kusyBy Jeff LaBonte

Four year old Jayda Kusy was enjoying her first season as a soccer player when, on September 24, she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  Jayda has what is known as a yolk sac tumor.  By the time Jayda was diagnosed, the cancer had spread to other parts of her body, and intensive chemotherapy was started.

Jayda is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital, and her chemo sessions occur over several days at a time.  She is currently on her third round of a planned six sessions.  According to friend and Everybody’s Fitness owner, Jason Cook, Jayda’s father reports there has been progress fighting the tumor, and it has shrunk somewhat since the treatments began.  Doctors have had success treating this type of cancer, so her doctors, family and friends are optimistic about a successful outcome.

The emotional strain a parent faces when their child has a serious illness is difficult enough.  The additional financial stress incurred from receiving medical treatment – travel, hotels, food, lost time at work – can put a family in a precarious situation.

This weekend, Everybody’s Fitness, 441 Southbridge St.  is holding an indoor cycling event, with all proceeds going to aid the Kusy family.  The event will be held this Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9am to 12pm.  There will be three time slots: 9am-10am; 10:15am-10:45am; and 11am-12pm.  Riders are encouraged to sign p for a time slot, with a suggested donation of about $40 ($30 for the 30 minute slot).  There are still a few slots available at the 10:15 and the 11am ride.  You can call Everybody’s Fitness at (508)832-3700 to reserve a spot.

If cycling is not your thing, or you can’t make it Saturday, or all the bikes are full (which will hopefully be the case), friends have also set up a GoFundMe site at http://www.gofundme.com/Jayda.  Over $16,000 has already been raised, but they could use your help to reach their goal of $40,000.