About Kenzo Wilson

Like many kids his age, Kenzo Wilson is an energetic, fun-loving kid with a smile that will melt your heart.   He enjoys playing video games and soccer, is a cunning chess player, and loves heading out for a round of golf, often besting his dad.

In November of 2011, having just started his final year at Glenealy Primary School and  just shy of his 11th birthday, Kenzo was diagnosed with Leukemia.  A parent’s worst fear had now become a reality.  He was admitted into the hospital and celebrated his 11th birthday from the hospital bed.

Between November and February, Kenzo underwent three rounds of chemotherapy treatments.  Ever the optimist, Kenzo’s spirits remained high and unabated.  Between the rounds of chemo, Kenzo was able to return home, enjoy time with his family and friends, and continue his schoolwork.

There were days when he felt well enough to do normal everyday activities, and yet they would be followed by severe downturns and stays in the Emergency Room.  An unimaginable roller coast of emotions was becoming the daily routine for his family and friends.  Throughout the process, however, Kenzo never once uttered a complaint or lost his radiant smile.

In early 2012, Kenzo’s doctors determined that a stem-cell transplant was necessary for his recovery.  Remarkably, Kenzo’s sister Kohana turned out to be a perfect match, and so Kenzo and Kohana underwent the transplant process together in February of 2012.  Several tense months passed as doctors and family waited to see if Kenzo’s body would accept or reject his sister’s cells. By late Spring, there was finally some good news as it seemed the transplant was a success.  Kenzo was soon able to return home to his family with a bright ray of hope on the horizon.

Kenzo was looking forward to a full recovery.  Outside of regular hospital checkups, Kenzo spent his time at home cautiously guarding against infections.  He was able to graduate at the end of the school year along with his classmates.  His blood count was improving with every test, and he was eagerly looking forward to starting at Island School in August.

In June, however, he began having breathing difficulties.  After a month of hospital visits,  he was diagnosed with Bronchiolitis Obliterans, a debilitating condition of the lungs brought on by a complication from the stem cell transplant.   His condition has continued to deteriorate, limiting his movement and leaving him wheelchair-bound.

At the end of September, his condition deteriorated further, and he was admitted into intensive care at Queen Mary Hospital.  In order to help Kenzo with his breathing, it was necessary for him to be sedated and put onto a ventilator.

Kenzo is now in need of a lung transplant – an uncommon procedure in Hong Kong, further complicated by a lack of suitable donors.

To give Kenzo the best possible chance for survival, his family will need to move him overseas in order to find a suitable  donor and for him to receive the best possible medical care.

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24 thoughts on “About Kenzo Wilson

  1. Wendy says:

    Kenzo, you are a very brave boy, we are with you. You will get better soon….Parents from Glenealy school.

  2. Vidya says:

    We are praying…Glenealy parent

  3. inez says:

    You were really brave!! 🙂
    you wil get better before you know it !!!!
    keep your spirits up!

    inez and christie

  4. Pop Rock says:

    Kenzo, u are so brave
    I hope that u will be coming to Island School soon.
    I am in y7 it is the best school ever!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope to see u next year

  5. Joelle Glenealy School student says:

    I hope you will get well soon I will be praying for you!

  6. Michael says:

    cool kid. wish you luck. stay strong because you are an example for us all.

  7. Abby Sampson says:

    I hope you get better soon Kenzo. The whole of Glenealy and alot of Island School are praying for you! ❤ Your so brave 🙂 good luck and stay strong u are really someone to look up to 🙂 xx

  8. Ellie Kehoe says:

    I hope that you will get well really soon. ❤ 🙂 Glenealy are praying for you and so are many of my friends at IS 🙂

  9. Kate says:

    Hi Kenzo, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wish you get well very soon. Big hug to you.

  10. Alexandra Pound says:

    hope you get better really soon and you must keep your spirits up – good luck.
    Alexandra Pound Yr 7 – West Island School

  11. Alison says:

    Hi Kenzo….we are all right behind you all. Be strong little guy you are a very very bright light in this world and we need you to show us how to shine.
    Alison SAR philharmonic

  12. Uncle Jan-Willem says:

    Hi Kenzo, we are all thinking about you. Looking forward to seeing you at the end of October. Lots of love, your uncle Jan-Willem & family.

  13. Kiara Saha says:

    Hi Kenzo I am in Year 6 in glenealy school right now. I heard that you have leukamemia. If you stay positive you will get better soon. And get better soon hope you feel well!

  14. Kiara Saha says:

    Kenzo you are very brave to keep high hopes up to be better. Get well soon!

  15. Shibani Chopra says:

    Dear Kenzo, you will be well before you know it! Praying for you.. A lot.

  16. Osborn / Oscar / Tiffany /Ada / Danny says:

    Kenzo, Fight on!

  17. Ben, Megumi, Felix and Uma says:

    Dear Kenzo, we are overwhelmed by your bravery and fighting spirit. We are thinking of you and all your family. Keep battling.

  18. Shweta says:

    Hi Kenzo, You are very brave and we all wish you a speedy recovery..keep smiling
    Shweta , Glenealy Parent

  19. Janice says:

    God has not promised skies always blue; sun without rain; peace without pain. But God has promised strength for the day, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love. Take care & God Bless!

  20. Holly Mulvahill says:

    Hi Kenzo, you are so brave and I hope all ends well for you
    from holly x

  21. South Island School Night fest is selling some bracelets for Kenzo. Please come if you can. It is on Friday 30th 4 o’clock to 10 o’clock.

  22. Hailr says:

    Good Luck Kenzo

  23. Black Women says:

    I love it when individuals come together and share views.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  24. Tanisha says:

    Hi Kenzo I’m Tanisha Saha I’m in y3 in glenealy school I hope you get better soon

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