Today Dan got the results from his CT Scan and an update on his treatment. I will let him tell you in his own words.
"The chemo is working very well. lymph nodes are stable, no tumor growths. CEA levels were down by half, which means the chemo is doing its shit. Bad news? 3 more months of chemo. Can't quit while its kicking ass. Overall, I'm not happy, but I'm not upset either. The news is quite good."
Dan has been fighting colorectal cancer for the past year. After many months of chemotherapy and radiation, and a difficult surgery to remove a portion of his colon, he thought he was finally cancer-free. That didn’t last long. In October 2012 he found out the cancer had metastasized to his lungs. Now, he faces more treatments, and a very uncertain future. While most (not all) of his medical care is covered by Provincial Health, his day-to-day living costs are not. There is very little in the way of financial support for students of his age (33) who are fighting cancer. Dan’s focus and energy needs to be on fighting the cancer and healing his body. His friends and family feel that it is ridiculous for him to waste that energy worrying about money. We have started this online fundraising site with the goal of raising enough to cover Dan’s medical costs and daily living expenses. Our goal is to raise $10,000 over the next 6 months. Please see the How to Contribute page for information on how you can help out Dan.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The silent auction in St. Albert, along with some personal donations has brought as to a new total of $13500! Wow! When we set our goal only a few short weeks ago, we were pretty sure 10k was a realistic goal, but I don't think we ever entertained the idea that we would reach our goal this quickly. If you have not had a chance to donate yet, or you were planning on donating again in the new year, we will continue to keep all the Team Dan accounts open for business. We know that Dan and Bevin have already accrued debts from the last round of treatments and it would be great to help them out with those. It would be wonderful to have enough money for Dan and Bevin to treat themselves to a really nice holiday this upcoming spring or summer (when Dan is feeling better and Bevin has finished her exams). They truly deserve it! While we know that money doesn't cure cancer, we know that the love and good wishes behind the donations will help keep Dan's spirits up when he is suffering through the dark days of treatments. We hope he will feel that there is a whole team behind him, thinking about him everyday and truly wishing we could do more. Personally I am very proud to count myself as a member of Team Dan. This is hands down the most generous and caring team I have ever had the privilege to be on!
Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out to the fundraiser in St. Albert this past Friday. And a special thanks to all the individuals and businesses who donated silent auction items. We are very please to tell you that $5140 was raised!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Today is the silent auction hosted by Karina Tremblay (Dan's sister). There are 65+ items - something for everyone. If you are looking for a chrismtas gift or something for yourself I'm sure you'll find it...dvds for kids, pizza and a movie for the family, wine and dinner date night, beautiful framed art, tools, booze for the holiday season, cleaning products, spa gift cards, homemade items (scarves, etc), signed hockey memorabilia, week in a mexico home, Westjet flight for 2, etc! See the fundraiser page for more info.