Wings of Hope for David Gagnon - Cancer

$6,233 of $75k goal

Raised by 59 people in 34 months
Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte  BRANFORD, CT
"Wings of Hope for David Gagnon -
   Fighting Cancer Every Step of the Way"


Help us raise money to support David in his fight against Cancer & Life without a Stomach!

David was diagnosed with Stage III Gastric Cancer; Esophageal & Stomach Cancer called, "Mucinous Adenocarcinoma", Apr 9, 2014. His tumor was over 8cm located in the Esophagus & Stomach. He's being treated at Smilow Cancer Ctr, Yale New Haven Hospital. David’s 1st Chemo began May 12, 2014 for 9 weeks. David had a major & very difficult 11 hr surgery Sept 9, 2014 to remove 3/4 of his esophagus & total removal of his stomach (gastrectomy).

David was in ICU from Sept 9 to Oct 9, 2014 with many issues & complications from the surgery & chest tubes. He also wound up with pneumonia & a collapsed lung. He had another surgery on Sept 16, 2014 to repair his lung & was intubated (living on a ventilator for 18 days) from Sept 12 to Sept 29, 2014. On Oct 10, 2014 he was moved to the Smilow Bldg at Yale & had to undergo another surgery to install a stent in his esophagus to assist in repairing the esophageal leak into his chest.  David stayed in Smilow until Oct 23, 2014 then moved to Gaylord Rehab Ctr in Wallingford. He came home Nov 12, 2014 then had Surgery to remove the esophageal stent Dec 4, 2014. As of Dec 15, David was able to eat a clear liquid diet by mouth & completed clean up Chemo for another 9 wks that ended Feb 2015. His feeding tube was removed in late Jun 2015 as he can now eat very small meals.

In Mar 2016 we were advised the Cancer has returned in his lymph nodes, so now he is considered a stage 4 Cancer patient. David started a Clinical Trial of Chemo called, the Rainfall trial on May 5, 2016 and this will continue until he goes into remission again...

We created this group to support David in his time of need and to keep him positive and moving forward to heal. For all of those who know David, he is always someone you can count on. From his normal work related engine builds to tech calls, helping out at the race track or off to help build a friends’ shed or even helping out a neighbor stuck in the snow, you can always count on David to assist you.

David didn’t attend any fancy schools or even have the opportunity to finish High School; instead when his father passed from a heart attack at 41 yrs, David took the road to get a job to support his Mother & brother. Things were not easy especially when his brother (Daniel) was diagnosed with Cancer. David took the time to do what any brother would do & take care of whatever needed to be done for Daniel. After Daniel’s passing at 16 yrs old, he continued to support & assists his Mom with everything she needs.

Let’s all get together & heartlessly support David in his fight with Cancer as he has done for others. Wings of Hope for David Gagnon Race Against Cancer Fund will assist with any of David's home financial and medical needs, prescriptions, special food needs, proteins drinks, trips to doctors and their facilities outside of CT, basically whatever is needed to get him back on track, healthy & working again. Every bit helps. Many thanks for your generosity & support!

Fighting Cancer Every Step of the Way!!!

You can also donate directly, please make checks payable to:  “Dawn Siedlarz-Aponte”

Mail checks to:  Dawn Siedlarz-Aponte, 7-B Stonegate Circle, Branford, CT 06405

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

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Update 158
Posted by Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte
2 months ago
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#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE January 21, 2017 – Hello all of our friends & family, well WOW it’s been 3 months since I last updated you on David’s condition and he’s had these 3 months off of chemo which the doctor said would be risky but David received a well needed break to gain some weigh back before going back on chemo. As of right now, Dave had his CAT scan which showed that one of the lymph nodes may have died off from the chemo but the other 2 have started to slightly grow again because of being off the chemo. Therefore as we had all thought David will definitely being starting back up on chemo but we have been given some choices of some new drugs. David has not yet decided which one he wants to do just yet. As one will be a pretty similar routine of once every 3 weeks and the other one is a weekly chemo but at a low dose.

We still have the VNA nurses out on a regular basis to give David his Vitamin shots and check up and make sure he’s doing ok. Once he starts chemo again they come back on a weekly basis. David has been tried very hard to gain back some weight and is doing a great job. But just that fact that he has been more active since off chemo means that he’s been burning more calories to get some muscle back. I think he looks really great at his new 176 lbs but he really would like to gain another 5 to 10 lbs which is farfetched but at least a goal to look forward to.

He had wanted to take these couple of months off to relax and enjoy and do some traveling to see family but as some of you are aware this was kind of impossible due to some unforeseen circumstances, with family concerns and always the money thing… But again he was happy enough to at least take a drive up to Maine to his Uncles place called the “Hawks Nest”. We spent a very long Thanksgiving weekend there and were able to enjoy beautiful river views with some snow by the fire both inside and out doors.

