Group selects March spotlight honoree

The Brian Morden Foundation has selected Kimberly Klein of Portage for its BMF CARES Spotlight for March.

The spotlight began in January. CARES stands for Children with Cancer Raising Awareness and Providing Funds for Research, Ecuation and Support for children with cancer and their families.

Kimberly just turned 8 years old on March 8 and is a second-grade student at Portage Elementary School.

Her parents are Steven Klein and the late Shannon Grove Klein.

Kimmie’s mom, Shannon, died of ovarian cancer three months before Kimmie was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor.

Kimmie has a twin sister, Katelyn, and brother, Steven, who will be 11 years old in May.

Wilms Tumor, also known as nephroblastoma, is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children ages 3 to 4 and is less common after 5 years old.

Kimmie is now a six-year cancer survivor.

She was diagnosed by her pediatrician on March 15, 2012, and sent straight to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She had surgery the very next day to remove her entire left kidney, which was engulfed by the cancer.

She will be going back for screenings once a year.

Shortly after Kimmie was diagnosed, Dawn Morden from the Brian Morden Foundation contacted Kimmie’s family.

Dawn and the BMF keep in touch frequently to ask how Kimmie is doing and sends Kimmie “Brian Bags” for the holidays containing gift cards, games, toys, candy, cards, etc. Kimmie looks forward to receiving them.

The Brian Morden Foundation also sends the family free tickets to an Altoona Curve baseball game every year for the “Game of Hope.”

The BMF raises money to help families dealing with pediatric cancer and for further research for these cancers.

Kimmie was entered into a five-year study so Children’s Hospital can continue to learn about the disease and treatments.

All of her treatments have been free of charge.

Her family is requesting that the Brian Morden Foundation donate $1,000 to Children’s Hospital, in honor of Kimmie, so the hospital can continue to research or support children with cancer and their families.