Letter to the Editor | Friday, April 24, 2009
Men and women of Notre Dame,
We are saddened to say that our University is close to losing one of its most loyal sons.
In December 2006, Kevin Healey, a high school senior, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. This rare and especially dangerous cancer, initially discovered in his right tibia, would spread throughout his body over the next few years. Since his diagnosis, Kevin has fought an inspiring battle and lived life to its fullness in the face of profound adversity. He enrolled at Notre Dame with the class of 2011 and made the Dean’s List in his first semester here, despite missing a third of his classes because he had to travel home to Cleveland for chemotherapy.
Two and a half years and countless visits to the doctor after his diagnosis, Kevin’s time is running short. He is bedridden, exhausted and “rarely coherent.” His time is measured in days and hours.
We, who attended St. Ignatius High School with Kevin, ask that you keep him and his family in your prayers. This University holds a special place in Kevin’s heart. We are confident that your prayers can help ease his pain and bring comfort to his family, who feel all of it, too.
“Seek the Lord and his strength” (1 Chronicles 16:11). Seek strength for a fellow student who has not allowed himself to stop fighting. Seek strength for a mother, father and sister in great need.
For updates, visit kevinhealey.com
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