A happy homecoming: 4-year-old returns home from last chemo treatment (w/video)
Since January, the Hay family has made countless trips between Alexandria and Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
But their trip back to Alexandria on Friday, July 7, was different. This trip marked the end of a chapter, as 4-year-old Kennedi Hay celebrated her last chemotherapy treatment.
Accompanied by an Alexandria Police Department escort, the Hay family returned home to a yard full of balloons, family and friends.
“It feels surreal,” said Bobbi, Kennedi’s mother. “It just hasn’t set in yet. She’s been a trooper.”
After Kennedi was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma, a rare type of kidney cancer, the Hays lives changed drastically. Trevor Hay, Kennedi’s father, says the experience has taught them the importance of spending time together.
“I actually stopped and thought more about spending more time with family versus working,” he said. “That was always my clutch. It was work, work, work and we’ll play later. But things like this make you look at it a little differently.”
As they readjust to life at home, Trevor says the plan is to create new memories.
“We’re going to plan some trips, go do some stuff,” he said. “We just want to try to create some good memories and push this to the side and move on.”
As for Kennedi? She’s just ready to get back to being a kid.
“I’m excited to play,” she said.