previously been in 2015. Due to the reoccurrence of these tumors, the doctors are wanting to try an immunotherapy drug called Mifamurtide. This drug is approved in 40 other countries but not FDA approved in the U.S. This drug has shown positive results with this specific type of cancer but due to it not being FDA approved, it is not covered by insurance and very, VERY expensive.
The day will involve two full matches at home, but it will be all about Kenzy. We will have the tiki bar set up accepting freewill donations, wheelbarrow of liquor raffle, as well as raffle for prizes including a kayak, gift cards, events, and much, much more. All proceeds go to Kenzy and family.
This is a free and family-friendly event. Bring your chairs and coolers and fill the hill to support your team, a great kid, and a great cause.
Please contact us directly to inquire about donations, event sponsorship opportunities, or media requests.