Trey's Cancer Treatment

$30,922 of $25k goal

Raised by 214 people in 60 months
Ty Tatham  MEAD, CO
Trey was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma on December 12. This is a soft tissue cancer which accounts for 4% of all childhood cancers. 350 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States and the majority of these are in children younger than the age of 9. Forunately for Trey the Cancer is only located in his ear canal and nowhere else in his body. He has a long road of treatments and tests ahead of him but with your words of encouragement he will make it.
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Update 38
Posted by Ty and Jennifer Tatham
11 months ago
Happy New Year! Hard to believe another year has passed. The Holidays always bring back memories of Trey beginning his battle, his first chemo treatment was 5 days before Christmas and today didn't seem to exist back then. But here we are and life is very good. Trey had scans on December 30th and they came back clean. We had one minor scare as they sent us back for one x-ray because a dot was showing up on his lung but it was his scapula in the way. Trey has to get an IV for dye when they do the MRI. This is no minor procedure, he will tell you he won't go, you will fight him to get out of bed, he will lock the doors to the car when you get to the hospital, you will drag him to the oncology clinic, wrestle him into the chair to get the IV, the nurse will wipe his arm with the alcohol wipe and tell him not to breath on it as he blows on it vigorously. He will say he is ready, then try to bolt for the door, at which point Jen holds his legs so he won't kick the nurse, Ty puts him in an arm bar, holds his head and covers his mouth so he won't spit or head-butt someone. The nurse is quick, gets it in and Trey looks at everyone like "Hey no big deal, Mom, Dad why you breathing so hard". As hard as it can be at times it is comical as well, Jekyll and Hyde. This last appointment was another milestone as it was the last scan on the 4 month interval. He now goes to scans every 6 months for the next 2 years and possibly moving to the Hope (Helping Oncology Patients Excel) clinic for survivors the second year. Wow! He still has some hurdles ahead but we couldn't feel more blessed and grateful for where he is. As always he is busy, busy. Played flag football and soccer in the fall, is doing wrestling and basketball now and as it warmed up the other day he said he needs to start working on his pitching. This summer Trey was picked up by the Regis University men's soccer team as part of Team Impact, which pairs College teams with kids who have had life threatening diseases . Trey of course made fast friends with many of the players. He signed a letter of intent and agreed to the terms laid out by the Head coach. It has been a great experience and it lasts for 2 more years! Jen is going to Orlando, Florida on Wednesday to run in what is called the "Dopey" Challenge as part of a fundraiser for Give kids the World which is where we stayed on Trey's make-a-wish trip. She will run a 5K race on Thursday, a 10K race on Friday, a half marathon on Saturday and finish with a full marathon on Sunday. Yes, what the heck is right, she is a little crazy but she has done very well raising money for GKTW, plus it's in Florida. She says it will be her last but don't bet the farm on that.

We hope you had a happy holiday season and wish you the best in this New year.
Trey and Cousin Charlie showing the guns
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Update 37
Posted by Ty and Jennifer Tatham
15 months ago
Summer has come and gone and Trey is ready to start 2nd grade tomorrow. He is excited to start school as well be with the teacher he has this year. He had a great summer playing baseball, riding his bike and playing outside as much as possible. He got in some Rockies games, a trip to water world and to Houston to see Grandpa and Grandma Tatham. His health is very good, and had scans a couple of weeks ago which were clean again. We had a little wrestling match getting his IV in but 4 adults were able to hold him down with only minor injuries. He always says "Well that wasn't so bad" and apologizes to everyone, so that helps with it. He will have his next scan in December then we will go to every 6 months. 2 years of those and he will move into the surviorship program which is odd to write for a then 10 year old. The feeling of how blessed we are has not faded and how much support we had and still have as so many of you ask how Trey is. Thank you so much. Hope you and yours are all well. God bless.
Trey and Tommy at a Rockies game
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Update 36
Posted by Ty and Jennifer Tatham
20 months ago
Hello, hope this finds you enjoying some spring weather. Trey had surgery about 2 weeks ago to reconnect his damaged facial nerve to a nerve in his tongue (Hypoglossal) to help relieve some of the palsy symptoms on the left side of his face. This was more for aesthetics moving forward than any functional need. The surgery was about four hours and he spent the night in the hospital. Trey's ENT doctor is #1 or #2 (depending on which poll you read) in the country so we feel very lucky to have Trey in his care. Dr. Chan and Trey have slowly developed a friendship as Trey is not fond of anyone who pokes around his ear but he has warmed up to Dr. Chan in the past year. Dr. Chan performed the biopsy way back when this party started and had the difficult task of telling us that it was something to be concerned with. He has become more than just a doctor for us like so many other's at Children's. We are blessed and grateful to have such great and caring people for Trey. The day after the surgery Dr. Chan informed us that Trey would need to abstain from bike & scooter riding, jumping on the tramp, and any contact sports/rough housing for 3 weeks. Uhhh so do you want to tell him that or is there someone who can because that won't sit well with him. 2 days after we got home he was on the tramp in wrestling match with 1 of the neighbor kids so we had to breakdown and offer up the xbox to slow him down. His scar is pretty noticeable right now and he likes to tell people he fought a ninja-bear in the alley by the ice-cream store. The effects of the surgery will take time and change as he continues to grow but as you can see in the pictures there are some subtle changes already. When Trey gets anesthesia we try to get as much done as possible so he had his scans and blood tests done, which all came back looking good. We tried to work in getting his finger and toe nails clipped but that isn't in our insurance network. He continues to stay very busy with activities, and loves school. His next set of scans will be the last of the round at 4 month intervals and then he will go to every 6 months for the next 2 years. Amazing to think of where he is from where he was. Every day is not good but there is good in every day! Take care!
Top Pre-Surgery, Bottom Post-Surgery
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Update 35
Posted by Ty and Jennifer Tatham
24 months ago
Happy Thanksgiving to all. We have so much to be thankful for, our families, friends and so many others who have touched our lives in so many ways. We hope you have a wonderful day. Trey had scans today and they came back N.E.D., no evidence of disease. Always an incredible feeling, never to be taken for granted. He has grown 3 inches and gained 5 pounds in the last 4 months which is great. His feet seem to be exploding as he has needed new shoes a few times these past few months. Today was also significant as it was the first time he has done scans without anesthesia, so nice to leave without that hangover. He is also now 2 years post treatment!! He finished up concurrent soccer and flag football seasons and is moving in to wrestling and basketball. Not sure how those two work together but he enjoys them. He is hard to slow down, which is a blessing as well. School is going very well and he loves his teacher. He told the doctor today that math and reading are his favorite subjects, hopefully it will stay as such. Attached is 1 of 2 commercials Trey did as an ambassador for Children's Hospital with a local Subaru dealer. These have appeared during Colorado Rockies and Colorado Avalanche games. It is funny when people tell us they saw Trey on TV. He has no idea!! Have a wonderful Holiday season.
Trey's Commercial
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Arnold Torgerson
20 months ago

