Community goes to bat for young Milford woman battling brain tumor

A gofundme account has collected more than $23,000 of $100,000 sought for a young Milford woman battling a brain tumor.

According to the gofundme website, Danielle Kemp, 19, of Milford, a Foran High School graduate and currently a Division 1 student-athlete at Stony Brook in Long Island, is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.

“As an avid softball player since childhood, Danni was spending this summer the same way she has been for the past 10 years, playing summer softball; only this year, she was in a Brakettes uniform the whole summer,” the website states.

“In early July, Danni got hit by a pitch in the helmet during an at-bat. As a few weeks passed, Danni began experiencing balance problems, trouble focusing, and dizziness. Doctors had initially thought it was a concussion, but after an MRI was ordered, they realized it was not a concussion. After being sent to Yale-New Haven Hospital, Danni and her family were informed that she has an inoperable brain tumor in the Pons region of her brain.”

The family was told that due to the location of the tumor, surgery was not an option. Instead, Danni is scheduled to begin radiation therapy on Aug. 29, and will receive treatment Monday through Friday, for a total of six weeks.

“The team of doctors at Yale is still working to come up with the best plan of care to continue with after the six weeks of radiation,” the site states.

An update post Tuesday says that Kemp has been admitted to Yale after experiencing extreme pain Monday.

“She is such a fighter and never complained about the pain, but it was too much last night,” the posting states. “Thanks to all of you for your support, thoughts and prayers....we are all overwhelmed with your generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The gofundme page was created by a friend, Bradley Taylor. The posting says Kemp is a tough woman who is ready to fight.

“Her strong and indomitable will has already proven to be more than enough to battle and beat a rare kidney disease while she was in high school,” the gofundme page states. “This will be a battle, but with so many people who know and love Danni and her family, they’ve got an army behind them.

“With that being said, there are so many people looking to help so we’ve started with this page in hopes of raising money for the family to offset any costs that they may face in this upcoming battle.”

Click here to get to the gofundme page.