Team Kevin, the Red Basket story of Kevin McElroy, was published on Red Basket one year ago. Supporters of this 25-year-old newlywed rallied to raise over $25,000, the highest amount raised to date. Below is an update from Kevin’s cousin, Kali McElroy:

“This year our hearts were overwhelmed with the love and support poured into our Red Basket project. Team Kevin was brought together to help my 25 year-old cousin Kevin McElroy through his journey with testicular choriocarcinoma cancer. After a courageous fight, Kevin passed away on April 21, 2014, just one year after the date of his diagnosis. There were several things Red Basket did for Kevin and our family that we are eternally grateful for.

First, the donations helped us to not worry about funds and instead focus on his progress. As Team Kevin is the project that to date raised the most funds by Red Basket, we have so much to be thankful for with the financial assistance we received. Kevin and his wife Cortney were able to choose the treatment options that gave Kevin the best chance of survival without worrying about the financial impact and instead focusing on the positives – his progress. After his death, the Red Basket funds helped to cover the funeral and burial costs. As this was a time filled with heartache and grieving, we are exceptionally grateful for the ability to focus on celebrating his life and not dwell on the costs associated with his passing.

Secondly, Red Basket allowed us to share Kevin’s story. As many of you know, the illness of a loved one can be a difficult topic to approach and to share. With the unpredictability of cancer and treatment schedules, the facts are always changing. It is difficult enough to be the one receiving or making decisions on the treatments, and keeping loved ones up to date on progress can be an overwhelming task. Red Basket provided a platform to use our network to its fullest ability and keep loved ones informed on his progress.

Most importantly, Red Basket helped Kevin to derive strength and hope from everyone in the Red Basket community, even those he had never met. The most inspiring part of Kevin’s story was his unveiling strength throughout his entire battle. He always kept his head up and remained optimistic with each step. He wanted to live the most normal 25 year-old life possible with his newlywed wife and family and friends. The encouragement from the donations and comments left on our Red Basket project helped him to be a rock for all of us. We all knew he was in pain and was struggling each day with his condition, but he never let it bring him down. Without the help from each and every one of you partaking in his story he would not have had the same spirit in his fight.

With the upcoming gathering of family and friends this holiday season, we wanted to share with you a quote that depicts how our family grew together throughout Kevin’s fight.

“Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God Who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”-Francis de Sales

We hope Kevin’s fight can serve as strength in your own personal battles and ignite a spirit in you to face whatever challenges come your way.

Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the past year.

God Bless and Happy Holidays!”
Kali McElroy

To read Kevin’s full Red Basket story, click here: Team Kevin

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!