Fund set up to help family of bone cancer patient, 5
From Staff Reports

July 7, 2006 -- A fund has been established at First Convenience Bank to help the family of 5-year-old Zi-Karryus Ivery with expenses associated with treatment for bone cancer.

Zi-Karryus, the son of LaKenya Ross and Cameron Ivery, has been undergoing chemotherapy for osteosarcoma since the spring. The bone cancer manifested as a very large tumor on the child’s thigh bone. While doctors were able to remove a portion of the tumor through surgery, it could not be completely removed due to its location. Medical experts also told his family there is no known cure to completely eliminate the disease from his body, but that chemotherapy could be helpful.

Zi-Karryus is currently undergoing chemotherapy, which is causing the 5-year-old to endure tremendous ongoing pain, family members say. Zi-Karryus’ mother has been unable to work since April 1 while caring for him, putting the single mother and family in financial straits. LaKenya Ross is in “desperate need” of help with medicine and medical costs, as well as transportation to and from the hospital in Dallas for treatments.

Family friends have established a fund where donations may be made to assist Zi-Karryus’ family with medical, living and transportation expenses. Donations may be made at First Convenience bank, located  at 1730 South Broadway St. inside Wal-Mart. Zi-Karryus’ family indicated that any and all help “would be deeply appreciated.”

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