The True Meaning of Kick Butt KK - Kaisy Knott
Determined, strong, courageous, dynamic, and unstoppable are a few words to describe Kaisy Knott. She is not your typical 12 year old girl; about a year ago her life was flipped upside down. Kaisy was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer. Currently, Kaisy is going through treatment in Mexico and by the grace of God, it is working. She has beat all of the odds, and is continuing to strive every day. “I don’t care about the situation I am in, this isn’t going to stop me from doing anything,” Kaisy says.
Kaisy has a true passion for agriculture. She is currently involved in 4-H, and shows her beef cattle and hogs around the United States with her sisters, McKenzy, Aubry and Kelsy. “My oldest sister, McKenzy, got me started in showing and I am glad she did because I love the speed and adrenaline rush you get from walking into the show ring,” Kaisy says. When Kaisy walks into the ring, she catches everyone’s eye. She is so driven and determined to show at the best of her ability. “My favorite part about showing is being with all of my friends, it is so fun hanging out with them,” Kaisy says. During the entire week at the fair, you could see her going from camper to camper, barn to barn, hanging out with all of her friends.
This past week, Kaisy exhibited her beef cattle and hogs at the Great Frederick Fair. Her goals were to walk in the show ring on her own and do a little bit of winning; she did both of those. Kaisy exhibited the supreme champion gilt and champion performance gilt in the 4-H hog show, supreme bull in the open class beef show, and reserve grand champion bred and owned steer in the 4-H steer show. With all of these winnings, she walked those animals in on her own, exactly what she said she was going to do. “I was so surprised I won all of this,” says Kaisy. The highlight of Kaisy’s week at her county fair was when her oldest sister, McKenzy, came home from college to surprise her on steer show day. “I couldn’t miss Kaisy showing her steer. I love to watch her show,” says McKenzy.
Through Kaisy and her family’s entire journey, the amount of support from 4-H and the agriculture industry as a whole has been remarkable. Kaisy’s goal is to continue to fight and continue to do everything she has been doing. These goals are made possible because of the support she has gotten. “Our family couldn’t make it without the agriculture industry,” says Dave Knott, Kaisy’s dad.
During the Frederick Fair, the Frederick County 4-H program and agriculture community supported Kaisy in so many ways. “Kaisy is so full of spunk and I love her tell-it-like-it-is personality,” says Donielle Axline, the Frederick County 4-H Extension Educator. On the cake auction night, a star painted by Robin Sharer sold for $2,500.00 bought by Tri-State Home Services to benefit Kaisy. On the night of the Frederick County 4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Sale, Kaisy’s market hog sold for $37.00 a pound and her steer sold for $5.00 a pound bought by HEC Hydroseeding, owned by Steve Hawkins. During the goat sale, a 4-H member donated to goat to be sold on Kaisy’s behalf which sold for over $5,000. Many 4-Hers and businesses, added onto Kaisys market projects as well that night, over $7,000 to be exact. Travis Fields, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Steer, donated 20% of his proceeds to Kaisy Knott, totally at about $2,000.00. There was not a dry eye in the arena when Kaisy’s glittered up market hog and steer sold that night.
But, that is not all; the agriculture communities from all over have come together to raise money. At the Howard County Fair, Karson Fahey donated a percentage of his proceeds. At the Maryland State Fair, CJ and Kaylie Shelton, and Makenzie Ferguson donated some of their proceeds to Kaisy and just last week the IBRA handed Kaisy a $10,000 donation check. “We are blessed to have the support we have and the friendships we have made along the way,” says Melaney, Kaisy’s mother.
If you or someone you know would like to help and donate to Kaisy Knott, please visit: http://www.ppfinc.org/recipients/kaisy-knott/ .