Keith was born September 20, 1978, in Overland Park, KS. From the time he could walk, Keith had a ball in his possession to either kick, throw or shoot hoops. He was a 1997 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest and attended Kansas State University, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Management Information Systems. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Following graduation, Keith began adult life in Dallas, Texas. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2002, he underwent two surgeries in Dallas and felt the need to return to Kansas City to have the love and support of family and friends.
Upon his return in August 2003, he worked as a salesman for New Horizons Learning Center.
Keith endured two more surgeries, seizures, strokes, chemotherapy, radiation, blood clots and bleeding on the brain with such grace, courage, strength and dignity that he amazed all around him.
In December 2005, Keith started treatments with Dr. Mark Gilbert at M.D. Anderson, Houston. Visits were made every six weeks until February 2007 when the tumors became resistant to the treatment.
By June 2006, Keith was no longer able to work and concentrated on treatments and physical therapy to continue his battle against cancer. With all the setbacks and struggles, Keith continued to fight.
In the last year, Keith was unable to walk, but he is now fully whole again with the Lord. Cancer may have destroyed his brain but never destroyed his heart!
In the last four weeks Keith was bedridden at his parents’ home where he was surrounded by family and friends so that he was never alone.
Keith not only enjoyed sports and life, but also will be remembered for his humor, quick wit and ability to energize a room full of people in any situation.