Support the Essig's

$36,289 of $45k goal

Raised by 615 people in 6 months
Hoyt Burrass
on behalf of Dean Essig
 HOMER, IL
This Gofundme is for anyone who wishes to support Dean and Sara Essig as together they fight Sara's Pancreatic Cancer.  I know that they have friends scattered across the US that will be interested in helping make this time less burdensome for them.  The money will be used to help pay bills, medical expenses, and whatever else they need it for.  Funds will be deposited directly into an account in the Homer Bank.  I have known Dean and Sara for over 20 Years and they have welcomed me into their homes and lives numerous times...here's to fond memories of Homercons and more...please give what you are able.
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Update 3
Posted by James Daniels
6 days ago
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This is the latest update from Dean. Thanks to all who have given.

Thank you to everyone for your generous support and prayers. After two rounds of chemo (each three months), the surgeon feels it is worth it to try to surgically remove the tumor and do what is called a “Classic Whipple Procedure”. She goes for pre-op testing on April 24th.

The procedure will start as an exploratory surgery as he must determine if she really is in a status that will allow resection. If this observation gives a thumbs up, the procedure will take more than 8 hours and is complicated by the involvement of a small artery (which by extension involves the Traverse Colon…both will need to be removed) and the Mesenteric Vein (which will need to be reconstructed). Also contributing to the overall complication here is her right kidney, which is floating and in the way of the surgery. It need to be removed and we are not sure if it will be returned or left on the cutting room floor (as it was).

Post Op care will require 3 or so days in ICU and 8-10 total in the hospital. The risk of complications is very high.

I will keep you posted on how things turn out.
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Update 2
Posted by James Daniels
2 months ago
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This is the latest update from Dean. Thanks to all who have given.

Well, after three months of chemo we went for Sara's second surgical consult on Jan 11th. The tumor has shrunk quite a bit, but the 'fingers' of the thing still involve a major vein to a degree and location that still precluded resection. It's still within reach, though, and she has begun a second round of three months of chemo just now. She's fighting with the spirit we all know her for. The protocol the hospital uses for this allows for 6 months of chemo, tops, then they must re-evaluate the plan. We are all pulling for her to get the thumbs up when this 3 month spell is done.
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Update 1
Posted by James Daniels
6 months ago
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Over $20,000 for Dean and Sara! Thank you all!
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Dean Essig
3 months ago
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Well, after three months of chemo we went for Sara's second surgical consult on Jan 11th. The tumor has shrunk quite a bit, but the 'fingers' of the thing still involve a major vein to a degree and location that still precluded resection. It's still within reach, though, and she has begun a second round of three months of chemo just now. She's fighting with the spirit we all know her for. The protocol the hospital uses for this allows for 6 months of chemo, tops, then they must re-evaluate the plan. We are all pulling for her to get the thumbs up when this 3 month spell is done.

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Ric Van Dyke
6 months ago
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This is fantastic! The Essig's need our help and support. Way to go everyone!!

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Sara Essig
5 months ago

So, this is the first time I've stopped by. I was a little stunned when I heard y'all were doing this but it's a perfect example of what I love about humans. When it comes down to it, we're basically good and kind. I'm one of those stubborn types that thinks we should take care of ourselves but the truth is, this is going to be expensive and the help will ease my concerns so I can focus on getting rid of the little free-loader I've got hanging around! Now to the mushy part. I cannot tell you thank you enough. It's just not possible because my heart would burst in the effort and well, that would be counterproductive, eh? But I can tell you that many times each week and sometimes each day, I feel the thoughts, prayers, meditations and love that y'all are sending me. It is as if I'm surrounded by a mass of cotton that gently cushions me and carries me away from the hurt and fear. I can't say thank you enough for that either but I wish I could. I love you all and we will beat this thing! Sara

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Dean Essig
6 months ago

Thank you so very much everyone. The outpouring of support from so many friends has been humbling. We are getting braced from the unfolding storm. In answer to the questions: Yes, you can make a deposit directly into the bank in Homer, just tell Judy Lowe that you wan to make a deposit. For those wanting to go direct via PayPal, just make it to the address d.essig @ comcast.net

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Russell Rider
6 days ago

Best wishes, Sara and Dean. Hope the surgeon rolls three sixes on the surprise roll!

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Chris Gammon
2 months ago

I'm an optimist. I'll be praying for the 2nd round to make this operable.

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Dean Essig
4 months ago

Fingers crossed everyone... Sara finished the 3 months of neoadjuvant Chemotherapy. She had her follow-up PET scan today (no results in yet) and is looking at going to the surgeon for a consult in January to determine if she is now resectable.

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Jeremy Eagles
4 months ago

I saw this post on Games Plus website in Mount Prospect. I grew up in Homer, IL. My parents are Jerry and Cheryl Eagles, who moved to Thomasboro about 10 years ago. I never knew there were game designers in our little town! My mother lost a battle to CHF /Scleroderma last year and I wish you courage and hope. My opinion is that times of struggle are an opportunity to renew friendships, bond together, and recommit to making every moment count.

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John Kranz
6 months ago

Wishing you and Sara all the best, Dean. You are both in our thoughts every day.

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Michael Scopone
6 months ago

Well done, kind of restores your faith a little in humanity :)

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CB
Cesare Barbiano
6 months ago

I came here to donate, but discovered that without a creditcard I can´t. I really would have liked to give you and your family something back for all the joy your games allowed me to feel over the past years. If there is a way to donate by PayPal please let me now. I wish both of you strengh, hope and confidence in this time! I pray for you. Christian, from Germany

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Carl Gruber
6 months ago

Dean: There's nothing I can say that will help aside from saying you and Sara will be in my thoughts every day, that my best wishes are with you. We gamers owe you so much for your contributions to our hobby. Looking at how fast the donations are coming in, I can't help but think maybe it's a sign that things are going to improve. Hang in there.

