10-year-old Columbus boy finishes radiation, rejoins CES classmates

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Photo courtesy of the Gairrett Family

Paul, Kolemen and Lindy Gairrett took in a Denver Broncos football game recently during Kolemen’s treatment.

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Kolemen with his classmates at the Columbus Elementary School

He’s home.

Columbus fifth-grader Kolemen Gairrett has knocked down the first part of treatment for a recurring brain tumor, completing seven weeks of radiation last week in Colorado, and is now back home in Columbus.

“Today was the last day of radiation for Kolemen!! He has been a champ through all of this! We still have a long road ahead of us but on to the next step. We really want to say thank you to all of you for the support!” wrote his mom, Lindy Gairrett on the Kolemen’s Courage Facebook page Tuesday, Dec.


As of this week, Kolemen was back at school and will get to play Upward basketball, as well as spring baseball.

“He was so relieved to hear that good news,” said Lindy Gairrett this week.

Kolemen underwent surgery in September to remove a brain tumor. He will return to Colorado for a follow-up visit in January and then start the next phase of his treatment, which will involve once a week visits to the Billings Clinic.

Lindy said that Kolemen “has the best attitude and is staying really positive.”

Lindy and Paul Gairrett said the outpouring of support and love from the community during this difficult time has made a difference.

“We will never be able to express how thankful we are,” said Lindy. “As we drove through town on our way home, Kolemen just said how much he loves Columbus.”