Cancer survivor given one week to live relays for life
SCOTT COUNTY, Ky (WTVQ)-Cancer survivors and supporters from all walks of life walk hand in hand to find a cure at Scott County’s annual “Relay for Life.”
Relay walker Bert Parsons says, “I’m walking for my sister who had colon cancer.”
Jennifer Morris, Bariatric Insurance Specialist at Georgetown Community Hospital, says, “I’m walking for my dad who’s a cancer survivor he’s been battling cancer for a long time.”
At the helm, the lady with the purple hair
Georgetown Community Hospital Oncology Nurse Dianna Kouns says, “I just wanted to go in the spirit and paint everything purple.”
Kouns goes beyond the call of duty to help patients like Rickie Stokley get through their worst of days. He’s had so many types of cancers he can’t even name them all.
Stokley says, “Different cancers, mild dysplasia, bladder cancer, acute-myeloid leukemia, now one that I can’t even pronounce. And I still got it. And I’ve got 10-11% of leukemia in my bone marrow right now.”
Fourteen weeks ago Stokley was given just one week to live.
“The leukemia came back, acute-myeloid leukemia. They did another round of chemo 7+3 and said it was the only choice that I had.”
Kouns was his nurse in Georgetown. And when things got hard she made the trip out to Nashville with Kouns for treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Stokely sayss, “The nursing staff here that works here, they’re just unbelievable.”
Kouns says, “His story is extremely special because he is the story of hope and that’s what we want to give everyone.”
It’s a relay Kouns has been encouraging Stokley to be a part ever since he got sick three years ago. Now he’s astounding doctors every step of the way.
Stokley says, “Vanderbuilt doesn’t understand why I’m doing so good. They’re really surprised why I’m still around. But here I am.”