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Ballor Family

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Raised by 59 people in 20 months
Created July 14, 2017
As some of you may be aware, Chris Ballor is in a struggle for HIS life, battling colo/rectal cancer. Chris is my brother, but not only is he my brother, he is a husband, father, friend, son-in-law, uncle and all around great guy. Chris and his wife Kelly (Eberly) Ballor have been fighting since day one. They have two beautiful children Allie and Emeleigh. Allie was born with an incurable and fatal condition (Cystic Fibrosis) for which Chris and Kelly have been fighting for 20 years and WON that battle through numerous surgeries, a stroke and two decades of hospitalizations and treatments . Now this! Chris’ cancer is progressing rapidly and he is now unable to work to support his family consisting of his 2 beautiful daughters and his amazing wife. Chris and Kelly have sacrificed their entire lives to care for their daughters without blinking an eye. Although Chris has worked for decades as a boat mechanic in Dimondale, he did not have medical insurance or benefits including disability insurance. Kelly has been working in the Eaton Rapids Community within the public school district not only to provide medical insurance for her family, but to contribute to the close knit community of Eaton Rapids. In Chris and Kelly’s ‘spare time (which is zero), Kelly has done amazing things within the community like Cinderella’s closet to provide prom dresses for girls who cannot afford to purchase their own. Chris and Kelly are the most selfless people that I know. They have dedicated their lives to helping others not only within their family, but within their community. If there is a friend in need, they are the friend’s in deed. As you can imagine, the medical bills are piling up. I am asking for donations to help this wonderful family through this difficult time. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.
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When the pit in your stomach just keeps getting worse and the heartburn is unbearable, you know you need to lose weight and change some things!! I am a stress eater and would say that right now, things in my life are heading south so I need to be extra cautious about eating my worries and fears away.

Normally we would be celebrating the 13th Anniversary of Allies big stroke and Emeleigh saving her life but not today.

Things are not going great with Chris Ballor as he has not felt good and been in quite a bit more pain for the past four days. Today, he woke up congested and sneezing with the chills. I am worried due to the increased amount of pain he has been having but he does not want to go in until his scheduled appointment tomorrow. We had a nice talk yesterday and then him and Emeleigh Ballor had a talk while I was at church. I am not gonna lie, I am worried and we are all scared.

Allie Ballor sliced off the tip of her finger yesterday morning and we couldn't get it to stop bleeding so we went to the ER at 9:00 last night. LOL, we knew there was nothing that could be done other than find a way to stop the bleeding. The doctor said her blood thinner was making it so it wouldn't clot and they finally found a solution to stopping it so we could come back home to Chris.

Poor Haley Jane has been thrown in the middle of all this and she is such a trooper.

I could not ask for a better family than the one I have!! I am asking for all our prayer warriors to please step up the prayers as we do not like seeing Chris in so much pain. The many burdens of this disease can debilitate a whole family. Finances, stress, lack of sleep, depression, guilt when you are not there and so many more. I should be worried about all of these but I know God will take care of my family one way or another and right now I am more worried about Chris and the girls seeing him go through all of this.
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I honestly do not know how we could be any more proud and happy of our children!! Allie continues to help out around the house, helping care for Chris when I am at work and just an all around positive vibe in our lives! She has been looking for a job and plans to continue her volunteer work at Greyhound Central Elementary. Emeleigh graduated a year early with more credits then a normal high school senior. She worked all through school and also worked hard on school. She felt she wanted to avoid typical teenage drama at the high school and transferred to Greyhound Central Performance Academy. Don't kid yourself as many of our students there earn the traditional high school diploma and have to take all the same classes just in a different atmosphere. Abby and Sarah told me Emeleigh could graduate early and little did we know, with all of her success and accomplishments at GCPA, she was able to earn a college scholarship to Baker College that covers 50 % of her tuition for four years. We could not be more thankful with Chris now not working and all, that she worked so hard before we found out about his diagnosis. She continues to work on her college classes, help out with transporting when necessary, makes us laugh and is a strong leader. For many of you that do not know, our family has also grown. Before finding out Chris was at stage 4 with his colorectal, prostate cancer, we made the decision to grow our family. Yesterday, Chris and I became the permanent guardians of Haley Jane! She is such a joy and has been with us for awhile now but it was finalized in court yesterday. Again, another "daughter" we are so proud of. She has been through so much turmoil the past year and yet stays upbeat and is working continually to beat the odds and live a happy life as every young person deserves. I am so thankful to have her with us and for Chris and I to protect her like our own. Haley has been a great sister to both of my girls and she really makes Chris laugh. Thank you to Brandi for being such a positive figure for your sister during this transition. She will be successful at whatever she chooses to do and we are behind her 100%.

On a side note, a message I have discussed with all three girls, please remember to pray for those less fortunate, pay it forward whenever you can and treat others as you wish to be treated. With all the turmoil in the country and cyber bullying that happens on a daily occurrence, be the better person and do not engage. Love Thy Neighbor and if you don't have anything nice to say, then please don't say anything at all












Chris is doing fantastic receiving his first chemo infusion. They're telling us he will be exhausted for the next 2-3 days. That we can handle. God, please comfort Chris and family through these rough days. I know you are with all of us and guiding us through this. We are so blessed to have you in our lives.




