Cancer claims another innocent child, Kalani Baisden. This 5-year-old was pure warrior, daily battling the disease with a smile on her face.
On January 3, Kalani moved on from this world. Before her daughter passed, Shanai Baisden updated Facebook with the following post.
Kalani is not doing well. She's no longer talking or moving. It hurts too much to type much more and I just want to love on her until her last breath. I've been talking to her and kissing on her. I know she has a host of Facebook friends praying for her. We thank you all for the prayers, Love, and support. We love you so so so much Lani.
Shortly thereafter, a heartwrenching update was made via the GoFundMe set up for Baisden: "Kalani was called to heaven on January 3rd 2019. Rest In Peace, Babygirl. #RememberKalani #LaniStrong."
Now, the Baisden family is trying to get funeral arrangements setup and financed. No one ever plans to bury their children, especially if they're under the age of 5 — let alone watch them tirelessly fight a rare form of cancer like adrenocortical carcinoma (details below).
NOTE: If you would like to contribute anything to the funeral fund for Kalani Baisden, every little bit helps.
According to Facebook, she celebrated her birthday on December 3, 2018, exactly a month prior to passing. She had a blast. Even Batman showed up for the family. By the way, a huge thanks to Nick DuCoeur for making that happen.
Yet, a few weeks prior to celebrating her birthday, the 5-year-old's sister — Journi — wrote a song called "Haunted House for Kalani." Mrs. Baisden posted about it to her Facebook page on October 21, 2018.
If you ask anyone who knew her, Kalani was fierce and resilient from start to finish. Shanai would often call her the "boss" of the house. Honestly, it was no different when it came to fighting cancer.
Actually, Kalani and her battle began long before she was diagnosed. Unfortunately, Baisden's parents — Shanai and Kalan — didn't discover their daughter was sick until seeing a doctor about a persistent leg complaint. As it turns out, she had been masking pain with her beautiful smile...already fighting the disease. By the time Kalan and Shanai received their daughter's cancer diagnosis, she was already in stage 4.
Kalani Baisden Took On Adrenocortical Carcinoma, A Rare Cancer
For Shanai, it literally went from watching Kalani play...to watching her fight stage-4 cancer — within a week's time. What was going on with her daughter so quickly? And what's adrenocortical carcinoma, right? Well, the National Cancer Institute states:
"Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the outer layer of the adrenal gland," the organization defines.
The source says it's also called cancer of the adrenal cortex. This organ is extremely important because it makes hormones that:
Not saying those were the particular issues Kalani Baisden encountered in her fight against this aggressive disease, but those are facts from the National Cancer Institute's information on adrenocortical carcinoma.
According to her mother, Kalani continued having pains throughout her body — especially in her legs. It got to the point her daughter simply couldn't place much-to-any pressure on them.
Remember Kalani. #LaniStrong.