Fulmer - Keep Calm & Be Brave!
This gofundme campaign is to raise money to cover expenses for Chance Fulmer - stage 4 brain cancer SURVIVOR! Read more to learn about Chance's story from his loving wife, Mindy Fulmer. She tells the journey of their life together and the FIGHT they have both been through.
We are changing our goal because you can know donate and participate in Texas Fit Chicks Bootcamp Challenge.
Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp Challenge for Fulmers
"At the young age of 17, I met Chance Fulmer. He was 19, from the small town of Pilot Point, TX, and was the sweetest guy I had ever met. We began dating and six years later we were married in 2004. Soon after, I graduated from college and began my teaching career as a 4th grade teacher, while Chance was finishing up engineering school to live out his dream as a locomotive engineer. 2006 came and we were living the dream. I was in my second year as an elementary teacher and he was an engineer driving trains. We had just built our house in McKinney that same year and life was good. September 11, 2006 was the day that changed our life. Chance was on his train and out of no where he had a grand mal seizure. Later at the hospital we were told he had a brain tumor and it was determined that it was stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), known to many in the medical profession as the worst of the worst kind of cancer. We were told that even with surgery, radiation, and chemo, Chance, 27 years old at the time, had only 12-14 months to live, IF things went well. We were absolutely devastated. Not only had our lives just begun together, but Chance's family had experienced this devastating news before. His mom had passed away from a different form of brain cancer when Chance was only 13 years old. We knew it was in God's hands though, and we continued to have faith in God's plan for Chance. By God's amazing grace, Chance beat those odds! He did the surgery, radiation, and the chemo for four years. Unfortunately, he was never able to return to his dream job of driving trains, but he wanted to work. He took a part-time job working at a golf course to earn some extra money and we continued on living our life. Around 2009, we decided to fulfill another dream, to have a child. Over the next two and a half years and many fertility treatments later, our little miracle baby was born. A little boy we named Caise Christopher Fulmer. Life was good, really good once again. We didn't dwell on the cancer. We were busy raising our little boy, now 4 years old, and continued our faith that God had a bigger plan for Chance and that's why he's beaten the odds for so long. Chance went for check up MRIs every six months and for 8 1/2 years, they were always clear, no sign of any more brain cancer. This past June 2015 out of the blue, Chance began to experience weakness in the right side of his body. He had difficulty writing with his right hand and he was dropping things. Then I noticed the right side of his face begin to droop. He had just had a clear MRI the end of March! In my heart, I knew it was back though. An MRI confirmed our greatest fear. The cancer was back and this time in two places. Only one tumor could be removed with surgery and the other was too deep. Chance did very intense Gamma Knife radiation the end of June for the inoperable tumor and then on July 6, 2015 he had another brain surgery to remove a tumor in his left frontal lobe. We were heartbroken once again after an MRI on August 18th. Not only had both tumors returned, but there are now 2-3 more that have branched off and are growing. At this time, Chance's right side is extremely weak and his right hand barely works. He has difficulty walking and finding the words he wants to say. He is currently on chemo and I have taken a leave of absence to care for him at home as he requires assistance with almost all daily activities. We have not given up! We know God's Will will be done and no matter what the outcome, we remain faithful and trust in the Lord and his ultimate plan for Chance." - Mindy Fulmer
If any of you are interested, my amazing Texas Fit Chicks trainer, LeighAnne has put together a benefit Saturday bootcamp session for our family. (Click on the link for more details) One of the many reasons I have loved TFC for the past couple of years is because of the relationships I've made with these ladies. I really wish I was still able to attend and hope to one day be back with the girls. Anyways, if any of you are interested in attending, this would be an awesome time to try out the bootcamp style workouts I love so much. I'm going to do my best to attend and see all my friends and get in a great, fun workout. Thank you again LeighAnne for organizing this. I sure do miss seeing you every morning; although, I can't say I miss those hill sprints in the "bowl." LOL!
We made it! Thank you to everyone who helped out. Mindy took a leap of faith choosing to stay home with Chance , but this is where she needs to be. Your generosity is amazing, and you all wrote the most encouraging words and sweetest prayers! Thank you, Karen Phipps, I loved what you wrote! Keep the prayers coming!
I know this has been shared by so many already. Thank you to those who have written such sweet comments and to those who have generously donated. We just need $80 to reach our goal. :) It is amazing to see the love and support shown for this special family.