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Alfreda Bear Hopper
6 months ago

Can I just go to the bank and make a deposit?

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SammyJayne Haigh
6 months ago

This beautiful couple have been so kind to me, a complete stranger. They gave me support in a time when I really needed it even though I had nothing to give in return and their kindness truly touched me. I so wish I could return it, all the way across the ocean. My love to you both ♥

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Joseph Youst
6 months ago

Dean, Thoughts and prayers for the both of you. I'll contribute something in the next month or so.

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$36,289 of $45k goal

Raised by 615 people in 6 months
Created October 5, 2016
Hoyt Burrass  
on behalf of Dean Essig
$50
Anonymous
2 days ago
KW
$50
Kevin Wong
4 days ago
DM
$50
David & Joyce Monigal
4 days ago

Our best to you, Sarah, and family. From Conor Monigal and parents (Grinnell Baseball '17). Our prayers are with you.

WM
$20
Walter MacEachern
5 days ago
DS
$25
Dave Schoepke
5 days ago
BM
$25
Brendgol Majewski
5 days ago

All the best, you are in my prayers.

TA
$25
Tim Armstrong
5 days ago
$100
Anonymous
5 days ago
$100
Anonymous
5 days ago
RE
$25
Robert Erdman
6 days ago

Thanks to Dean for the massive fun you've provided in my life. And to Sarah for packing all those Gamers' orders. Get better soon.

Dean Essig
3 months ago
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Well, after three months of chemo we went for Sara's second surgical consult on Jan 11th. The tumor has shrunk quite a bit, but the 'fingers' of the thing still involve a major vein to a degree and location that still precluded resection. It's still within reach, though, and she has begun a second round of three months of chemo just now. She's fighting with the spirit we all know her for. The protocol the hospital uses for this allows for 6 months of chemo, tops, then they must re-evaluate the plan. We are all pulling for her to get the thumbs up when this 3 month spell is done.

+ Read More
Ric Van Dyke
6 months ago
1
1

This is fantastic! The Essig's need our help and support. Way to go everyone!!

+ Read More
Sara Essig
5 months ago

So, this is the first time I've stopped by. I was a little stunned when I heard y'all were doing this but it's a perfect example of what I love about humans. When it comes down to it, we're basically good and kind. I'm one of those stubborn types that thinks we should take care of ourselves but the truth is, this is going to be expensive and the help will ease my concerns so I can focus on getting rid of the little free-loader I've got hanging around! Now to the mushy part. I cannot tell you thank you enough. It's just not possible because my heart would burst in the effort and well, that would be counterproductive, eh? But I can tell you that many times each week and sometimes each day, I feel the thoughts, prayers, meditations and love that y'all are sending me. It is as if I'm surrounded by a mass of cotton that gently cushions me and carries me away from the hurt and fear. I can't say thank you enough for that either but I wish I could. I love you all and we will beat this thing! Sara

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Dean Essig
6 months ago

Thank you so very much everyone. The outpouring of support from so many friends has been humbling. We are getting braced from the unfolding storm. In answer to the questions: Yes, you can make a deposit directly into the bank in Homer, just tell Judy Lowe that you wan to make a deposit. For those wanting to go direct via PayPal, just make it to the address d.essig @ comcast.net

+ Read More
Russell Rider
6 days ago

Best wishes, Sara and Dean. Hope the surgeon rolls three sixes on the surprise roll!

+ Read More
Chris Gammon
2 months ago

I'm an optimist. I'll be praying for the 2nd round to make this operable.

+ Read More
Dean Essig
4 months ago

Fingers crossed everyone... Sara finished the 3 months of neoadjuvant Chemotherapy. She had her follow-up PET scan today (no results in yet) and is looking at going to the surgeon for a consult in January to determine if she is now resectable.

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Jeremy Eagles
4 months ago

I saw this post on Games Plus website in Mount Prospect. I grew up in Homer, IL. My parents are Jerry and Cheryl Eagles, who moved to Thomasboro about 10 years ago. I never knew there were game designers in our little town! My mother lost a battle to CHF /Scleroderma last year and I wish you courage and hope. My opinion is that times of struggle are an opportunity to renew friendships, bond together, and recommit to making every moment count.

+ Read More
John Kranz
6 months ago

Wishing you and Sara all the best, Dean. You are both in our thoughts every day.

+ Read More
Michael Scopone
6 months ago

Well done, kind of restores your faith a little in humanity :)

+ Read More
CB
Cesare Barbiano
6 months ago

I came here to donate, but discovered that without a creditcard I can´t. I really would have liked to give you and your family something back for all the joy your games allowed me to feel over the past years. If there is a way to donate by PayPal please let me now. I wish both of you strengh, hope and confidence in this time! I pray for you. Christian, from Germany

+ Read More
Carl Gruber
6 months ago

Dean: There's nothing I can say that will help aside from saying you and Sara will be in my thoughts every day, that my best wishes are with you. We gamers owe you so much for your contributions to our hobby. Looking at how fast the donations are coming in, I can't help but think maybe it's a sign that things are going to improve. Hang in there.

+ Read More
Alfreda Bear Hopper
6 months ago

Can I just go to the bank and make a deposit?

+ Read More
SammyJayne Haigh
6 months ago

This beautiful couple have been so kind to me, a complete stranger. They gave me support in a time when I really needed it even though I had nothing to give in return and their kindness truly touched me. I so wish I could return it, all the way across the ocean. My love to you both ♥

+ Read More
Joseph Youst
6 months ago

Dean, Thoughts and prayers for the both of you. I'll contribute something in the next month or so.

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