Florida State Swimmer McKenna Keith Diagnosed With Cancer

FSU senior McKenna Keith has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and her teammates have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for her rent payments.

Keith was a Florida high school standout who originally joined the South Carolina swimming program. She competed at SECs over her first two seasons and was the team’s top 50 freestyler as a freshman. Keith transferred to Florida State last season, ultimately competing at the Auburn Invite in February and then registering a couple of swims over the summer.

Per the GoFundMe page, Keith has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. The page says that Keith is undergoing chemotherapy through December of this year and hopes to return to Florida State after treatment. But Keith is still on a lease at her school and will be responsible for rent in addition to medical expenses. A handful of her teammates created the GoFundMe page to help raise money to cover Keith’s rent while she is away.

“On top of all of the medical costs she is already facing, we do not want rent and utilities to be an extra burden for her family,” the page reads. “We want McKenna to be able to come back and be able to live in her room in our apartment without any worry about violating or cancelling the lease.

“The Seminole family is behind her every step of the way as we anticipate her healthy return next semester.”

You can find the GoFundMe page here.

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2 years ago

Devastating news, but this about the best you can hope for with a cancer diagnosis. Hodgkins has a pretty high survival rate. If it is Stage 1 it’s around 90, but even later stages have good rates. Wishing her the best.

2 years ago

Best wishes. I’m a Hodgkin Lymphoma (staged as IIa) survivor, having been diagnosed in late 1999. You’ll come through this! Stay strong and know you have the support of so many out there.

2 years ago

I like seeing the modest GofundMe goal they set. Many times they just look like money grabs.

Reply to  taa
2 years ago

You know what would be better? Not needing a gofund me to pay medical bills in the “greatest country” on earth

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
2 years ago

yes lets make everything free.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  taa
2 years ago

Go peep that Mercatus study that accidentally showed “Medicare For All” *saving* Americans two trillion dollars over ten years.

To say nothing of the immense benefits to people’s healthcare, it’s also the more affordable option.

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
2 years ago

yeah except the go fund me isn t for medical bills. It is for rent.

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
2 years ago

What’s really sick is making this political.

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