The Darrell Ragland Foundation

$3,350 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 37 people in 34 months
Karen Ragland
on behalf of Darrell Ragland

Established in 2015 as his living legacy

The Darrell Ragland Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping others navigate their cancer journey.

5600 Washington Ave
Evansville, Indiana 47715
Phone: 812.480.1567
Fax: 812.401.2188

On February 19, 2002:
Darrell Ragland was diagnosed with a rare type of pancreatic cancer. After 55 days in the hospital, doctors told Darrell, “There’s nothing more we can do for you.”

Darrell knew that he needed more than medical care to survive. With his steadfast faith in God and support from his family and friends, Darrell continues to fight a 13-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

“You have a mass in your pancreas,” my physician informed me. “The surgery will take three hours, and I will remove two-thirds of your pancreas as well as your spleen and gall bladder. You will be in the hospital 7 Days.”

I was in the hospital 55 Days and was cared for by eight doctors. I had two blood transfusions and two surgeries, including a removal of two feet of my small intestines. A few of my post-operative complications included abdominal abscesses, hypertension, congestive heart failure, rapid weight gain and loss, blood clots, and C. difficile colitis.

I was told that I have a rare form of cancer: Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (also known as Islet Cell Tumors).
On the morning of Day 40, I was awakened by the Lord, and He impressed me to read Joshua 1:9

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.”
 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.”

In the afternoon of Day 40, the doctors told me that they had done all they could for me.
Although cancerous tumors metastasized throughout my liver, I insisted on participating in two clinical trials, receiving radiation treatments as well as palliative care.

13 Years Later ~ 2015:
My oncologist said that the cancer is stable with noticeable improvement. I am not dying from cancer; I am living with cancer.

Hear more about Darrell’s remarkable story
of turning a cancer death sentence into a declaration to live, love, and give. With humor and insight, Darrell shares his physical, mental, and spiritual experiences of his life-transforming journey.

Darrell is available to speak to organizations, religious groups, and cancer support groups. He speaks to all ages, and to anyone needing encouragement, education, faith and hope.
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Darrell and family enjoying beautiful sunny day on Sun deck at St. Vincent's hospital.
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Bro. Darrell was in ICU room #2523. He has bleeding from esophageal varices. Bleeding has not stopped. They are trying to give blood and fluids. He had an ultrasound last night to see if they can place stent in liver and reroute the bloodflow. Unable to do any more procedures. No more options. Bro. Darell being moved to 5th floor hospice rm#5408. His condition is critical. Prayers!!
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Darrell and I have decided to travel October 5 to Seattle Washington to consult with his former neuroendrocrine specialist.
She is an excellent professional and his doctor in Indianapolis at IU University Hospital.
As we have researched and reached out to our Carcinoid support group members, many have as much or more tumor burden and are on medications to stop or shrink growth.
It's imperative to do all and everything we can.
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Help Darrell's need to get the funding to go to Germany. A rare cancer neuroendocrine tumors (which affects 12,000 people annually) are all over his body liver, bones, lymph and PRRT(Peptide Radionuclide Receptor Therapy) is a radiotherapy of nuclear medication that binds to the tumors killing the neuroendocrine tumors. PRRT has a 96% success rate prolonging the life of the cancer patients. The treatment is not FDA approved in the USA and has been performed in Europe since 1999.
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$3,350 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 37 people in 34 months
Created February 19, 2016
Karen Ragland
on behalf of Darrell Ragland
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Julie Haddan
12 months ago

I was honored to work with Darrell (and Karen) on Foundation materials. Such an inspiring couple!

Wilber & Darnell Granderson
13 months ago

Karen and family, your loss is our loss as well. Those of us who believe in our Father above, know we will see Darrell again on the other side.God bless my brother, sleep in peace.

Dean & Jeanne Barnett
14 months ago

Darrell was an inspiration to us all. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol & Bruce Baker
14 months ago

Our love and support is with you and your family

Laura Fox
21 months ago

in memory of Darrell's encouragement to W. T. Fox, Jr. during his time of need.

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