Regional Health Cancer Institute honors patient's legacy

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV)- Caregivers of the Regional Health John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute honored the inspiration of one of their youngest patients Monday.

When 3-year-old Kamryn Schumacher would receive her treatment for brain cancer, her mother would pass the time painting two of her daughters favorite cartoon characters in a waiting area.

"It was therapeutic, her radiation treatment's didn't take to long once she got into radiation, maybe 10 minutes?" said Kristy Schumacher, Kamyrn's mother. "So it was 10 mintutes at a time, but it occupied my brain. It gave me something else to focus on...not thinking about her being intubated..."

Unfortunately, Kamryn lost her battle to cancer in May of last year, but during her battle she won over many hearts at CCI. So when recent remodels meant the wall with the art would have to come down, contractor Ainsworth Benning and CCI staff arranged to cut out the drawing and move it to another hallway to serve as a tribute to Kamryn.

"That's all that we can ask for, we just want her remembered, everyday..." said Kristy Schumacher," makes our hearts so happy."

A sentiment echoed by Kamryn's father.

"It makes us very happy to know that they know how special she was," said Dustin Schumacher, "and she was very special."

The Shumachers hope that Kamryn's legacy will serve as an inspiration to others who are fighting cancer.