INSPIRED. Jessie DeJackome says, “Kim Frenette has been in my life since 1994. The impact she has had on myself and others reaches far beyond what this little white box can hold. She is kind, generous, bold, exciting and everything you would want in a family member and friend. I could start back in the day with how wonderful this woman is, but I’m going to focus on the last year and how she has made a difference to her friends, family, and one special little girl.
Kim first heard of McKenzie through her sister. Her niece plays on the same soccer team and they told her about McKenzie and her inoperable brain tumor. Kim heard how much McKenzie loved animals and had always wanted her own horse and to learn how to ride. Being an avid animal lover herself, Kim started thinking about ways to make this little girl’s dream come true. She talked to McKenzie’s neighbor and learned that the DIPG (the name of the type of tumor she has) and the prognosis, Kim decided to put thought into action. She started researching about a way to save 2 lives at the same time. She read about the horse auctions and that those that weren’t sold were often sent to slaughter. Kim talked to local businesses, family and friends to try and arrange a place for the horse to stay and supply it with everything it needed so that the burden wouldn’t fall onto the family.
The first night that Kim met McKenzie was the night that she presented her with her very own horse. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was in those moments that Kim’s life was changed forever. With the support of Wait-N-See farm of Hudson, there was a nice stable to house the horse (soon to be named Star) with an indoor arena where MacK would be able to visit her horse in comfort even during the cold winters. Kim made sure everything was settled and helped out around the farm and made herself available to Mack any time she wanted to spend time with Star. Soon Mack became another member of Kim’s family. Mack’s kind smile and warm heart was a wonderful addition!
The news came shortly after that Mack’s tumor was growing back and there did not seem to be any other options. Kim and Mack’s grandfather started researching and they found Dr. Bruzynski and his trials using antinoplastons. Kim dug right in making calls and asking questions. She talked to survivors, parents of survivors, politicians, news papers, anyone and everyone. She learned that this treatment had a 27% success rate where Boston has only had 1 survivor, but even though Mack was given a 1% prognosis, she was not allowed to have this treatment because it was banned by the FDA.
Not willing to give up on the girl who changed her life, she got to work. She learned that the only way around this FDA was a petition to Obama himself, but it required 100,000 signatures. So, petition went up and then she talked to anyone and everyone. She called news stations, she called more politicians, doctor’s, newspapers, looking to get the word out about the petition. The Patriots, Celtics and Bruins all advertised the petition on their facebook page encouraging their fans to make a difference. The petition is currently at 62,400 and she’s not stopping! She contacted Senator Ayotte who then contacted the FDA and started negotiations. Bruzynski offered his treatment at no cost pending approval from the FDA. And she’s still fighting to get this option for this girl and her family.
Kim is truly one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. She helps people and animals alike in any way that she can. She fights what is right for others with such kindness, compassion and all of her heart. I have been blessed to have her in my life for as long as I have. Kim truly is one person everyone should know. Her inspiration has touched me beyond words, and I hope her story has touched your heart as well.”