4-Year-Old Friend of UF Player a Winner, Too; Friendship with Boy Battling Cancer Helps Yeguete Appreciate Small Things

By Carlyon, Hays | The Florida Times Union, April 5, 2014 | Go to article overview

4-Year-Old Friend of UF Player a Winner, Too; Friendship with Boy Battling Cancer Helps Yeguete Appreciate Small Things


Carlyon, Hays, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Hays Carlyon

With a little encouragement from his mother, Shelsie, 4-year-old Kaedyn Ballew is able to articulate what Florida senior forward Will Yeguete means to him.

"He's like my big brother," Kaedyn said.

Yeguete, along with Florida center Patric Young, was there for the Ocala boy during his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells that occurs most frequently in children.

Kaedyn has been battling cancer since he was 10 months old. It's a fight Kaedyn is winning, although the odds were initially long. Kaedyn was diagnosed with mumps before the true culprit was discovered.

Upon discovery, Shelsie was told by the responding oncologist that Kaedyn might not live through the weekend. He was in a coma.

Kaedyn survived that, as well as a return of the cancer three months after leaving the hospital. He spent four more months in Shands hospital in Gainesville and was released last April following a bone marrow transplant. Yeguete and Young met Kaedyn on a visit to the children's floor of the hospital.

"He's done amazing," Shelsie said. "His immune system is pretty strong now, so he can do most everything normal, healthy kids can do. He climbs trees, rides bikes. He runs now."

Throughout the entire process, Yeguete kept a watchful eye on Kaedyn. He texts Shelsie several times a week to get updates and accompanied Kaedyn on most of his doctor appointments.

Yeguete, a native of Bordeaux, France, was also able to get Kaedyn and his family tickets to a game.

"Since he's been sick the last few years, that was the first place he's gone with so many people," Shelsie said. "It was really exciting for him to be around so many people. After the game, we went down and Will took him into the locker room. He got to hang out with all the guys."

Yeguete showed how much Kaedyn means to him on Senior Day. Prior to the game against Kentucky, Yeguete was one of four seniors honored. Yeguete chose Kaedyn and Shelsie to accompany him onto the court to receive his framed jersey.

Yeguete gave Kaedyn a towel after the win.

"That's his towel," Shelsie said. "He says no one else is allowed to touch it."

Kaedyn has attended four home games, as well as several UF practices.

"To be able to hang out with him, have him at practices, do different things makes me enjoy life," Yeguete said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

4-Year-Old Friend of UF Player a Winner, Too; Friendship with Boy Battling Cancer Helps Yeguete Appreciate Small Things
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.