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May 4, 2017

Teen Smiles in the Face of Terminal Cancer

NBC Boston Channel 10

Doctors say time is limited for a Massachusetts teenager suffering from terminal cancer. But 15-year-old Kyle O'Grady is continuing to live life to the fullest, reaching new milestones each day.

The Danvers teen was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago, and he stopped the grueling chemotherapy process a few months ago. His symptoms are getting worse.

"I get headaches, which are not fun," O'Grady said. The boy is in hospice care, but it has not stopped him from smiling and appreciating life. "My family is everything that makes me happy," O'Grady said.

Struggling with the diagnosis, his parents are leaving their jobs temporarily as they try to help him fulfill each item on his list. Employees at the Care Dimensions hospice center, where his mom works, have even given up vacation days to help offset the family's financial burden.

As he seeks to get the most out of life, O'Grady has visited Disney World, Red Sox spring training, and several Hollywood sets. "I love 'Transformers,'" O'Grady said.

Thursday, he got to tour toy giant Hasbro, home to GI Joe, My Little Pony and some of the most iconic board games. After a lesson on how action figures are made, he got to try on and touch the latest gadgets.

Christmas came in May for O'Grady, who got boxes of toys. The creators of Monopoly even created a personalized game just for O'Grady, with a custom board and game pieces.

As of Monday, a GoFundMe page created in November to help support the O'Grady family has raised more than $18,000 of its $25,000 goal.


Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.