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Courtney Dickson Whalen

$35,066 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 265 people in 11 months
Created August 10, 2018
Dear Friends and Family, 

I am reaching out to all of you to share the unfortunate news that our closest friend Courtney Dickson Whalen, has been diagnosed with throat cancer. I am at a loss for words to try and understand how a super fit, healthy, amazing mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend could now become the victim of this awful disease. 

It has been a tough few weeks of testing, scans, scopes, countless doctor appointments and surgery for a feeding tube. The good news is that she is in good hands at UCSF and in the care of a great oncology team. Unfortunately, the progression of the mass has intensified and we are praying that her treatment of intense radiation and chemo therapy will start without delay in the coming week. Treatment will be 5 days a week for 7 weeks. Luckily, UCSF has reasonably priced housing in SF where she can stay to avoid the back and forth driving.  

Courtney is a stubborn strong willed woman that continues to fight through nausea, fatigue and extreme pain. But she cannot do this alone. It truly will take a village to support Courtney, Will and two boys, Price 12 months and Tyler 12 years. How can you help, you ask? Financial support!  For child care and UCSF housing not to mention the overwhelming amount of medical and prescription expenses. 

On behalf of Courtney and Will and the amazing community that they are blessed by, we greatly appreciate any and all support, positive thoughts and prayers. 

Big hug and lots of love,
Simone
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A note from the Whalen's...

Wow, first and most importantly, THANK YOU!!!!! We are deeply humbled and thankful for the incredible outreach of support during this crazy, scary and hectic time. We love our community and our greater group of friends, coworkers, teammates, colleagues, new and old, that have joined our fight to get Courtney healthy again. There is huge power in knowing that we are not alone in this battle.

Court has already started chemotherapy to slow the progress of the tumor. It was progressing rapidly by the time it was actually diagnosed and there was concern that it could block her airway if left unchecked any longer. The initial feedback has been very positive. She is breathing easier and doesn’t feel as constricted as she did before. She is in good spirits and happy to be punching back at this thing! She starts the main treatment next week, seven weeks of radiation plus continuing chemotherapy. She will move into housing in San Francisco after the first several weeks of treatment to avoid the hour drive back and forth. We will do our best to keep you all updated as we move forward into treatment and beyond.

We love you all and are blessed to have such an amazing tribe.

Courtney, Will, Price and Tyler
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$35,066 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 265 people in 11 months
Created August 10, 2018
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