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BELIEVE! Chris Kudla's Medical Fund

$45,023 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 431 people in 14 months
Created December 13, 2017
Tricia Kudla
on behalf of Christopher Kudla
On behalf of our brother, and Officer, Christopher Kudla, we would like to start this campaign called “BELIEVE”!  Christopher lives in Romeoville with his wife of 11 years Tricia, and his two daughters Amanda who is 17, and Ashley who is 5.  Christopher is currently a Police Officer with the Village of Riverside, and has been there since March of this year.  He worked for the Village of Lyons as a Police Officer from 2003 through 2014.  In 2014, Christopher was laid off from the Lyons Police Department, and was unemployed for six months until he accepted a job with the Montgomery Police Department.  He worked for Montgomery from November 2014 until March 2017 when he got the job offer in Riverside.   Our Brother Christopher is very outgoing and friendly, and always seems to put a smile on everyone’s face no matter where he goes.  The heart that my brother has is a very rare, which makes him an amazing officer of the law.  He loves his family and his wife and puts them first before himself always…

On November 25, 2017, the day before his 46th birthday, Christopher was diagnosed with cancer.  The official diagnosis is stage 4 metastic papillary renal cell carcinoma. About 4 weeks ago, Christopher noticed a lump on his neck.  He went to the doctor, who proceeded to order a CT scan.  The first scan was of his neck, and then on his entire body.  The body scan showed an 8.8 cm tumor (the size of a baseball) on his right kidney, as well as the cancer spreading through most of the lymph nodes in his body.   This particular form of cancer is extremely rare, and possibly genetic.  Further testing is also being done to see if Christopher’s children or siblings are at risk.  

When we first talked to our brother about this, his first concern was that his family would be OK, and not be burdened with any financial strain or medical bills.  This is in the very early stages of treatment so it is unclear what the financial impact will be.  All we know is that when Christopher found out, he tried to switch insurance to something that would allow him to seek better treatment, but he missed the cut off by two days.  Our brother has spent more than 15 years of his life putting others first as well as putting his life on the line to ensure the public is safe.  We all know that he puts that uniform on every day without hesitation, and with pride.  Christopher also has said that he would work, until he can’t physically continue based on his treatment. Now, with this campaign of “BELIEVE”, Christopher needs YOUR help, and his family needs YOUR help.  We know that Christopher would never ask anyone for help, so we are asking for him.  This help is not only for our brother, but for his wife and two beautiful daughters who need him to be there for them.  This is not only for Christopher and his family, this is also to keep an excellent officer on the streets that we so desperately need nowadays.  If there is anyone who believes in what his badge stands for, it is our brother.  He has saved so many lives in his career, now, with this campaign of “BELIEVE”, we can save him…

Thank you so much to all of you who “BELIEVE” with us, and may the Lord Bless You for your support and kindness…
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Sorry it is been so long since my last post. There’s been a lot of things going on including new doctor visits that I needed to organize. I did not want to say anything before I was sure what was going on. So I will be going on disability within the next couple of months. I remember when I first started treatment, after the first couple months back then, and I was like “well, this isn’t so bad, I can handle this”. But the last year has gotten increasingly more difficult. Clearly I am experiencing the cumulative effects of my treatment. I was managing most of them, but I just cannot longer work with the pain that I am in, and the fatigue. I have started seeing a palliative care nurse to help manage the pain. I think that those closest to me, and those who work with me have seen the effects. And it’s just now too much. Tricia did kind of put me on the spot, and made me finally admit this. I love my job more than anything. I love being the Police more than anything. But I also love my family more than anything. I am trying to negotiate staying on Riverside‘s insurance, because I have no choice to switch. If I go to a new insurance, I will have to go through the approval process for treatment again, and there’s a good chance it will be denied. Due to my treatment not being FDA approved and still part of the clinical trial I would have been on in Maryland. And if I lose my treatment.... well...

So this means that I will have to pay for Cobra premiums out of pocket. Just to keep the same insurance I have. My wife and children can go to my wife’s insurance, due to a life-changing event of course. So we will have to pay both premiums, and have a 50% salary decrease.

I also have a torn rotator cuff in my left shoulder. I first realized this last year somewhere around February. I remember at the time I just thought the pain may be associated somehow with the cancer, so I went to my oncologist for the treatment. He did CT scans and could not find anything. He suspected it may be a nerve pushing on a lymph node. Then he sent me to some physical therapy. After doing that for months, he finally sent me to an orthopedic doctor, and he found a tear. This was discovered on an MRI in May. And anyone who knows someone, or had a rotator cuff tear themselves, knows how painful this is. I had a Cortisone shot to help with the pain, but you can only have a couple of those before your shoulder starts to deteriorate. So I’ve reached my limit. The only option is surgery which means I have to go off of chemotherapy for three months. This is a big risk that has weighed on both mine and my wife’s minds. So we are not sure when we’re going to do this, unfortunately there is no good time. But if I’m going to improve my quality of life, I need to get rid of the pain in my shoulder. It does wake me up most nights.

