HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Life is unpredictable.
“My lymph node on my neck was the size of a golf ball,” Kyara Fike said.
A single moment can change everything.
“The biopsy then had shown that I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” Fike said. “All of a sudden, everything went from being perfectly normal to abnormal.”
Fike’s cancer fight began in July, which has created uncertainty from every perspective..
“I think I was a little bit in shock too,” Fike said. “Or maybe a little bit in denial of like, ‘Oh, OK, I have cancer, but what do I do with this now?’”
Fike has chosen to fight. And she developed a reputation for that through sports, on the volleyball court.
“The noise of everything else from like school or just drama or whatever it was, I just felt like I could just leave it all,” Fike said.
Fike has handled noise before. She transferred to Adams Central from Sandy Creek ahead of her junior year, making the 40 minute commute from Deweese every day.
“Adams Central was a huge blessing in my life,” Fike said.
Fike became a Patriot and joined the volleyball team, but her life changed again meeting Libby Lollman.
“When you talk about culture kids and kids who really just buy into what you’re doing and give everything they have to a program, she’s the definition of that kid,” said Lollman, volleyball coach at Adams Central.
“She just really wanted to help me out and helped me grow as a person,” Fike added
Fike’s impact in those two years at Adams Central have fostered an entire community of support in her fight against cancer.
“There’s a lot of love and support,” said Isabel Dejonge, a current freshman on the Adams Central volleyball team and former student of Fike. “The whole school — she just came in and everybody loved her the first year she was here.”
“I play for her my shoes have ‘KF’ on it for Kyara Fike and ‘be strong,’” added Gabby Feeney, a sophomore setter for Adams Central. “I’ve been playing for her for a long time.”
“I’ve always had her support, so now I feel like giving that support back to her is probably the best thing we can do,” said Lauryn Scott, a former Patriot teammate of Fike.
The Patriots are being proactive in their support. Adams Central honored Fike in its match on ‘Service to Cancer’ night at Northwest in September.
“I had told the girls that they had given me a reason to get out of bed that morning,” Fike said. “It was really, really special to me, just knowing that they were playing for me.”
“The type of kid she is and her perseverance, we just wanted to give something back to her,” Lollman added.
It was equally special for the players.
“I hugged her before the game and it really did it for me,” Feeney said. “That’s when I got super emotional.”
“At the game, it just hit me,” Dejonge added. “It hit me like a wall. I just started crying.”
“We’re all playing for the same reason,” Scott said. “We’re going to remember the mark she left on our program forever.”
The battle continues. Adams Central has represented Fike with a 23-7 record entering subdistrict play and Fike has endured five rounds of chemotherapy with almost complete resolution of the cancer in her body.
“Honestly, to me, it’s a miracle that my cancer is almost healed in two months,” Fike said.
And her fight has been a shared experience that has shifted the outlook of everyone involved.
“On the days when I find myself being negative sometimes it’s like, ‘You know what, what would Kyara Fike think of this moment?’” Lollman said. “‘What would she do?’ And if she can be a positive person in everything that she’s going through right now, I can definitely handle my day as well.”
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