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Youngster loses battle with cancer

June 01, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Corey Matthew Kitchen
Corey Matthew Kitchen

HAGERSTOWN — A 5-year-old Hagerstown boy who was diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2008 and became the focus of local fundraisers died Tuesday at Meritus Medical Center.

Corey Matthew Kitchen, who was under the care of the Hospice of Washington County, had malignant brain tumors in 2008, according to The Herald-Mail’s archives.

The tumors were detected at Washington County Hospital, now Meritus Medical Center, and Corey was referred to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., his mother, Angelina Kitchen, said Wednesday afternoon.

Corey started chemotherapy treatments in July 2008 and went into remission from about November 2008 to about May 2009, Angelina Kitchen said.

Corey then came out of remission that May and went through radiation treatments, she said.

Corey went into remission again from about August 2009 to February 2010. It was eventually discovered that cancer had metastasized to Corey’s lymph nodes and his pelvis, his mother said.

Corey endured a few rounds of chemotherapy, and in January this year, it was discovered that cancer had spread through his body, she said.

His mother said there were no other options to treat his cancer, and Corey had been receiving medication recently to control pain.

Angelina Kitchen Wednesday thanked “anybody and everybody” who supported Corey in his battle against cancer.

At least two fundraisers were held to help Corey.

In June of last year, a fundraiser was held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center for Corey and another sick child.

Money was raised through games, rides, food and music at the event sponsored by Route 40 Kruisers for Kids.

In October 2008, a motorcycle ride from Williamsport to Hagerstown was held to raise money to help pay for Corey’s medical bills.

Corey loved playing with and collecting super hero figures, especially Spider Man, according to his obituary.

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