At this point we are once again asking for some serious PRAYERS here… As David has some hard decisions to make on which chemos to move forward with and that some of these side effects of his condition heal up better. Life Without a Stomach is No Joke and Not Easy at all. Eating as you all know is very difficult at times and David used to enjoy his food and now food is eaten basically for survival. He does not want a feeding tube moving forward on chemo but if needs it I am going to chime in and give my opinion… I also want to give a huge shout out to our EC (Esophageal Cancer) site on Facebook, a couple of our cancer fighters and family there are re-promoting our Wings of Hope Site on GoFundMe and I noticed there was a very generous donation there for David. I can’t begin to thank them enough for standing by us, assisting and guiding us through this our Cancer Fight!

Please always continue to pray and think about David to heal and to share our story and know that any money collected from shirts sales or donations are used towards David’s healthcare financial needs as well as his special need food supplements, vitamin supplements, and medicines not covered by insurance, etc...

T-Shirt can always be purchased at http://www.ebay.com/sch/dracingteam/m.html or just send me a quick email me. We also have the periwinkle silicone bracelets and window decals available to purchase. Remember You’re not just supporting David but every time you where that shirt you are showing your support for his Fight Against Cancer.

Thank you always and Blessed Be to everyone that continues to pray or think about David to fight to get healthy and stay strong! {BIG HUGS} Always hold your families tight and Enjoy every moment you can… #Live, #Love, #Laugh, #LeaveaLegacy
David January 2017
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Update 157
Posted by Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte
5 months ago
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#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE October 24, 2016 – Ok so I know some of you are pretty mad at me for not updating in over a month and a half on David. We’ve been living at the RV Park in Clinton in order for David to be able to heal better after chemo. Chemo has been pretty much every 3 weeks. On this regular basis he gets Cisplatin on the first day along with connection to the 5FU chemo pump, upon leaving the Smilow clinic he is still connected to the 5FU infusion pump. He gets disconnected from that 5FU chemo pump 2 days later. This has been pretty much our new routine, nothing much has changed except in the summer Dr. Lim had allowed an extra week off on two separate occasions so that David could attend some of the races he wanted to so badly go to.

Routinely, we also have the VNA nurses out to visit to check on David and I hook him up to the vitamin hydration bags at home on a daily basis during his not so good week of chemo and the week after. As of right now the chemos have been doing their job and keeping the Cancer at bay. In the beginning during the clinical trial, the lymph nodes shrunk and the cancer stopped spreading and even now with these standard chemo the lymph nodes are good and everything is stable. At this point, you may not realize it but David has been on chemo continuously for the past six months.

And now we asking for some serious PRAYERS here… Dr. Lim has scheduled a CAT scan the week of November 7th and she said as long as this scan is still stable, David will be able to take 3 months off chemo and after that his next scan will be schedule for mid January 2017. This would be a serious blessing in our fight against cancer!!!

Please continue to pray and think about David to heal and to share our story and know that any money collected from shirts sales or donations are used towards David’s healthcare financial needs as well as his special need food supplements, vitamin supplements, and medicines not covered by insurance, etc. None of this money is every used for our personal items.

T-Shirt can always be purchased at http://www.ebay.com/sch/dracingteam/m.html or just send me a quick email me. We also have the periwinkle silicone bracelets and window decals available to purchase. This way you’re not just supporting David but every time you where that shirt you are showing your support for his Fight Against Cancer.

Thank you always and Blessed Be to everyone that continues to pray or think about David to fight to get healthy and stay strong! {BIG HUGS} Always hold your families tight and Enjoy every moment you can… #Live, #Love, #Laugh, #LeaveaLegacy
David October 2016
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Update 156
Posted by Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte
6 months ago
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#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE September 9, 2016 – Holy Cow! Can you believe today is 2 years since David had his entire stomach & 3/4 of his esophagus removed along with 40 lymph nodes… And 2 years of NOT Smoking!! It’s also been a month since I updated you; time just seems to fly by way too fast. A lot has gone on this past month, let’s start with the fun stuff… Dr. Lim allowed an extra week off of chemo last month which made it possible for David & I to attend the Yellow Bullet Nationals last week and the week prior we were able to go to the truck pullers event at the Washington County Fair. Many thanks to all the people that made it possible for us to attend these major events. Chemo lays Dave up for 8-10 days so just to have an extra week off made it capable for him to enjoy the fresh outdoors alongside smells of racing fuel and cow poop lol. We really had a lot of fun, even though this is much more tiring for him than most people could imagine. He managed to stay hydrated and ate the best he could.

Upon coming back home, the next day Tuesday 9/6 we had to get up extra early for David to get his normal Cisplatin and then hooked up to the 5FU pump. He was disconnected from the chemo pump yesterday 9/8. The new norm is to have the Neulasta shot on that same day to get his white count up along with a shot of Aloxi to help keep the nausea & vomiting away. To stay on top of things I already started the home hydration with vitamins to help keep the side effects down and his hydration up. The VNA nurse was here in the morning to check on David and she will be back on Tuesday to change his port needle. That has to be changed on a weekly basis when he is accessed (which means ready for the port to be used).

