Berkeley Kellum, 15 years old, is a straight A student at Lancaster High School and is in the Early College Academy there. He will graduate from both high school and Rappahannock Community College with an Associate's Degree. He's a baseball player and an All-State swimmer for his high school, and a t-ball coach for younger kids. And now, Berkeley can add childhood cancer survivor to his resume.
Diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in July 2018, Berkeley decided that surgery and chemotherapy would not stop him from accomplishing anything in his young life. After surgery to remove a tumor in his jaw, Berkeley had one year of chemotherapy, finishing in January 2020. His mom, Kelly, says this life changing experience was made easier by the support services of ASK.
"We couldn't have done this without ASK," explains Kelly. "It's so hard for the entire family to juggle the stress of
diagnosis and treatment, struggles with siblings and the day-to-day fight just to remain normal. Thank goodness ASK staff is always present to answer questions and provide help when we need it most!
"ASK's spiritual, emotional, educational and financial support has been the foundation of our ability to navigate all of this," continued Kelly. "Our entire family has benefited from ASK's programs and services."
The Kellums particularly enjoy the ASK 5K & Fun Walk in the spring. Last year, they had more than 40 friends and family members walking in support of children with cancer and this year, their team will continue to grow. "This is a beautiful event that really celebrates the kids and recognizes what they go through. It's something our entire family enjoys!"