Things were turned upside-down when the Walsh family’s little boy Kieran was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, stage two cancer in November of 2016.
Shortly after the diagnosis, the family went to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 48 hours after arriving, the tumor had been removed. Kieran then began 19 weeks of chemotherapy, which he responded well to. During his 6-month scans, they found that the tumor had metastasized to his lungs, which had not been detected in his August scans. Kieran underwent immediate surgery to remove the tumor from his lungs. He then underwent 27 weeks of hard chemo along with eight rounds of radiation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca and Kevin Walsh had always wanted hardwood floors throughout the house, but following Kieran’s diagnosis and his ongoing lung radiation, there was more urgency surrounding the replacement of the carpet with hardwood floors. The family decided to prevent further problems with Kieran’s lungs by switching from carpet to hardwood, so after doing some research they took a trip to our Wide Plank Floor Supply showroom in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Rebecca says that although the flooring project wasn’t in their budget, she and Kevin felt like it was important to do in order take care of the health of their family. They decided they would put the cost of the project on credit cards and worry about paying it off later.
“If cancer has taught us one thing, it’s living in the moment,” Rebecca says.
The Walsh family’s experience with Wide Plank Floor Supply
Kevin, Rebecca, and three of their four children, including Kieran, traveled to the showroom for Wide Plank Floor Supply, our sister company, where they met with Wide Plank Floor Supply Sales Rep Fred Beach, who took them on a tour so they could see all of the options available to them.
Read more about this amazing project on our Wide Plank Floor Supply blog – click here for the full story.
Update: Kieran’s Special Day with the Reading Phillies and Trenton Thunder
Our sales rep Fred Beach recently organized a very special day for Kieran Walsh and his family.
The Trenton Thunder team graciously gave the Walsh family six free tickets to a Reading Phillies vs. Trenton Thunder game and Kieran got to throw the first pitch! Kieran also received a jersey signed by the Reading Phillies as well as a signed baseball.
The Walsh family had a ton of fun and we were so happy that Fred was able to make this amazing day come to fruition!