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Life on the Farm: Kash Addy

Submitted by Shaina Spann, UF/IFAS Extension Baker County

Kash Addy, 12, has been a member of Baker County 4-H for 6 years. Kash has participated in 4-H activities like school enrichment chicken embryology, residential 4-H camp and club meetings. He has served his 4-H club in numerous leadership roles, most recently as vice president. He has raised chickens, swine, rabbits, and a steer for his 4-H and FFA projects. Kash has been active in public speaking events for several years; one of his speeches was “How to Rope A Steer” where he brought his rope and practice calf to demonstrate roping techniques. Kash participates fully in any activity that he is in and he has the best outlook! He loves being with his animals, siblings and family. He is always willing and asking what he can do to help with the event he’s attending. In 2014, Kash was diagnosed with a Tectal Plate Glioma, a low-grade brain tumor; following the diagnosis he underwent three surgeries, including shunt placement. In 2017 he had six weeks of proton therapy radiation, with MRIs every three months. One of those MRIs found two new tumors. In April 2017, he began chemotherapy treatments every other week for one year. This year he has started bi-monthly chemotherapy treatments all while maintaining his school work, 4-H projects and sports. He is planning his chemotherapy with the hopes that he can attend Camp Cherry Lake for the fifth time. Kash is an inspiration to all to “Make the Best Better.”

 

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