Weight wise he’s just not having any luck gaining any weight but he is maintaining a steady 172-175 weight, just depends whose scale he steps on. They also decided to do another CAT scan yesterday as well, I guess if we so choose, he will be allowed to have a CAT scan every 6 weeks if he wants. In all honesty CAT & PET scans just seem to stress us out and drain our much needed energy to keeping moving forward in life in a positive manner. We will discussed with Dr. Lim next week whether or not to keep that going or not. Plus we want to go over with her again the long term plan.

So far we are happy the chemo is working, I just want to know if David can take longer breaks off to try to heal and live a normal life style. Having chemo every 3 weeks truly effects how he can live and survive a normal life. Actually just being a Stage 4 Cancer Patient is hard enough and affects us both Emotionally & Physically. Things are tough but he is (we are) managing to get by and that’s ok… We wake every morning, smile and are able to hold each other’s hand. Just having the ability to be together every day is fine by me.

Please continue to share our story and know that any money collected from shirts or donations on the gofundme site are used towards David’s healthcare financial needs as well as for items such as the food supplements, vitamin supplements, and medicines not covered by insurance, etc. None of this money is every used for our personal items.

T-Shirt can always be purchased at http://www.ebay.com/sch/dracingteam/m.html or just send me a quick email me. We also have the periwinkle silicone bracelets and window decals available to purchase. This way you’re not just supporting David but every time you where that shirt you are showing your support for his Fight Against Cancer.

Thank you always and Blessed Be to everyone that continues to pray or think about David to fight to get healthy and stay strong! {BIG HUGS} Always hold your families tight and Enjoy every moment you can… #Live, #Love, #Laugh, #LeaveaLegacy
08-28-16 Dave & Dawn in NY
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Update 155
Posted by Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte
7 months ago
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#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE August 9, 2016 – Hello Our Friends and Family: Wow 20 days have passed since I updated you, guess I was more pre-occupied than I thought. David’s last PET scan was very good. It showed the lymph nodes are still shrinking and the cancer has stabilized. We had to wait extra long for results because Dr. Lim was on vacation. Funny we read results all the time and think we understand but the time the doctor goes on vacation and they just email result with no real explanation you can actual get really confused. Each lab tech writes things so much differently from the last. The last couple of CAT scans made comparisons to each other explaining the different sizes and shrinkage information. In this scan, they really didn’t compare information on the reports just referenced shrinkage and we couldn’t understand how much or what ones had actually shrunk. In the end still very good news, Dr Lim explained all 3 lymph nodes have actually slightly decreased and the scan showed cancer stabilization. LOL really what that mean, I’m still not sure because she said David still has to continue with the chemo.

So yesterday, Monday David has his normal Cisplatin and then hooked up to the 5FU pump, he will be disconnected from the chemo pump tomorrow and they will give him the Neulasta shot again to get his white count up. At that point tomorrow I will start the home hydration with vitamins in hopes to help keep the side effects down and his hydration up. I really was hoping for an extra week break on chemo so I could try to get some more weight on him but she said no. Because David wants to take an extra week off in order to try to get to Yellow Bullet this year. Yes no matter what race cars are always on his brain. I like it better when he thinks and talks about the cars because then he acts more like himself. Chemo takes a toll on his body and tires him out both mentally & physically. Since the chemo was just yesterday he will be down for 8 to 10 days depending upon the side effects. The new meds are actually helping a lot with the side effects but they are not covered by insurance so we have to really control how much he takes to make it last longer.

Please continue to share our page and know that any money collected from shirts or donations on the gofundme site or anywhere are used towards David’s healthcare financial needs as well as for items such as the food supplements, vitamin supplements, and medicines not covered by insurance, etc. None of this money is every used for our personal items.

T-Shirt can always be purchased at http://www.ebay.com/sch/dracingteam/m.html or just send me a quick email me. We also have the periwinkle silicone bracelets and window decals available to purchase. This way you’re not just supporting David but every time you where that shirt you are showing your support for his Fight Against Cancer.

Thank you always and Blessed Be to everyone that continues to pray or think about David to fight to get healthy and stay strong! {BIG HUGS} Always hold your families tight and Enjoy every moment you can… #Live, #Love, #Laugh, #LeaveaLegacy
08-06-16 New England Dragway
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$6,233 of $75k goal

Raised by 59 people in 34 months
Created May 22, 2014
Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte  
SG
$25
Sharon Gagnon
1 month ago
MD
$50
Marc DellaValle
2 months ago
EA
$100
Ellie Alterman
2 months ago
SF
$25
Steve Fromsaac
8 months ago

Keep up the good fight, David & Dawn, and may God Bless.

RM
$500
Rick Moroso
10 months ago

Fuck Cancer!

LG
$50
Lisa-Marie Gagnon
14 months ago

GOOD LUCK!!!

JW
$50
Jeremy Witt
20 months ago
LR
$25
Linda Roeser
23 months ago
$100
Lucie Choquette
26 months ago

Last butterfly lollipops in Québec are sold.... Hope it can help you a little.... Take care Dave... You are so strong... Xx

GT
$20
Grzegorz Siedlarz Tomas
26 months ago

Much health David!!!

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