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Nathaniel “Kayne” Finley


DIPG: November 2016 – November 2017

Forever Age: 18


While attending Louisiana State University and since his DIPG diagnosis in November 2016, Kayne spread awareness, educated others and raised money for DIPG research. He lived with DIPG for one year before going to his heavenly home on November 24, 2017.  Kayne was a kind, compassionate, funny, witty and mature young man that loved animals, especially dogs. Kayne continues to inspire thousands around the world through his writings and video-documentary.


Just two months after turning 17 and learning he had DIPG brain cancer, THE #cannonballsforKayne MOVEMENT initially began. The swimming community and others used the hashtag on social media as an inspiring and fun way for swimmers, friends and family to rally and cheer up Kayne. Kayne advocated in Florida, Kentucky and Louisiana with state governors and others.  The hashtag continues to be used today.


Kayne quickly established his foundation and began sharing his faith, raising support and awareness for DIPG on behalf of those who were unable to speak up for themselves. 


Outgoing and possessing the ability to talk to anyone of any age without hesitation or reserve, Kayne was a joy to be around with an easy-going nature.


He put “family first” and was a good friend.

Kayne's Facebook Page


Thank you for choosing to donate to the Cannonballs for Kayne Foundation.100% of this donation, after credit card processing fees, goes directly towards DIPG research and aiding families in financial distress.


Help us SKIP the FEES: If you would like to make a donation by mail, please send a check to Cannonballs for Kayne Foundation; P.O. Box 1738, Ormond Beach, FL 32175 and write the person’s name in the memo.


The family receives notification of all donations made to this honor fund.


Your gift honoring Kayne will MAKE WAVES for DIPG!


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