Summerside gym needs donations for three-year-old boy with cancerous brain tumors – The Journal Pioneer


A Summerside family are going through an unimaginable experience that has left them shaken to the core.

Matthew and Victoria Sara Kingyen grew concerned when their three-year-old son Camden woke to severe headaches, and one morning with vomiting, over a nine-day span before Christmas.

On Dec. 10 I decided to take Camden to see his family doctor, but her appointments were full for the day, so I took him to the emergency department in Summersides Prince County Hospital around 9 a.m., explained Victoria.

After an examination at the Prince County Hospital, it was decided Camden should have a CT Scan to hopefully rule out anything major.

But doctors had devasting news for the couple.

"Everyday we hope well wake up from this awful nightmare." - Victoria Sara Kingyen

We were told there was a mass cancerous tumour (Medulloblastoma) in his brain. A neurosurgeon at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax was notified and reviewed Camdens scan. They requested us to be at IWK as soon as possible, and we were transported by ambulance, arriving that evening at 6 p.m., she continued.

Camden had a 90-minute MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan at the IWK that revealed smaller tumors surrounding the large mass, including tumors all the way down his spine.

Brain surgery was required, and after chemotherapy.

His case is advanced and will require an aggressive treatment plan. We were all absolutely shocked at the news after the CT scan and then again after the MRI. Our life changed in an instant and now we are helping our beautiful baby boy fight for his life.

Everyday we hope well wake up from this awful nightmare. My husband Matt, owner of Advanced Builders Inc. in Summerside, will be travelling back and forth between P.E.I. and Halifax, and then to Toronto, while I stay with Camden at the hospitals, continued Victoria, who added Camdens older brother has been coping well so far from the separation.

Camden requires nine-weeks of chemotherapy treatment at the IWK, which started on Jan. 3.

After the treatment, if his body is responding, we will travel to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for an extra nine-weeks of what they call big chemotherapy.

During his first treatments at the IWK, Victoria and Camden will make two short trips to Toronto for stem cell harvesting. Stem cells will be harvested to essentially rescue his body from the chemotherapy as the doses increase.

Before Camden started chemotherapy, he had four surgeries over Christmas, said Victoria, who gave up work to take care of her son full-time.

Aaron Dawson, owner of Hustle Athletic Training Inc. in Summerside, is hosting a fundraiser called Push-ups for Cam to help support the family.

When I was at my former location, I was a personal trainer for Matt Kingyen, and his company called Advanced Builders Inc. did all the renovations of this gym and made Hustle what it is today. Victoria is also my bookkeeper here, Dawson explained his connection to the family.

I learned about their son a couple of weeks ago, and things have happened fairly quickly since then. It was a shock. I have three small kids of my own, they play with the Kingyen children, so it breaks your heart. I wanted to help the family in some way, he said.

Dawson is looking for pledges per push-up, which will take place at Hustle Athletic Training Inc.located at 465 Water Street in Summerside on Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.

You can pledge $1 per push-up, so if I end up doing 200 push-ups in the hour, you owe $200. Its totally up to you how much you pledge it could even be 1 cent, he said.

Hustle Athletic Training Inc. will collect pledge donations after the event that's open to the public and will be filmed live on the gyms Facebook page.

To learn more visit, or call Aaron Dawson on, 902-315-1950.

Pledge forms can be downloaded here.

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