LOCAL NEWS

Special Concert Raising Money For Identical Twins With Cancer

Dec 4, 2020, 10:34 PM | Updated: Dec 7, 2020, 10:02 am

Kate and Ellie. (Photo courtesy Nate Burt)...

Kate and Ellie. (Photo courtesy Nate Burt)

(Photo courtesy Nate Burt)

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – While holiday concerts will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact from one event will be greater than one Utah family ever expected.

There’s a special bond between identical twins.

Kate and Ellie, both 3 years old, share everything.

“Team twinkles,” said their father, Marcus, with a smile.

It will make it that much sweeter when they both share stories of how they beat cancer.

“We had a few little rough moments,” said their mother, Megan. “There’s been some harder phases that they went through, and they were definitely hard. But overall, they are doing really well.”

Kate got it first in October 2019. Then, this past March, Ellie was diagnosed with it.

Her parents, who didn’t want their last names to be known, said Ellie just had to have what her sister had.

“They love to be identical,” said Marcus with a laugh.

Having cancer is tough enough. But having it during the COVID-19 pandemic — the family took their other three children out of school and went into isolation.

“Having two little girls that don’t have an immune system and trying to figure out how that works and that’s still a crazy part right now,” said Marcus.

Even crazier is when they got a call from a school their children don’t go to, from people they don’t even know, wanting to help.

“It’s kind of a learning process to be able to accept other people’s help. You want to feel self-sufficient,” said Marcus.

However, Jana Monson, who runs Creative Arts Academy in Bountiful, said helping a family in need is something her school does every holiday season.

So, when she heard about these twins, she knew which family her students were going to help this year.

“Our goal and our mission here is to have the kids use their talents to give back to the community,” said Monson. “Their story just touched our hearts to have two children with cancer.”

The school is hosting a fundraising virtual concert with its students.

They’re even doing a silent auction where every penny raised will help Kate and Ellie with their leukemia treatments.

“It’s amazing and it’s a blessing to see how many people have come together to help us,” said Megan. “We can’t thank them enough.”

It’s a reminder that people care. And twins, together, can beat anything.

“We try to find the good. Because there’s always good if you’re looking for it,” said Megan.

The family said chemotherapy treatments will continue for two years. They’ll have a better answer to how their children are doing in 2022.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

desert lands with a long line of cars waiting on a closed road...

Mary Culbertson

San Juan County crash kills motorcyclist on US 191

A motorcyclist was killed after colliding with the side of a pickup truck in Moab.

32 minutes ago

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Eliza Pace

Jury asks judge about missing instruction on murder charge for Chad Daybell

There was some confusion the Ada County Courthouse this morning when the jury in the murder trial of Chad Daybell noticed critical instructions were missing. 

40 minutes ago

(Stuart Johnson, KSL TV)...

Josh Ellis

Pickup truck crashes into Provo duplex

Police are asking drivers to avoid the area of 900 East and 200 North in Provo after a truck crashed into a home Thursday morning.

2 hours ago

...

Kyle Ireland

Miller Sports + Entertainment releases renderings for Daybreak field ballpark

Miller Sports + Entertainment unveiled renderings for the new home of the Salt Lake Bees in South Jordan, Daybreak Field.

4 hours ago

(Janna-Lee Holland, Provo Police Department)...

Josh Ellis

Man injured after SUV crashes into Provo car dealership

A 28-year-old man was seriously injured after police say he crashed his SUV into the lot of a car dealership in north Provo.

6 hours ago

Police vehicles at the scene where a teenager was killed in a Mountain View Corridor crash after ru...

Josh Ellis and Mary Culbertson, KSL TV

Teen dead in Mountain View Corridor crash after running red light, police say

A teenager was killed in a crash on Mountain View Corridor early Thursday morning after running a red light, police say.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Special Concert Raising Money For Identical Twins With Cancer