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Kenzy Larson Celebrates Life Surrounded By Hundreds After Cancer Returns Inoperable

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — It’s been a long, tough journey for Kenzy Larson. There’s been surgeries, chemotherapy and losing her leg. But there’s one thing Kenzy never lost throughout her battle with cancer: her spirit.

Recently, the 17-year-old found out her cancer is back, but this time doctors say it is inoperable. With that news, Kenzy decided to celebrate, wishing to attend her own celebration of life.

There were a lot of tears, but also plenty of laughs, as Kenzy’s closest of friends and family shared memories of a girl who is inspiring them every single day.

“I gave them something I didn’t even realize I was giving them and doing for them. It just warms my heart,” Kenzy said.

Kenzy touched more hearts than she even realized. Hundreds of people showed up to her celebration of life.

“It means the world to me that that many people showed up. I’m sorry that I couldn’t hug everybody. I wasn’t feeling very good, but I would’ve, if I felt better, hugged every single one of you,” Kenzy said.

Her favorite embrace was on the dance floor, surrounded by the friends she says make her happy on even the hardest of days.

“It’s hard with everything that’s going on in my body right now, but I love it. It’s living life in the moment, and that’s all I really want,” Kenzy said.

The “Cards for Kenzy” campaign is still going on. So far Kenzy has received over 2,000 cards from over 30 states.

Cards can be sent to:

Kenzy Larson c/o Angels for Sam

P.O. Box 185

Carlisle, IA 50047

‘Cards for Kenzy’ Campaign Continues as Teen with Inoperable Cancer Returns Home

ALTOONA, Iowa – The story of an Altoona teen’s ongoing battle with cancer has touched the hearts of people across Iowa, and they are showing their support for 17-year-old Mackenzy Larson.

We’ve been following Kenzy’s story as she faced another reoccurrence of osteosarcoma, which she has already dealt with several times over the last eight years.

Her journey through treatment has consisted of several surgeries, chemo, and radiation. She also had to have her left leg amputated.

Doctors have told the 17-year-old her cancer is now inoperable and according to a post on her Facebook page, Kenzy’s family has brought her back to Iowa from the Mayo Clinic.

“Pathology report came back positive for high grade spindle cell malignancy, morphologically consistent with her osteosarcoma from where they did the biopsies of the hematoma area. It is pretty big, larger than her liver. Currently in route from Mayo to be under the care of Kenzy primary oncologist back home at Blank. Pain management has been under control and she is traveling with oxygen. Kenzy is happy to be coming home and around everyone she loves dearly. Thank you so much for the outpouring of support. God Bless.”

The organization Angels for Sam wants to show Kenzy and her family support, so it is collecting cards for Kenzy.

“She’s a very special young lady, for being diagnosed when she was 9 years old and to go through the process she has with the surgeries and procedures,” said Linda Frazier with Angels for Sam.

Cards can be sent to:

Kenzy Larson c/o Angels for Sam

P.O. Box 185

Carlisle, IA 50047

The group hopes to collect thousands of cards. They will give them to her at a Celebration of Life currently being planned.

‘Cards for Kenzy’ Effort Offers Support to Teen with Inoperable Cancer

ALTOONA, Iowa — We have been sharing Altoona teenager Mackenzy Larson’s cancer battle with our Channel 13 audience.

She was diagnosed with bone cancer as a child and has since fought it five different times. Kenzy has undergone multiple surgeries during treatment and had to have her left leg amputated.

At the age of 17, Kenzy has been told that the cancer is now inoperable.

Her friends and family are asking people to show her some support by sending a note or card.

Those can be sent to:

Kenzy Larson c/o Angels for Sam

P.O. Box 185

Carlisle, IA 50047

Kenzy has planned to have a celebration of life she can attend with her family and friends, but a date has not been set.