Team Dalton

$11,906 of $20k goal

Raised by 114 people in 38 months
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Geri Edwards  STATESVILLE, NC
July 31, 2015
Gah!
Ok, where do I begin? Well, I spoke with Dr. O yesterday afternoon, so I knew yesterday that the cancer was back. What I didn't know was where or how many tumors. We went in today to see scans and talk about options. Scans showed us 3 tumors. 2 absolutely cancerous tumors the 3rd is questionable. The 2 for sure are on/in the outside of his left lung. Don't know if the third is an actual tumor or inflammation of the lymph node. Yep, I said lymph node. Can I tell you how much that made my head spin and cause a great deal of anxiety for me?? If you know me...and most of you do, you don't have to answer that question about my anxiety.
So options....1) operate or 2) clinical trials
1) pros & cons of operation: pros~gets the tumors out. cons~extremely long recovery, may not get negative margins, will have to repeat surgery in about 3 months. What??? Repeat in 3 months? Yep, bc Dalton's history has proven it will come back bc they can't rid him of the cancer cells. They are replicating and mutating so it's hard to put our thumb on it.
2) pros & cons of clinical trials: pros~almost immediate acceptance, promising results, of the 40 patients in the trials, 3 have been "cured", 40% have shown shrinkage of tumors. cons~out of state, not promised to get accepted into trial, side effects, travel expenses
So....what do we do? After hearing all the info and weighing the options, looks like we are going the route of clinical trials. Huge step I know, but with the question of Dalton's quality of life at stake, it make sense to go with the clinical trials. We want him to live his life to the fullest and not be held back by a disfigurement or disability. And if we went with surgery, that's exactly what will happen.
We have always wanted and respected Dalton's opinion on all of these surgeries and this time was no different. He is turning 18 in just over a month and will start making these decisions on his own (I know he will seek our advice but it's scary to turn the wheel/reigns over to him, since he is my baby). So today....he got to "drive" the train. He lead with great questions, had knowledge of what was being tossed around, even surprised us with his decision.
I'm so proud of him being being an almost adult in this journey. It's easy for us to to say fix it and not let him have a voice, but like I said we always got his input. And now I know he will continue to fight this battle and make the right decisions. Yes I know this is a book but there's so much to say.
Thank you all for your continued love and support.

April 15, 2015
Dalton had his 4th surgery today. This surgery was to remove a golf ball sized tumor on T7 vertebrae. We found the tumor on 4/14 and in true Levine's fashion (which we love) they were on top of this and moved quickly. The surgery was roughly 4 hours. The recovery is going to be much longer than previous surgeries. Medically speaking, this surgery/tumor was a spinal cord injury. It was pressing against his spinal cord and traumatized it. All other surgeries allowed us to go home in a week....this is going to be a longer stay. We are talking several weeks. He is being admitted into in-patient rehab. This is the best course of action for Dalton. It will help him regain the strength in his legs and back.
Please continue to pray for our Mighty Warrior.



January 11, 2015
most of you know Dalton is gearing up for his 3rd battle with cancer in 15 months. He goes in for surgery 1/13 to have his 4th & 5th rib plus a portion of his left lung removed. His doctors are being very aggressive with his treatment. They are aiming for a 2 cm of negative margins, to ensure they get all the disease. We are not sure if he will have radiation again, but can't rule that out. I will be staying with Dalton while he is in the hospital but his dad will have to travel to and from home every day, as he has to continue to work.
Please pray for his safe travels, success for Dalton's surgery, and a quick recovery. 
Many Blessings to all. 
XO - Geri