What else can I say.... it never gets any easier. I find my strength to keep going through my family and all of you. I thank you for your continued support. Hopefully something good will happen here in the future that will make 2019 a good year. Stay safe all.
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I saw the doctor Tuesday and got the results of my scan. Sometimes he releases them online to view prior to the appointment, sometimes not. I learned not to read into any of this. I also learned that different radiologists read the scans each time, so nothing is consistent.
With that being said, here are the results: My oncologist said that everything is stable, and there is no new growth. We went over the next two week protocol and the lab work ups. (There are some levels in my blood that are always off). I went home relatively relieved from the stress of scan time.
The doctor released the scan results for me to read on Wednesday. I read the scan. There were three documented lymph nodes that were .1 mm larger. Conclusion was still stable though, so I’m not sure if this is just because how the radiologist measured, or if it is something to be concerned about. It might be too early to tell. But all I know is, nothing has ever been measured larger at all, not even .1 mm. I trust my doctors (you have to, and I really do). However, it is still enough for me to be somewhat worried. I have reached out to the doctor I saw in Maryland to ask his thoughts. He responded saying that he will discuss the results with my oncologist here. Maybe his second opinion will clear things up. We’ll see. Thanks for all the continued support and everyone have a great 2019!
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From: Christopher Michael Kudla
As we approach this holiday season, I’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support throughout the entire year. I can’t begin to tell you all of the obstacles and challenges that me and my family have been through, but we have been able to come out on top so far. All of you behind me have been a huge part of it. Not only the physical complications from the side effects of treatment, but also the emotional part of dealing with my condition. Sometimes I will admit it becomes very difficult to be strong, but I get through because of your support, and the love of my family,
I can tell you that next year is going to bring some whole new challenges that I am afraid of facing, but unfortunately I will have no choice. I will tell everyone about this when the time is right. I am scheduled for another scan. I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to get it in before the next appointment with everything going on, and with my recent crazy work schedule; however I’m going to do the best I can. Scan time always brings about a lot of anxiety. When my doctor does my check-ups every two weeks, he does a quick physical exam. Of course there’s no way of really telling what’s going on until I do the MRI. I have added some new herbal treatments for these last couple two months, so I’m curious if they have made a difference. After taking them for last two months, it should either tell me if they are or are not going to help me. I have been taking everything else the same. I’ve been on the same sugar free / carb free diet. I take over 20 herbs and vitamins supplements every day, along with my liquid vegetable juice five times a day. This is been a very expensive diet, but I’m not going to change anything because it’s been holding me stable. Remember once again, I’m dealing with the most aggressive form of kidney cancer. Everybody hold your family close, and have a fabulous Christmas Season !!!
One final additional note, there are two that I want to personally thank. My little friend Gia T,, who has tirelessly done everything that her and her mother Ashley could do to help me and my family since I’ve been diagnosed. On her own, once again, after hearing that I had been in the hospital for a couple weeks, went out and raised money to buy Christmas presents for me and my family. When she was asked about it on her “child of the week” radio interview, Gia said that she knew it would be hard for me to get presents since I had been sick. She wanted to help my family, and the emotions I had from her kind heart just poured out. Finally, I’d like to thank one special Riverside resident, Mr. SC (I don’t want to embarrass him but he knows who I’m talking about). Not only has he been a long-time friend to the Riverside Police Department, but with his generous donations, he made it easy for me and my family to experience the true meaning of Christmas without worrying about the additional financial expense. Mr. SC, there’s a special place for you in heaven! God bless all and have a safe Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
From: Alyceson Nicole Kudla
Dear All:
Today at church we spent a long time giving thanks to God for all the gifts he has given us. Today, I would like to thank God for all of you, and the support that you give my brother. God Bless you all and your family. May the Lord bring you love and safety this holiday season!
Peace, Love, and Happiness to you all,
Alyceson
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From Christopher Michael Kudla:
Today, November 26, I celebrate my 47th birthday. One year and one day removed from my diagnosis of RCC. The last few weeks have been a very difficult and emotional time for me and my family. It is very hard to not relive what we went through last year. Even Tricia was bringing up how she can never forget the look in my oncologist face when he told me the diagnosis, and that he had no idea how to treat me. However, we have to remember to be strong and stay positive, even if that is sometimes hard to do. I seem to be ahead of the disease right now, but the treatment has definitely taken its toll. I mean twice in the last two weeks it sent me to the ER because every time I get sick, that’s where I end up. Fortunately, I always go home rehydrated though with some sort of knew medicine. With that said, I am still thankful though. I have great friends and loved ones. I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. I have great parents and siblings, and an incredible extended family. I hope that we are all here to enjoy each other for a long time. Thank you again for all your prayers and support. I will talk to you again soon around Christmas. The most wonderful time of year when Jesus was born…
From Alyceson Nicole Kudla:
I want to personally thank everyone, including all of you who I do not know, for supporting my incredible brother… As my 12 year old son Dennis said, Christopher is a great role model, and I want to grow up to be just like him! How touching that was to hear from my son. You have all given us strength when we have needed it the most. This holiday season, I want you all to know that you are in my prayers, and I have asked God to Bless you and give all of you peace, love, and happiness to you and your families. Thank you all again, Love, Alyceson
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Raised by 431 people in 14 months
Created December 13, 2017
Tricia Kudla
on behalf of Christopher Kudla
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