Wings of Hope for David Gagnon - Cancer

$6,058 of $75k goal

Raised by 56 people in 26 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 154
11 days 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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Update 153
24 days 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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Update 152
1 month ago
#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE June 19, 2016 – Hello Our Friends and Family: Sorry I haven’t updated you, it’s been another rough 2 weeks, too much too explain as to all that has been going on. David was down to 171 lbs and was having a lot more issues with mouth sores and not being able to eat so I had to give him a hydration bag with vitamins every night. Also the way the study protocol is written and with the way David is feeling the doctor decided it is in David’s best interest to hold off a week of chemo. This way he can try to gain some weight back before the next chemo round starts this Friday. So far he is doing well and the scale is definitely going up. Today for Father’s Day we our getting in some much needed calories and protein. David’s hair was also starting to fall out so we recently gave him a much needed summer shaved head. Since doing that his hair seems to just be thinning and no longer coming out in clumps, yeah because that within itself can be very stressful…

One thing we are definitely excited about is that the study protocol required a CAT scan and we are happy to say that the chemo is working to shrink the lymph nodes so the treatment is working to get rid of the cancer but it’s also taking a toll on David’s body. These chemo’s are pure poison in your system, they are causing much stress with the amount of nausea, vomiting and reflux along with these horrid mouth sores. The doctor even did a 25% reduction of the 5FU and it was still a really bad last session. This next third round she said she will do another 25% reduction but will do it on the Cisplatin this time. The clinical trial drug Ramucirumad does not seem to be giving David any major side effects which is good. The horrible thing is that these standard chemos are a major problem right now, so even if David stops the clinical trial he is still stuck with these two drugs that are killing him.

I tell you there is just no happy medium in our lives. Dave and I would like to work and move forward in our lives and everything we do is currently a struggle. Between his stresses and cancer and my stresses and living in pain, nothing is easy. There’s so many things I wish we could do, but at this point we have to struggle through this part of our life and pray things start to get a little smoother…

As always I want to send out a special thank you to the Pullen Family for their continual support in making food for us and for the Curtis Family for always being here for us, we had a fabulous Father's Day weekend with all of them. Please share our story either thru our gofundme or facebook site 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, the medicines that are not covered by insurance, etc. We are also still working towards getting David a new recliner to sleep in or an actual real bed that reclines upward.

Since we do not yet have a fundraiser in place, please consider buying a T-Shirt. You can always purchase them 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!
Dave & Shane Memorial Day 2016
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Update 151
1 month ago
#nevergiveup #cancersucks #cancerfight #IHateCancer #closertofree #cancer #gastriccancer #lifewithoutastomach http://www.gofundme.com/9gdfqg

UPDATE June 4, 2016 – Hello Our Friends and Family: I was just looking at the memories section of my facebook account and couldn’t believe how similar today is from 2 years ago. It basically said, “Today was a bit more difficult than most days for David. Chemo is really taking its toll this week. His body is fighting so hard all he could do was sleep off the pain & nausea. Eating was also difficult. Not much nourishment into his body today; thankfully tomorrow his Infusion is scheduled; this should perk him up to help him feel better.” Well here we sit facing the same dilemma all over again… Do you believe in Déjà vu, well we’re living it.

Yesterday was the last day of the second round of chemo for David. It was awful he is down to 179 lbs (a total weight loss of about 18 lbs since this Clinical Trial started). At this point they have not scheduled to do any testing to see if the chemo is working and Dr. Lim is recommending for David to quit the Clinical Trial. He should be able to live a normal life on chemo and at this point these chemos are just too strong for his body. Yesterday he was not able to eat any food at all and with the mouth sores coming back and into his throat, his only option is liquid supplement and soft foods.

The nutritionist and nurses once again try to give their input on foods to try to eat but David does not like a lot of different foods so once again I had to remind them what David refuses to eat or even try to eat. Therefore, finding a way to get in enough calories to sustain life is the best we can do right now to get him through this clinical trial. Now I know why they call it a trial. You and your body are fighting through a huge test in the performance, quality, or suitability for your life… I should have read the definition sooner because it holds true.

Since the mouth sores are back with the continual nausea and diarrhea; we will be doing the home hydration infusions this weekend and the VNA nurse will be here Monday to check on David’s status. Next week after re-evaluation, David will also make his final decision on whether or not he wants to continue this clinical trial. We do know that if he goes for a third round of treatment that when he finishes they will schedule another PET scan to let us know where his body is at, but at this point we have to get through this difficult point to even make that decision.

I want to send out another special thank you to the Pullen Family for their continual support in making food for us. Please continue to share our story either thru our gofundme or facebook site and remind people that 100% collected goes for David healthcare and financial needs; at this point no one has taken the reigns to assist us with any fund raisers so this is our only source of collecting much needed funds. The donation money that comes in is used for some really important items such as the food supplements, vitamin supplements, the medicines that are not covered by insurance, etc. Also we are working towards getting David a new recliner to sleep in or an actual real bed that reclines upward. We were looking into a hyperbaric oxygen bed for David but unless we get some major donations in, this is out of our league and way too expensive to even try to buy.

Please considering buying a T-Shirt… You can purchase them thru my Ebay site 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 out there that continues to pray or think about David to fight to get healthy and stay strong again, thank you!
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$6,058 of $75k goal

Raised by 56 people in 26 months
Created May 22, 2014
Dawn C. Siedlarz-Aponte  
  Medical   BRANFORD, CT
SF
$25
Steve Fromsaac
22 days ago

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

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RM
$500
Rick Moroso
2 months ago

Fuck Cancer!

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LG
$50
Lisa-Marie Gagnon
6 months ago

GOOD LUCK!!!

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JW
$50
Jeremy Witt
12 months ago
LR
$25
Linda Roeser
15 months ago
$100
Lucie Choquette
18 months ago

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

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GT
$20
Grzegorz Siedlarz Tomas
18 months ago

Much health David!!!

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JS
$50
John Siedlarz
18 months ago

Prayers really work if you have true faith.

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KL
$100
Karene Larocque
19 months ago
JJ
$20
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19 months ago
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