We Can't Do This Without Your Help!
On Jan 1 of 2012, Cheryl and Nick were snowboarding. That was the first day Nick said he was having a 'weird' headache. Their daughter Kennedy turned 1 on Jan 11 and at her birthday party he was still complaining of the headaches. The HA continued and he saw some docs about it but because he wasn't having any neurological deficites, so no one thought anything of it. While at work on Feb 8, 2012 (about a month into the HAs) he had a focal seizure which then bought him an MRI the next day, February 9. He was home for about 20 minutes from that appt and they got a call to go back to the hospital. This is when they found out the bad news. He was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma- Malignant Brain Cancer.
He had two surgeries February 23 and 26. After the two week hospital stay and surgery recovery, he started his 6 weeks of radiation treatment that was completed in the beginning of May. He then did some rehab and returned to work in November of 2012 after a full recovery.
Nick had a recurrence in April of 2015 which was treated with gamma knife. Now this recurrence which has progressed in a multi-focal pattern including the thalamus and corpus collosum. He's been doing really well until this last image on January 19 2016. After speaking with the surgeons they had to face the hard truth that surgical resection is not an option anymore.
Nick is a doting father to Kennedy (6) and Caleb (3) and loving husband to Cheryl. If you know this family, I am sure you have been touched by them in some way- it’s impossible not to love them. This is just one thing I can to to honor them.
This has given me a new outlook on life and I want to give back. We are all guilty of thinking we are invincible... that things like this won't affect our inner circle. When they do, they hit hard. Very hard. This team is in honor of my dear friends.
I can't do this without your help! Please consider joining my team, or starting one of your own! Or, if you would rather support my efforts with a donation, you may do so by clicking on the "Donate" button.
Thanks in advance for your support!
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