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T-Cell Lymphoma

Facing Mortality at 8 years Old – My Son’s Cancer Battle

During Treatment 18 Months Ago
Noah in the middle of Cancer Treaments


Imagine being told you’ve got a mass in your chest, stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell Lymphoma.  The Doctor believes the cancer’s treatable, but you face two years of chemotherapy, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, and multiple hospital stays…Oh, and you’re 8 years old.

That was my son in 2011.

Can you spare $5?  Let me explain why I ask.

On April 11th, 2011, our lives changed forever.

While traveling to a dentist appointment, my eldest son, Noah, complained of arm and chest pain.  My wife’s motherly intuition kicked in and detoured to an urgent care facility.  After several hours of testing, the on-call doctor discovered a mass in my son’s chest, pressing against his heart and trachea.  By nightfall, a Life Flight crew transported my son to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, a three-and-a-half hour drive from home.

To make a long story short, my son has now been in remission for almost 3 years.  Though St. Louis Children’s administered the bulk of his care, Noah also received a portion of his chemo through a local St. Jude satellite clinic much closer to home.  We believe in the mission and work of St. Jude.  And that’s why we walk!

In November of 2011, one of the teen girls at the church I serve, rallied a team of walkers for a local St. Jude fundraising event.  When she asked permission to name the group “Noah’s Hope,” a lump formed in my throat and I fought back tears.  Of course I consented.  On September 26, 2015, we walk again, this being the 4th anniversary of “Noah’s Hope” participating in the St. Jude Walk and raising funds for St. Jude.

Over the last 4 years, my family has learned much about childhood cancer, and we definitely consider monetary contributions to St. Jude’s a wonderful cause.  So, would you consider sponsoring my family and I on this walk?  Our walk day is rapidly approaching!  Every dollar raised helps St. Jude’s care for a child battling cancer.  If you will help me raise funds for this 5k Walk, please click on this link:  Noah’s Hope

So why do I ask for $5?  Online donations to St. Jude won’t accept anything smaller than a 5 spot.  So, here’s my challenge.  Give up one value meal this month or a Grande Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks and donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s.  I’m raising money for children battling cancer.  I’m raising money in honor of my son.  Click on the Noah’s Hope link above and make a difference!

Can you spare $5?

Noah today.




Can You Spare $5?

In 3 months, I’m walking with team “Noah’s Hope” for St. Jude.  And yes, I’m looking for sponsors.

In April of 2011, my son Noah was diagnosed with Stage Three T-Cell Lymphoma.  After two years of treatment, my son’s cancer free and for the second time since his diagnosis, he’s walking with the team bearing his name.  If our team raises the most money for our region, “Noah’s Hope” leads all of the other teams from the starting line.  And this year, this means leading around Springfield Cardinal’s Hammons Field.  Yes, yes….All teams raising funds are winners, but, it’s also a ministry opportunity for our team.  This year “Noah’s Hope” t-shirts will not only say “The Cancer Wars” (in honor of Noah’s love for “Star Wars”) but it will also share a truly meaningful verse: “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”  And THAT is “Noah’s Hope.”  Jesus.

Today, Noah’s in remission, and has been for almost 18 months.  But many other kids are currently fighting a battle that impacts the entire family.  Alleviating financial responsibility on the household affords families the opportunity to focus on Cancer…a big enough stressor on its own.

Last year I raised a little over $900. and this year I’m setting my sights higher.  I’d love to personally raise at least $1,000.  If you’d consider a $5 donation…all of you, Noah’s Hope would easily raise the most funds and I’d break last year’s personal fundraising mark.  More importantly, kids win.

Kids like my son, Noah.

So, will you open up your wallets and pocketbooks?  Will your forego that morning coffee or a daily trip to the vending machines?  Will you give up a fast food value meal to help kids with cancer?  Here’s the link:

So, can you?  Can You Spare $5?

My Son’s a Cancer Survivor

April of 2011 rattled the very foundation of our world.  A day that started out as a trip to the dentist, ended in a Life Flight to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.   An urgent care doctor found a mass in my 8 year old son’s chest, pressing up against an airway and pushing near his heart.

Two and a half years later he’s in remission and in 10 days we’re walking for other kids who battle varying types of cancer.  Would you be willing to donate at least $5?  Our team, “Noah’s Hope” (named after my son) currently sits in 2nd place in fundraising for the region in which we live.  If our team overtakes the team now holding first, our team starts out the race.  My son will serve as “grand marshal” of sorts.  And the great news is that our shirts this year broadcast the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Will you spare $5 to help our team and even more importantly help kids with cancer?

Here’s the link:

Click on “Support Bryan” and thanks in advance!

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