Valley View kindergartner battling brain cancer is focus of fund raiser

Valley View kindergartner battling brain cancer is focus of fund raiser

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Six-year-old Kristian Young dreams of becoming a chef.

But first, he needs to beat cancer.

The Valley View kindergartner was diagnosed with brain cancer in October and just a few days later he was in emergency surgery.

He is currently undergoing extensive chemotherapy.

His mother, Kathleen Young, has had to leave her job to care for Kristian full-time.

She and her husband, Army Reservist Sgt. Christopher Silva, moved to Jonesboro a couple of years ago.

Shortly after, Kristian began experiencing vomiting and headaches.

His mother took him to the doctor, but the issues were unresolved.

His teacher at school became concerned when Kristian experienced trouble walking and running.

He was eventually taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital, where doctors found a large mass at the back of his brain.

He also has tumors on his spinal cord and tailbone, which make it painful for him to sit.

To help the family during this difficult time, a fund raiser has been organized for Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. inside the Valley View Elementary Cafeteria.

Participants will be treated to a pork tenderloin dinner, student art auction and bake sale to raise money for the family's expenses.

Tickets are $10 each.

You can purchase tickets at Maxx Nutrition, Jagged Edge and Regions Bank until April 24.

You can read more about Kristian and his battle with cancer at his GoFundMe page:

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Kristian Young fund raiser, call Katie Ingram at 870-351-6842.

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