The following is a story about Blake McKay; his life, his struggle, and his ultimate triumph.
Blake Harrison McKay was born April 1, 1983 in Alexandria, Louisiana by Sharon and Harry McKay. In 2001 Blake was a normal 18 year-old guy with everything going for him. He was trying to finish his final year of high school at Alexandria Senior High School, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was a proud member of the varsity baseball team and also was involved with various clubs/organizations at the school. Blake was the kind of guy that everyone just liked to be around, an individual who’s spirit exuded happiness and engaged others. He had a network of friends that were second to none and a family who loved and cherished him dearly. He touched the lives of many, was a leader of men, and was adored by those he met. A strong Christian, Blake was involved in the youth group at Calvary Baptist Church. He was set to go to Louisiana Tech in the fall and planned to major in business. As it is said, he had the world in the palm of his hands.
While approaching the end of his senior year of high school, Blake began having some unusual troubles. He couldn’t stay awake in class and also had issues focusing on the baseball field. Teachers fussed at him for sleeping, his baseball coach couldn’t understand why he suddenly couldn’t hit the baseball, and all of his friends were becoming increasingly aware that something was wrong with their friend. On his senior trip to Florida, Blake barely left the room and slept most of the week. This was the final straw. Blake and his family knew it was time to see the doctor.
Blake saw a neurologist and found out that he had a golf ball-sized brain tumor. The culprit causing Blake the drowsiness and vision problems had been discovered. The first action taken was surgery, a procedure aiming to remove the tumor. The doctors reported that it was a success. They had removed the majority of the tumor with the exception of a small portion without any brain damage.
Blake followed through with his plans to attend Louisiana Tech and had a few great months. Every report from the doctor showed that the remainder of the tumor was shrinking more and more. In early 2002, though, the reports were not as positive. The tumor had started to grow again. Blake had to move back home to Alexandria for more surgeries and treatments. Over the next 2 1/2 years, Blake battled back and forth with this awful condition. After several surgeries, trips to Houston and Shreveport, and multiple types of treatment, Blake lost his life on Earth to brain cancer on August 20, 2004.
Amazingly, Blake never lost sight of the big picture. Most individuals would direct anger at God for putting them in this situation, or ask “Why me?” This was not the case for Blake. While he had struggles seemingly insurmountable, Blake always stood strong with his faith in Christ, fighting this illness with his heavenly Father at his side. He was an inspiration to all of those around him and exuded determination, faith, and love. One of his final requests was that his family not lose faith in Christ because of this situation. His biggest concern as he battled death was his family, an unselfishness only exhibited in few when self-pity can resound. Blake knew what was waiting for him on the other side and he embraced it.
Blake’s life and battle truly gave us the inspiration to form an organization that looks for the children who are fighting for their life, just as Blake did, a few years ago. Whether we can provide an opportunity to escape the harsh reality for a few hours or a few weeks, The Blake McKay Fight for Life Foundation will seek to provide by whatever means necessary, moments of peace and happiness. With the help of God, friends, and family, Blake loved life to the very end. Please take this opportunity to be a part of something that will do the same for another beautiful child. Thank you for taking your time to read this and God Bless!