(Memphis) An everyday fight for life now has a man battling brain cancer doing all he can to help save the lives of sick children.
Kevin Bezon was only an infant when was diagnosed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Now he lives with his father Ron, who takes care of him.
After more than 50 surgeries to remove 16 tumors, Kevin was left with mental disabilities.
Ron said it is crucial Kevin’s goal of helping others is met, while there is still time.
Kevin spends about 20 hours a day asleep in his bed, his body wrecked from a lifetime of undergoing one surgery after another at St. Jude.
“St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases, and Kevin certainly seemed like a hopeless case,” Ron said of the diagnosis.
On top of that, he watched his mother die of a brain hemorrhage when he was a teenager.
However, instead of feeling self-pity, Kevin has always looked beyond himself.
“When Kevin’s mother died when he was 16, in 2001, she left him $10,000 inheritance,” Ron said. “And he said, ‘You know dad, I want to give this to St. Jude and the soup kitchen to help the poor and homeless people.’”
Just a few short years ago, Kevin was able to play golf with the Special Olympics, bowl, volunteer at the soup kitchen and even dress up as his idol, Elvis Presley, to entertain people in nursing homes.
Now, even though he is mostly confined to his room, he is still giving back.
Ron explained, “He said, ‘You know, St. Jude gave me 28 years of life, and I’d like to raise $1,000 for each year of my life.’”
A St. Jude’s donation web page is set up so you can help Kevin reach his goal.
Kevin said, “If people don’t donate…Then they can’t find cures or treatments.”
With tumors that keep resurfacing, Kevin’s future is unclear.
“Kevin knows that if there’s not a chance of stopping them, that we’re not going to do any more surgeries,” Ron said through tears. Kevin added, “I can’t keep going in every two months and taking out the tumor.”
Ron insists they will continue to fight for Kevin’s goal and fight to keep his spirit of servitude alive.
“What do you, we say, Kev?” Ron asked, turning to his son.
“Never give up,” Kevin replied, with a grin.
“That’s right!” Ron said. “Don’t ever give up.”
To donate and help Kevin reach his goal, click here.
He has raised close to $24,500 of the $28,000 he is trying to reach before his 29th birthday on May 27.