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Nathaniel Finley

November 24, 2017

Burial Date: November 30, 2017

Linnemann Funeral Home Erlanger
30 Commonwealth Avenue
ERLANGER, KY 41018
Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

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Nathaniel “Kayne” Finley, 18, of Ormond Beach, Fla. went to his forever home on the morning of November 24, 2017, just one year after learning he had DIPG-Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer.

Born to Curtis Lee and Kirsten Darlene Finley, Kayne grew up in Union, Ky., moving to Florida in 2013. Swimming has always been part of Kayne’s life. He was a member of USA Swimming through Northern Kentucky Clippers and Daytona Beach Speed swimming clubs. He swam for one year with Ryle High School and as an alumnae of Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange, Fla., Kayne swam and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity while beginning a national, public charity, called Cannonballs for Kayne Foundation, at the age of 17, with a mission to raise awareness and fund research for a DIPG cure, while also assisting families afflicted with this terrible disease and other forms of brain cancer.

Enrolled as a college freshman and Assistant Swimming Manager at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, Kayne was pursuing an Animal Sciences bachelor’s degree in the College of Agriculture with aspirations of becoming a DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine).

Kayne is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jacalynn Leigh Ransom, and paternal grandfather, Curtis Dean Finley. Kayne will be dearly missed by his devoted father, mother and brother, Nicholas “Keagan” Finley, along with maternal grandparents, William (Lila) Ransom, of Union, Ky. and paternal grandparents, Gary (Doris) Witt, Lisa Finley and aunts Amy Finley and Kara Andrews of London, Ky., aunts and uncles: William (Michele) Yazell, Marc (Ashley) Richardson and Eric (Lori) Phillips also of Union.

Visitation for Kayne will be held on Thursday, November 30, 3-6 pm, Memorial Service from 6-7 pm at Linnemann’s Funeral Homes, 30 Commonwealth Avenue, Erlanger, Ky. Reception immediately following Memorial Service at Christ’s Chapel, 3819 Turfway Road, Erlanger, Ky. A Celebration of Life service will be planned in Florida after the new year. Honor Kayne by wearing your purple and gold for LSU and gold and gray for pediatric brain cancer with splashes of light blue/turquoise to symbolize the water and his love for swimming.