A Des Moines teen who drew national attention for his battle against cancer is now in hospice care.
For much of his young life, 13-year-old Justin Chey cared for his grandparents while his mother worked. Now, Justin is getting the care at a Hospice in Des Moines. Justin’s mother says the cancer has spread throughout his body and doctors can’t do any more to help him. She says Justin doesn’t even know how serious his condition is.
“I want to tell him the truth right now, but I just don’t know what to explain to him because I don’t want him to lose all his hope right now.” Kelly Chey explains, “The way that he said it he’s going to beat this cancer and try to stay strong. I don’t know what else to say. It’s kind of hard for me to explain and tell him, you know, what’s going to happen next here, you know? What he’s facing in front of him right now.”
Kelly Chey recently lost the job she has held for the past 17-years as a custodian for Lincoln High School. A fund has been set up for the Cheys at Edco Community Credit Union.