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Sept Day 28: Linkyn Funderburk just diagnosed with liver cancer

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Sept Day 28: Just Diagnosed With Liver Cancer

We tell all the stories. The good, the bad and the downright sudden.

Two weeks ago, 16-month-old Linkyn Funderburk was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma. He and his three brothers, two sisters, mom Grace and dad Chris live in Lake Wylie. A family of eight. They say they’re all fighting this with him.

Whirlwind couple weeks. Linkyn – who is the youngest – is currently getting chemo. The hope is they can shrink the tumors on his liver. A liver transplant could be on the table, but not planned at this point.

“We refer to our family as #TheStrongestLink,” Chris and Grace wrote in an email last night. “We ask for good thoughts, prayers, and vibes for our family and our baby Linkyn. He was the ‘missing link’ to our blended family of eight and we are all ready to fight along with our little hero.”

There’s a picture of Linkyn with his five siblings below. They are Jacquelyn (17), Cameron (11), Bradyn (9), Isabella (9) and Landyn (7). 

The diagnosis came on September 11th. Chris had taken Linkyn to the ER days before because “his MawMaw” had felt a lump in his belly. An X-ray and ultrasound showed two masses on Linkyn’s liver and he was immediately transferred to Levine Children's Hospital.

One CT scan, MRI, and a liver biopsy later, doctors were using the word, “Hepatoblastoma”. 

“He is a tough little guy,” Grace said. “He loves Yo Gabba Gabba and ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ and takes everything like a champ. He will kick cancer’s butt.”

Most of all though, he’s just a little boy. A kid whose family was rocked by pediatric cancer, ironically in this month we’re trying so hard to fight it. 

Two more days. These stories matter.




PPS: In case you missed them:

Sept Day 27: Aria Blackburn, turning 2 years old and thriving

Sept 26: Bone Marrow drive at St. Jude

Sept Day 25: Amazing Grace Foundation

Sept 22: Former teacher helps #MollysKids by making pillows

Sept Day 21: Kaila Atapovich. Proud dad.

Sept Day 20: Brynn Florczyk- Molly's Kid 2017

Sept Day 19: Emma Hold... back to "normal"

Sept Day 18: The Impact of Isabella Santos

Sept Day 17: A Strong, Sweet, Silly Charmer.

Sept Day 16: Average age kids are diagnosed with cancer is...

Sept Day 14: TJ Anderson. Waiting, and waiting, and waiting.

Sept Day 13: Greyson Stephens

Sept Day 12: Dillon Hudgens

Sept Day 11: Hometown Heroes

Sept 10th, Zach Ramsey and the first away game for the Carolina Panthers

Sept 9th, Dream On 3 gala...does your business have heart?

Sept 8th, High school football team supports 10-year-old girl fighting cancer

Sept 7th, Chiara's wig

Sept 6th, Dalton Edwards' book

Sept 5th, Cancer survivor starts pre-school

Sept 4th, Sofia Copp

Sept 3rd, "Cancer Messed With ___

Sept 2nd, Ally Davis Surprise

Sept 1st, Levine Cancer Clinic TOUR 

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