Editorial Note: The following entry was imported from a project website and was not written by director James Kicklighter. It is attributed to its original author in the heading. The original writing has not been modified from the author's words.James Kicklighter
I came onto the A Few Things About Cancer team a little later than James and Kyle. I knew they had been working on this story, but had only heard bits and pieces of what was actually happening.
It was not until I began reviewing footage to work on the edit that I realized exactly what this young couple was going through, and how my history contained a similar story.
Medicine and treatment has luckily come a long way in thirty years, but in 1988, when my younger sister and best friend was three years old, she had a birth defect in her stomach that went undetected for so long it nearly killed her.
After yet another late night trip that resulted in her admission to the hospital, we sat as a family for three weeks of testing, treatment, more testing and countless IV pricks before they finally discovered what was causing this tiny helpless being to become weaker and weaker every day.
I was only four years old at the time, but I distinctly remember my young parents staying strong as we sat together coloring pictures and waiting for someone, anyone, to tell us what to do next.
Everyday there were flowers, and nurses, and visitors, and saline bags, but no answers, and through it all we stuck together.
As I looked through interviews and b-roll for A Few Things About Cancer, it brought back wisps of memories that I hadn’t thought about in years. I recognized the unconditional love between Caleb and Jada that would ultimately help them survive this ordeal.
I understood the necessity of the support system both families provided, and most importantly, I was awestruck by Caleb’s resilient attitude to remain a healthy person who was simply receiving treatment.
I am honored that I could be a part of this important project. There are so many people who can relate to this story, and many more that might just need to know that a Stage Four diagnosis is not the end, it’s just the beginning of the fight. #runtothefight
- Elizabeth Kaiser, producer