CT scan this morning. EKG yesterday, and a very high dose of chemo starts next week. Kelli will have a lot of time off for appointments, as Chris will not be returning to work at all. Any little bit helps

The MRI stages the cancer at stage 4 and says it is colorectal cancer that is in 7+ lymph nodes and spread to the RIGHT seminal vessicle and the urinary bladder base. Dr. Srkalovic took it to the tumor board on Friday where they staged it at 3c and said it is colorectal cancer in surrounding lymph nodes and invaded the prostate and surrounding organs.

According to the surgeon, either way, it is still operable at this point but must be treated aggressively first. Therefore, Chris has signed up for a clinical trial that will be starting as soon as the insurance gives authorization and the repeat CT scan is Don and he is having an EKG tomorrow and labs today. Once that is done, Chris will be on a continuous chemo pump for two days, go in to have it removed and twelve days later have a 5+ hour chemo infusion then get hooked up to the continuous pump again for two days. This will repeat for 8 cycles which will take at least four months. During this period, he cannot touch, eat or drink anything cold. The doctor told him everything will need to be room temperature or he will get very sick and feel as though his airway is shutting off. If he reaches into the fridge for a drink or touches anything cold, his hands will cramp up and tingle with pain as if he has neuropathy. All of this along with the normal chemo side effects. Chris have a four week break to recovery before starting chemoradiation 5 days a week for 28-30 cycles. This will be M-F radiation with oral chemo pills taken on radiation days. After the 6 weeks, he will have another 4 week break to recover and then surgery. Surgery will determine if there needs to be more chemo or radiation afterwards.
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Chris is doing fantastic receiving his first chemo infusion. They're telling us he will be exhausted for the next 2-3 days. That we can handle. God, please comfort Chris and family through these rough days. I know you are with all of us and guiding us through this. We are so blessed to have you in our lives.




CT scan this morning. EKG yesterday, and a very high dose of chemo starts next week. Kelli will have a lot of time off for appointments, as Chris will not be returning to work at all. Any little bit helps

The MRI stages the cancer at stage 4 and says it is colorectal cancer that is in 7+ lymph nodes and spread to the RIGHT seminal vessicle and the urinary bladder base. Dr. Srkalovic took it to the tumor board on Friday where they staged it at 3c and said it is colorectal cancer in surrounding lymph nodes and invaded the prostate and surrounding organs.

According to the surgeon, either way, it is still operable at this point but must be treated aggressively first. Therefore, Chris has signed up for a clinical trial that will be starting as soon as the insurance gives authorization and the repeat CT scan is Don and he is having an EKG tomorrow and labs today. Once that is done, Chris will be on a continuous chemo pump for two days, go in to have it removed and twelve days later have a 5+ hour chemo infusion then get hooked up to the continuous pump again for two days. This will repeat for 8 cycles which will take at least four months. During this period, he cannot touch, eat or drink anything cold. The doctor told him everything will need to be room temperature or he will get very sick and feel as though his airway is shutting off. If he reaches into the fridge for a drink or touches anything cold, his hands will cramp up and tingle with pain as if he has neuropathy. All of this along with the normal chemo side effects. Chris have a four week break to recovery before starting chemoradiation 5 days a week for 28-30 cycles. This will be M-F radiation with oral chemo pills taken on radiation days. After the 6 weeks, he will have another 4 week break to recover and then surgery. Surgery will determine if there needs to be more chemo or radiation afterwards.
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CT scan this morning. EKG yesterday, and a very high dose of chemo starts next week. Kelli will have a lot of time off for appointments, as Chris will not be returning to work at all. Any little bit helps

The MRI stages the cancer at stage 4 and says it is colorectal cancer that is in 7+ lymph nodes and spread to the RIGHT seminal vessicle and the urinary bladder base. Dr. Srkalovic took it to the tumor board on Friday where they staged it at 3c and said it is colorectal cancer in surrounding lymph nodes and invaded the prostate and surrounding organs.

According to the surgeon, either way, it is still operable at this point but must be treated aggressively first. Therefore, Chris has signed up for a clinical trial that will be starting as soon as the insurance gives authorization and the repeat CT scan is Don and he is having an EKG tomorrow and labs today. Once that is done, Chris will be on a continuous chemo pump for two days, go in to have it removed and twelve days later have a 5+ hour chemo infusion then get hooked up to the continuous pump again for two days. This will repeat for 8 cycles which will take at least four months. During this period, he cannot touch, eat or drink anything cold. The doctor told him everything will need to be room temperature or he will get very sick and feel as though his airway is shutting off. If he reaches into the fridge for a drink or touches anything cold, his hands will cramp up and tingle with pain as if he has neuropathy. All of this along with the normal chemo side effects. Chris have a four week break to recovery before starting chemoradiation 5 days a week for 28-30 cycles. This will be M-F radiation with oral chemo pills taken on radiation days. After the 6 weeks, he will have another 4 week break to recover and then surgery. Surgery will determine if there needs to be more chemo or radiation afterwards.
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