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Mother, father and their 17 year-old son all diagnosed with different types of cancer


A husband, wife and their 17 year-old son have all been diagnosed with different types of cancer.

Kathy Desclef was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma first, around five years ago, with her husband Benoit being told he had an operable brain tumor this summer.

The couple, from Jacksonville in Florida, then faced further heartache in October when their 17 year-old son Luke was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He did not experience any symptoms, but told his mother he had found a lump in his neck, with a specialist doctor subsequently confirming the bad news.

Kathy said: ‘With Benoit, they’ve said roughly 12 years.

‘With Luke, he has a very good prognosis if he responds to treatment and we’ll know how well he responds next week when they do a PET scan (positron emission tomography).

‘For me, it’s hard to say because the variant I have is so rare they don’t have a lot of data on that.’

Benoit is a chef who is originally from France, and who moved to the US to experience the American dream.

He has now had to put his family’s restaurant, The Magnificat Cafe, on the market so he and his family can focus on treatment.

The Desclefs have also hired extra help, and have appealed for people to come and eat there to help support them in their time of need.

Kathy told WJXT she has been so floored by the triple-diagnosis that all she can do is rely on her Christian faith.

She explained: ‘We are set up for God to show up because it’s so over the top.’

A Supportful Page has been set up to help the Desclefs. To donate click here. 


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