Team In Training

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

The Coffman's are facing up to $1 million in bills. Not to mention the whole family will head to Duke for a bone marrow transplant, which will cost them even more.

"I thought he done went through enough, why have to put him through more, but this will save Kelly's life and he needs it," Kitra Coffman says.

Coffman's talking about the bone marrow transplant. Once Kelly fights off a liver infection, he'll head to Duke.

"The bone marrow transplant is just actually a little bag of blood it'll be umbilical cord stem cell transplant and it runs for 20 minutes, then it's over," Coffman says.

But, the effects could last as long as five years. Kelly will have to be more careful than he is now and he'll remain on medication the whole time.

"If his cancer would have went away in the first month of treatment we would not need it, but since he had to do the more intense chemo his bone marrow will only last for so long for him to survive," Coffman says.

The transplant's a steep price to pay, the Coffmans will be living at Duke for six to nine months, that means two of every bill, and neither parent will be working, that's where local businesses come in.

"I didn't want to just go to a big charity where you don't know the people or see the results," Karen Ortiz says.

So, Karen Ortiz is raising money for Kelly, money jars are in businesses around the area, they're selling pumpkins, raffling Rolling Stone tickets and you can Light a Candle for Kelly.

"Kelly is the future of Harrisonburg area and Rockingham and the surrounding area and if you don't take time to just reach out to somebody and help em you're kind of out there by yourself," Ortiz says.

They've raised about $2,500.

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