Ty and family - - you are in my prayers! God bless you all. Coach Torg!

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Rheannon Weaver
44 months ago

So excited that you will be joining us for Frank's Ride this year! I hope Trey has fun riding around in a side car for the parade!

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Rheannon Weaver
50 months ago

Sending hope and prayers for you Trey! I am unable to donate at this time but I did share this page on our franks ride for children page and website and my creative focus photography page hoping to get you some more donations and support by spreading the word to people who may be able to help. You are one tough little man and have such a loving supportive family which makes all the difference in the world!

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Matt Tatham
58 months ago

One great quote was this: "He's showing Mom (Jen) and Dad how to be tough. He's a lot tougher than his dad, almost as tough as his mom." http://www.denverpost.com/prep s/ci_19974784

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Matt Tatham
58 months ago

Wonderful article out today in the Denver Post talking about Trey and Ty: http://www.denverpost.com/preps/ci_19974784

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Matt Tatham
58 months ago

Great article out toady about Trey and the support from Ty's wrestling team, school and the local community: http://bit.ly/yRuVHP. Thank you for all your support!

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Samantha O'Farrell
59 months ago

Tatham Family- Check out Zac's Legacy Foundation. They assist families in Colorado with kiddos battling cancer.. Great organization! http://www.zacslegacyfoundation.org/ The social workers at the hospital can expedite the application for you. Many prayers to you! - Rory and Sami O'Farrell

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Martha Simmons
59 months ago

Do you know that Dani's Foundation provides patient assistance financial grants for pediatric sarcoma patients. For information on these grants, please email to martha@danisfoundation.org. We would love to assist!

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Felicia Hicks
59 months ago

Just a stranger stopping by to wish you guys the best of luck. My son has Wilm's Tumor which is a kidney cancer. Saying this to say I know things can be a bit over whelming but by the grace of God all things are possible. Stay positive and encouraged.

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Janice Wee
59 months ago

Sending you support and prayers from Wisconsin. Zoe Nix is our granddaughter so we know the amazing care Trey is receiving right now. You are surrounded by lots of love. We really enjoy reading the updates on Trey. What an awesome little guy he is. Hang in there and know we are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. Jan and Dan Wee

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Dave Vondy
59 months ago

Wishing you the best, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Tatham Family. God Bless!

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Shelley Sanchez
60 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tatham family! Call us anytime you need a babysitter!

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Stephanie Jess
60 months ago

I just heard about your little guy. My prayers are with him!! Although I am not able to donate at this time I will say a very special prayer for him each and every day. I am just finishing off my chemo treatment after surgery and will start radiation on the 30th. One special prayer to another :)

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Heather Lambert
60 months ago

what strength...i know love and prayers can help alot...im praying for Trey!!!!...this angel needs saved!!!

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Bret Burroughs
60 months ago

It is good to recieve the postings, I am with Ty on the Doctors credintials. Sounds like the team is the best there is, our prayers are with you.

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Michael McArthur
60 months ago

Thank you for including me in your email updates. I had no idea until this email arrived and be ashured that many prayers are being said for that courageous young boy. And also for you, mom and dad. God Bless You all

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Carol Torres Schultz
60 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!!

