About this fundraiser

My name is Christopher, and I am the only son of John Keith Calvin. If you haven't heard that name before, Google his name, and KCK and read his back story. He was stripped from my life when I was just 2 and a half, almost 3 years old, for a crime he didn't commit. After nearly 20 years of fighting for his freedom, and proof of his innocence, he lost his battle to stage 4 terminal cancer, while still confined in the El Dorado Correctional Facility. He was just approximately a month away from his parole hearing, and 2 months away from his freedom. Even after the News of his cancer, we were all very hopeful that he would continue to fight, and once he was out, we'd get him the proper treatment for his cancer.

Unfortunately, due to the refusal of the medical staff, we weren't able to get him the proper nutrition, in order to maintain his health until that day came. Upon requesting the compassionate care act, and being denied, other attempts were made to just have him released to a facility for proper care and treatment to begin. That too was denied by a Judge overseeing that appeal.

I'm saddened by the fact that Roger Golubski (the detective responsible for the wrongful conviction of my father, and death of my Aunt Rose Calvin), whom is under several federal indictments for his corruption and criminal misconduct while working on the police force in Wyandotte County, is allowed to remain confined in his home in order to receive treatment for his renal failure, but my father suffered a horrible death.

That being said, my father deserves to be put to rest properly, and we're asking for some compassion from our friends, family, and community, to meet this goal, and lay his body to rest. 

Imagine living your life for 20 years in a prison cell, knowing you are innocent, standing firmly on your Faith, and trusting God to set you free. Imagine 20 years of knowing your kids have all grown up, and began having children of their own, and never having an opportunity to be any part of any of those huge life changing events in their lives, but not being able to do anything about it. Imagine already defeating cancer once while being incarcerated for another man's crime, and then finding out it had returned with greater force, where you've been told there's no treatment available. Hard to stomach, right? Now, imagine in your final days, you're still being kept inside those prison walls to die, not with your children, your grandchildren or any other loving family members, just prison guards, prison medical staff, and other inmates serving as your hospice team. 

Not only does this make me sick because I lost my Dad to a system that was completely corrupt and unjust, but because I am now a father of 3 beautiful little girls, and I couldn't imagine 1 day inside a prison cell for a crime I knew I had not committed. I couldn't imagine the feelings he must have had, knowing his absence in our lives was devastating to us just as much as it was to him. We shared dreams and desires for our future together as we were originally planning for his release date to come soon, but then were hit with the cancer issue in November 2022, which progressively moved so rapidly, that he lost over 70 pounds in a month, and eventually lost his battle January 25th, 2023, at approximately 4:03am. 

I know times are hard, and families are struggling financially, but every bit counts, whether it's a large donation, a small donation, sharing this for others to make contributions, or just assisting with other aspects, it's all received with great appreciation, and we know God can meet this need as we continue to pray for his hand in assisting our family. 

If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please feel free to reach out, and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner.

Thank you all for your love and support to the Calvin family as we continue to grieve this loss. And your prayers are welcomed with graditude.


Organized by

Christopher McCowan

Kansas City, KS, USA