|Kilgore with wife Lauren, their kids and the Duke kids outside the Fort Thomas City Building.|
Kilgore was originally diagnosed with non-life threatening melanoma in 2011 and, at the time, the doctor told him the likelihood of it spreading was very slim. However, he went back to the doctor with a terrible and lingering cough this winter and after an x-ray revealed a spot on his lungs and 3 biopsies later, Kilgore received the diagnosis of Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma in his eye, lungs, and spleen.
Fellow Fort Thomas officer, Sean Donelan, organized a campaign to help his friend and comrade with the #FTPD4210STRONG fundraiser.
Fellow officers also petitioned the city to help Casey and others who may need help down the road, by donating vacation time that other employees have banked.
Now the great news. Casey updated his status today.
We got the best news possible this morning! While getting CT scan results, the Doctor said they do not see any tumors anywhere, they are all gone! We are extremely happy and fortunate to get this news. I will remain on the same treatment plan, receiving IV Keytruda once every three weeks so that the cancer does not come back. The concern with Melanoma that has spread is that it will always be present in the bloodstream and could resurface if not kept in check. But for now, no tumors is the absolute best case possible! I am very lucky to have the support of my family and friends, as well as amazing doctors and a medicine that has literally saved my life! Thank you all for your love and support during what has been one of the craziest times of my life! - Casey
Hell yeah, Casey. Keep fighting brother.