Wings of Hope for David Gagnon - Cancer

$6,058 of $75k goal

Raised by 56 people in 28 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 156
21 days ago

#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
1 month ago

#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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Update 154
2 months ago

#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE July 17, 2016 – Hello Our Friends and Family: Another 2 weeks has passed and so far the standard chemo of Cisplatin & 5FU are tolerable for David. This past week was a really good week and David is up to 178 lbs. Slowly but surely he is gaining back some weight, even his energy level was good this week. Tomorrow, Monday is Chemo day he will get Cisplatin and then be hooked up to the 5FU chemo infusion pump for 3 days. I am hoping and praying we can keep the nausea, vomiting and mucositis (mouth sores) under control with all the new medications David has… Some of the new meds are not covered by insurance so I want to thank those of you that have made a donation or bought a t-shirt to support David. As this has been helpful in paying for these very expensive prescriptions.

As some of you are aware we are at the Riverdale Campground for a month. This way we are closer to the Drs office and this truly is a great healing atmosphere for David. No matter how sick he is, he can get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Plus we actually have a bed here to sleep in, so it is much more comfortable. It’s also great to have 1 floor living in the RV. At home when David is really sick it is extremely hard to get him upstairs to the bathroom for showers. We are so fortunate to still have the RV as another place to live for a while. We can’t really travel out of state as David gets too sick very easily plus the RV needs brakes and well I’m not driving it without brakes lol. Always something, never a dull moment in our life.

I know some of you have asked me to give more updates, it very difficult to write to you everything we are going through. Between my body living with pain and depression and David, his Cancer and living life without a stomach, I don’t want to sound like I’m always complaining or asking for donations. That’s why I felt it better just to stick with 2 week updates. I know it’s not informative for you but I really don’t want to talk about the craziness that we are living in. Everyone has their own problems to deal with and so many of our friends and family are also going through the cancer life. This is not how we planned our life to be but we are surviving through these tough times as best we can. I prayed so hard that David would stay cancer free after they cut out his stomach but the Drs continually advised us, this is an aggressive cancer it can come back at any time. In our case it was never really gone, the cancer was swimming around in David’s blood and decided to rest itself inside those lymph nodes. At this point all we can do is pray that the chemo works to kill the cancer cells and put him into remission.

July 26th David will have another CT scan to see if the standard chemo is working to kill the cancer cells as good as the clinical trial was. As always, we ask to Please continue to share our story either thru our gofundme or facebook site. We are still in need of funds to continue to buy the new medications. Always know that any money collected from shirts or donation goes for David healthcare and financial needs as well as for items such as the food supplements, vitamin supplements, and medicines not covered by insurance, etc. At some point we also hope to save some of the funds to get David a much needed new recliner to sleep in or an actual real bed for the house that reclines upward.

Since there is still no fundraiser in place yet, please consider buying a T-Shirt or two. You can always purchase them at http://www.ebay.com/sch/dracingteam/m.html or just send me a quick email me. We also still have some silicone bracelets and window decals available. This way you’re not just supporting David but every time you where that shirt you are showing your support for David in his Fight Against Cancer.

As always thank you 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 Relaxing 07-17-16 at Riverdale
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2 months ago

#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE July 4, 2016 – Hello Our Friends and Family: Hope all of you are having a very Enjoyable and Safe 4th of July (Independence) Day weekend!!! So another 2 weeks or so has passed since our last update. For those of you that are not aware David was kicked off of the Clinical Trial. Even though it seemed to have been working to kill the cancer cells; it was also killing David. Therefore, we have opted for him to just have standard chemo (Cisplatin & 5FU at a lower dosage). Also since he is off the clinical trial, Dr Lim allowed for David to take an extra week off from chemo to build up his strength and gain some weight.

David started standard Chemo treatment this past Monday, June 27th and from this date he will get chemo every 3 weeks. Both of the doses were cut so that he can live a more normal life but in all honesty it is very hard to live a normal life on any chemo regimen or dosage. He still suffered through a difficult week of nausea, vomiting and all the junk that goes with chemo along with me giving him the hydration bag with vitamins on a daily basis. The nurses come to the house to check up on him, so nothing has really changed other than the mouth sores seems to be less which is so good as it has been a bit better for eating. Which has made it easier for David to keep in the calories. We are hoping he continues to gain some weight back. Scale is looming around 176 lbs, we hope we can get him back to the 190s again.

I also think some of the new medicines that he is taking are helping greatly with nausea, pain & eating. I know he says I’m dreaming but I’m just extremely hopefully in all that we do. I am fighting for him to get through this tough stage in our lives so we can do some things we love. We stay at friends or his aunts on the weekend, this helps in so many ways and keeps him pushing himself to do things. Well I don’t want to depress your Holiday weekend, so I’m keeping the faith and hope that things for us will continue to get better even if it’s slowly. Doctors and nurses always say a steady pace wins the race.

At this point some of the new meds are NOT covered by insurance so we ask you to Please continue to share our story either thru our gofundme or facebook site. We are in desperate need of some funds to buy the new meds and remind people that 100% collected goes for David healthcare and financial needs as well as for items such as the food supplements, vitamin supplements, and medicines not covered by insurance, etc. We also still really need to get David a new recliner to sleep in or an actual real bed that reclines upward.

Since there is no car show fundraiser in place, please also consider buying a T-Shirt. They can be purchased at http://www.ebay.com/sch/dracingteam/m.html or just send me a quick email me. We also have silicone bracelets and window decals available. This way you’re not just supporting David but showing you support for David in his Fight Against Cancer.

Blessed Be to everyone that continues to pray or think about David to fight to get healthy and stay strong, thank you! {HUGS} Always hold your families tight and Enjoy every moment you can…
Dave Enjoying Camp Fire at Donny's Home
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$6,058 of $75k goal

Raised by 56 people in 28 months
Created May 22, 2014
Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte  
SF
$25
Steve Fromsaac
2 months ago

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

RM
$500
Rick Moroso
4 months ago

Fuck Cancer!

LG
$50
Lisa-Marie Gagnon
8 months ago

GOOD LUCK!!!

JW
$50
Jeremy Witt
14 months ago
LR
$25
Linda Roeser
17 months ago
$100
Lucie Choquette
20 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
20 months ago

Much health David!!!

JS
$50
John Siedlarz
20 months ago

Prayers really work if you have true faith.

KL
$100
Karene Larocque
21 months ago
JJ
$20
Jimmy-Lee Jones
21 months ago
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