Kinder’s cancer now is in remission. But they know they are not done with the disease.
Every three months he goes in for blood tests and he receives a PET scan every six months.
There is no cure for mantle cell lymphoma. The disease usually reoccurs within three to six years, requiring another round of treatment and a possible stem-cell transplant.
Kinder knows he’s fortunate in his battle.
“I keep my motivation,” he said. “I know I’m not cured.”
His eyes look toward a nearby poster of the couple’s granddaughter, Grace Church, who is 8.
“I’m going to see her walk down the aisle at her wedding.”
Ava said the couple now sees their lives differently.
“Every little thing is not little anymore,” she said. “One day Grace was over here to go swimming, and I was going to take her to see ‘Brave’ in 3D and have dinner at Steak ’n Shake, and I told Rick and he said, ‘OK, I’m going with you.’ And I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Yes, the next time we have a chance to do it, I might not be able to go.’”
Kinder looked out a nearby window at birds and squirrels busy at backyard feeders.
“I have an appreciation of the everyday things,” Rick said. “Every day is a gift.”