Danni Kemp, a two-time all-state softball shortstop at Foran who now plays at Division I Stony Brook, has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
According to a gofundme page set up by Bradley Taylor, Kemp learned of her diagnosis back in July while playing for the Stratford Brakettes.
She was hit in the head with a pitch and, weeks later, was still having problems focusing, balancing and getting around. After an MRI, doctors learned she had developed a tumor in the pons region of her brain. Because of its location, the cancer is inoperable and must be treated exclusively with radiation.
She will begin radiation therapy for six weeks beginning August 29. Her family, the page says, is hopeful new clinical trials for treatment will be available in the future.
“Danni is the toughest young woman we have all ever met, and is more than ready to fight this,” the page says. “Her strong and indomitable will has already proven to be more than enough to battle and beat a rare kidney disease while she was in high school.
“This will be a battle but with so many people who know and love Danni and her Family, they’ve got an army behind them. With that being said, there are so many people looking to help so we’ve started with this page in hopes of raising money for the family to offset any costs that they may face in this upcoming battle.”
You can donate to the family’s gofundme page here: Danni Kemp’s Cancer Support Fund