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Marci Ross
60 months ago

WE LOVE TREY BOY!!!

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Marci Ross
60 months ago

WE LOVE TREY BOY!!!

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Jenese Midcap Hankins
60 months ago

Prayers for you Trey and for your family. May God's healing hand touch you and make you feel better and help your Mommy and Daddy be strong. You are such a handsome little man!

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$30,922 of $25k goal

Raised by 214 people in 60 months
Created December 20, 2011
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Mary Malpezzi
15 months ago

Trey is the one who inspires us.

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Anonymous
20 months ago
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Arnold torgerson
20 months ago
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Steve Knight
43 months ago

Ty, hope Trey has a great time at Disney!

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Brian Berst
50 months ago

Hello Jennifer and family. I just heard of your situation this last weekend and want to wish you the best. I'm sorry you have to go through this and hope that everything turns out ok.

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Anonymous
50 months ago
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Phillip Zerr family
50 months ago

Thinking of your family.

PM
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Pat and Russ Manning
51 months ago

Good luck on the scans Trey will have after his last treatment. We will pray for you and hope that he will be 'C' free for the rest of his life. Best Wishes

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Liesa Brown
54 months ago

Trey, your Grandma Michal is a great friend of mine and she keeps me updated on your progress. I so admire your spirit and pray for your time in chemo to pass quickly. Stay strong!!

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Anonymous
54 months ago
Arnold Torgerson
20 months ago

Ty and family - - you are in my prayers! God bless you all. Coach Torg!

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Rheannon Weaver
44 months ago

So excited that you will be joining us for Frank's Ride this year! I hope Trey has fun riding around in a side car for the parade!

+ Read More
Rheannon Weaver
50 months ago

Sending hope and prayers for you Trey! I am unable to donate at this time but I did share this page on our franks ride for children page and website and my creative focus photography page hoping to get you some more donations and support by spreading the word to people who may be able to help. You are one tough little man and have such a loving supportive family which makes all the difference in the world!

+ Read More
Matt Tatham
58 months ago

One great quote was this: "He's showing Mom (Jen) and Dad how to be tough. He's a lot tougher than his dad, almost as tough as his mom." http://www.denverpost.com/prep s/ci_19974784

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Matt Tatham
58 months ago

Wonderful article out today in the Denver Post talking about Trey and Ty: http://www.denverpost.com/preps/ci_19974784

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Matt Tatham
58 months ago

Great article out toady about Trey and the support from Ty's wrestling team, school and the local community: http://bit.ly/yRuVHP. Thank you for all your support!

+ Read More
Samantha O'Farrell
59 months ago

Tatham Family- Check out Zac's Legacy Foundation. They assist families in Colorado with kiddos battling cancer.. Great organization! http://www.zacslegacyfoundation.org/ The social workers at the hospital can expedite the application for you. Many prayers to you! - Rory and Sami O'Farrell

+ Read More
Martha Simmons
59 months ago

Do you know that Dani's Foundation provides patient assistance financial grants for pediatric sarcoma patients. For information on these grants, please email to martha@danisfoundation.org. We would love to assist!

+ Read More
Felicia Hicks
59 months ago

Just a stranger stopping by to wish you guys the best of luck. My son has Wilm's Tumor which is a kidney cancer. Saying this to say I know things can be a bit over whelming but by the grace of God all things are possible. Stay positive and encouraged.

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Janice Wee
59 months ago

Sending you support and prayers from Wisconsin. Zoe Nix is our granddaughter so we know the amazing care Trey is receiving right now. You are surrounded by lots of love. We really enjoy reading the updates on Trey. What an awesome little guy he is. Hang in there and know we are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. Jan and Dan Wee

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Dave Vondy
59 months ago

Wishing you the best, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Tatham Family. God Bless!

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Shelley Sanchez
60 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tatham family! Call us anytime you need a babysitter!

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Stephanie Jess
60 months ago

I just heard about your little guy. My prayers are with him!! Although I am not able to donate at this time I will say a very special prayer for him each and every day. I am just finishing off my chemo treatment after surgery and will start radiation on the 30th. One special prayer to another :)

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Heather Lambert
60 months ago

what strength...i know love and prayers can help alot...im praying for Trey!!!!...this angel needs saved!!!

+ Read More
Bret Burroughs
60 months ago

It is good to recieve the postings, I am with Ty on the Doctors credintials. Sounds like the team is the best there is, our prayers are with you.

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Michael McArthur
60 months ago

Thank you for including me in your email updates. I had no idea until this email arrived and be ashured that many prayers are being said for that courageous young boy. And also for you, mom and dad. God Bless You all

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Carol Torres Schultz
60 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!!

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Marci Ross
60 months ago

WE LOVE TREY BOY!!!

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Marci Ross
60 months ago

WE LOVE TREY BOY!!!

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Jenese Midcap Hankins
60 months ago

Prayers for you Trey and for your family. May God's healing hand touch you and make you feel better and help your Mommy and Daddy be strong. You are such a handsome little man!

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