- Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Holy Name Catholic Church, 504 Oak St., Steamboat Springs
Friends, family and the community can keep up with the progress of Izaac Kinnison’s treatment for a brain tumor by visiting a special Web page devoted to him at www.caringbridge.org/visit/izaackinnison/journal/3.
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Steamboat Springs Izaac Kinnison’s family and friends knew he wasn’t himself in late April, when they left Steamboat Springs for a spring break mountain biking outing near Fruita. What they didn’t know was the severity of his illness. And the fact the 10-year-old Cub Scout could pound out 25 miles in five days on the demanding singletrack of Fruita with an undiagnosed tumor in his hypothalamus is testimony to his strength and the resiliency of his spirit.
“He’s such a go-getter of a little kid,” family friend Chris Pohlman said Friday. “He’s also a really smart kid, real inquisitive. He loves science stuff and he loves to read.”
On Friday, Izaac and his parents were at Children’s Hospital in Denver, where he was recovering from his first round of chemotherapy for the malignant tumor that was first revealed in a CT scan at Yampa Valley Medical Center earlier this month.
By the evening of May 15, Izaac’s tumor was judged to be inoperable because of its location deep in his brain and its fibrous structure. Chemo was scheduled right away.
Poor health a mystery
Izaac had begun to feel ill quite often in January. His parents took him to a number of health care professionals and saw improvement. But when high fevers, viruses and a succession of cold symptoms persisted, they began to look for more answers.
“Finally, we have some answers. After four months of feeling like we were going insane, we now know that Izaac has a brain tumor,” his mother, Lisa Kinnison, shared in an online journal May 17 at CaringBridge.org.
By Friday, Izaac’s mother was able to report the “wonderful news” that Izaac is due to be checked out of the hospital sometime this weekend. However, the family is planning to stay in the Ronald McDonald House or Brent’s Place in Aurora between the first two rounds of chemo so that Lisa and Izaac’s father, Wade, can become more practiced in some of the medical tasks they will need to perform independently, such as blood tests, once they bring their son home to Steamboat.
Pohlman wrote that in addition to his involvement in Cub Scouts, Izaac enjoys baseball and basketball. He is a fourth-grader at Soda Creek Elementary School, and his older brother, Zeke, is a sixth-grader at Steamboat Springs Middle School, where he plays trumpet in the band. A concert they performed Wednesday was dedicated to Izaac.
Both Lisa and Wade Kinnison are insurance brokers at Alpine Insurance, and both are scout leaders.
Lisa said her son has kept his sense of humor during the first round of chemo, has slept well for the most part and has not suffered much discomfort from the chemo, though it’s difficult for him to drink enough fluids to counteract the high sodium content in his bloodstream.
“After Izaac’s chemo, he pretty much falls asleep,” Lisa Kinnison wrote. I am very grateful that he can sleep it off rather than being miserable. There are plenty of kids struggling on the oncology floor, and so far we haven’t had to witness that with ‘I-man.’”
To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or tross@SteamboatToday.com