As most of you know, Dalton has had a bit of a set back. We found out yesterday that the cancer has spread. 
This whole journey with Dalton has been mind blowing and costly. We have not asked for monetary donations, just prayers. But now I am reaching out to the community to ask for help. Dalton will more than likely start receiving chemo and radiation. If you can and are willing, please consider donating to help with the cost of gas to and from Charlotte and some of the medical bills we will be facing in the near future.
Hi all, this ia Geri. I am Dalton's mom. Many have asked about Dalton's story. Well its listed below.
This site was created by a friend to help with the expenses of Dalton's surgery and follow up care. We wanted to spread the word, as so many people have inquired how to help financially.
On 9/27/13 Dalton was diagnosed with Liver Cancer. As with most childhood cancer, it was a complete surprise. Leading up to this diagnosis, the family had no indication that an ugly tumor was inside of Dalton.
He was placed on the donor list 10/4/13 and on 10/8/13 received a call that they had a donor liver for him.
The family has never asked for financial help, only prayers for Dalton. I recently found out that they have to travel to Charlotte, NC twice per week and each time they go, there is a $70 co-pay. That is an estimated $180 (including gas) per week the family has to pay. In additition to these weekly payments, Dalton has 12 medications and a very high deductible. As you can imagine, the costs for a transplant are extremely high. The insurance deductible is extremely high as well. I would like to help them raise at least the deductible so that is one thing they don't have to worry about.
Some of the Edwards' friends have come together to help raise money to help the family offset the weekly and monthly costs.
If you feel led to donate, No donation is too small. We would like to thank you in advance for your generosity.
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Update 15
Posted by Geri Edwards
16 months ago
July 31, 2015
Gah!
Ok, where do I begin? Well, I spoke with Dr. O yesterday afternoon, so I knew yesterday that the cancer was back. What I didn't know was where or how many tumors. We went in today to see scans and talk about options. Scans showed us 3 tumors. 2 absolutely cancerous tumors the 3rd is questionable. The 2 for sure are on/in the outside of his left lung. Don't know if third is an actual tumor or inflammation of the lymph node. Yep, I said lymph node. Can I tell you how much that made my head spin and cause a great deal of anxiety for me?? If you know me...and most of you do, you don't have to answer that question about my anxiety.
So options....1) operate or 2) clinical trials
1) pros & cons of operation: pros~gets the tumors out. cons~extremely long recovery, may not get negative margins, will have to repeat surgery in about 3 months. What??? Repeat in 3 months? Yep, bc Dalton's history has proven it will come back bc they can't rid him of the cancer cells. They are replicating and mutating so it's hard to put our thumb on it.
2) pros & cons of clinical trials: pros~almost immediate acceptance, promising results, of the 40 patients in the trials, 3 have been "cured", 40% have shown shrinkage of tumors. cons~out of state, not promised to get accepted into trial, side effects, travel expenses
So....what do we do? After hearing all the info and weighing the options, looks like we are going the route of clinical trials. Huge step I know, but with the question of Dalton's quality of life at stake, it make sense to go with the clinical trials. We want him to live his life to the fullest and not be held back by a disfigurement or disability. And if we went with surgery, that's exactly what will happen.
We have always wanted and respected Dalton's opinion on all of these surgeries and this time was no different. He is turning 18 in just over a month and will start making these decisions on his own (I know he will seek our advice but it's scary to turn the wheel/reigns over to him, since he is my baby). So today....he got to "drive" the train. He lead with great questions, had knowledge of what was being tossed around, even surprised us with his decision.
I'm so proud of him being being an almost adult in this journey. It's easy for us to to say fix it and not let him have a voice, but like I said we always got his input. And now I know he will continue to fight this battle and make the right decisions. Yes I know this is a book but there's so much to say.
So with all this new info, we increased the amount of this campaign to help with the travel expenses. We will have to travel to and from Atlanta, GA one to two times per week.
Thank you all for your continued love and support.
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Update 14
Posted by Geri Edwards
18 months ago
Dalton's surgery on 4/15/15 went well. He spent 4 weeks in the hospital (3 of those weeks were inpatient rehab). He has had to learn to walk again. He graduated from the program and is now home. He has continued his OT and PT at our local hospital, Iredell Memorial. Great staff at the outpatient rehab facility!!
He started radiation on Thursday. He is scheduled for 5 rounds.
We are so thankful and happy he is HOME!
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Update 13
Posted by Geri Edwards
19 months ago
April 15, 2015
Dalton had his 4th surgery today. This surgery was to remove a golf ball sized tumor on T7 vertebrae. We found the tumor on 4/14 and in true Levine's fashion (which we love) they were on top of this and moved quickly. The surgery was roughly 4 hours. The recovery is going to be much longer than previous surgeries. Medically speaking, this surgery/tumor was a spinal cord injury. It was pressing against his spinal cord and traumatized it. All other surgeries allowed us to go home in a week....this is going to be a longer stay. We are talking several weeks. He is being admitted into in-patient rehab. This is the best course of action for Dalton. It will help him regain the strength in his legs and back.
Please continue to pray for our Mighty Warrior.
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Update 12
Posted by Geri Edwards
23 months ago
Most of you know that Dalton is having surgery again on January 13th. The cancer spread to his rib....again. The doctors are going in to remove a couple ribs and a portion of his left lung. please keep him in prayer.
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$11,906 of $20k goal

Raised by 114 people in 38 months
Created October 20, 2013
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Mary Lehman
13 months ago

Thinking about Dalton and praying for his recovery.

$50
Michelline Howard
15 months ago (Monthly Donation)

Love you, Geri!

JF
$100
Jeremy Silinski & family
15 months ago

Continuing to pray for and wish the best for Dalton. Complete healing from treatment, followed by complete enjoyment of his freshman year of college are the requests in our fervent prayers!

LP
$100
Linda Purcell
16 months ago

We are following Dalton's struggles. We pray everyday for him. We are Syney Wall's grandparents from Iowa. We only have seen Dalton a few times but even before the cancer he touched our hearts. We know he is going to win this struggle.

WF
$500
Wall Family
16 months ago

Love you all. Keep fighting and never give up. HOPE is powerful.

$25
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Kellie Alves
16 months ago

We are all thinking about you guys!!!!! Blessings and prayers!

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