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BELIEVE! Chris Kudla's Cancer Medical Fund

$47,238 of $100 goal

Raised by 455 people in 19 months
Created December 13, 2017
Fundraising Team
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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Hello everyone I am updating News from most recent scan that I received info on Tuesday.
So just to refresh everyone’s memory, this was the first scan since I restarted treatments after surgery. I did have to go back on the treatment because the tumors did grow in size slightly after surgery. But I’m more than glad to say that the results were positive! The main tumor went from 3.3 cm to 2.7 cm. Most of the other documented lymph nodes also got smaller. But what was very interesting, The radiologist documented that one of the lymph nodes were showing signs of necropolis. I was not exactly sure what this meant, but I guess it means that the inside of the lymph nodes shows like it’s dead. I asked the oncologist if that means there was no longer cancer in that lymph node and he said potentially yes. I guess it is hard to lock any doctor into a solid answer, but this seems very good.

I’m sorry I haven’t been able to keep in contact with all of you as much as I want to. Surprisingly, with taking care of the little ones over the summer, going to my physical therapy and chemo treatments; I have been pretty busy and I’m shocked to see that summer is almost over. There are so many things I want to do and people I want to spend time with, so for those of my close friends you haven’t heard for me in a while I greatly apologize. But please know that I think of you all the time, and I’m always continually grateful for your prayers and support.

And finally, progress on rehabbing the shoulder has been very slow and painful. The orthopedic doctor along with the therapist think that there may be many reasons for this; of course including how slow my body requires to healing, and with the chemotherapy. I do become quite frustrated at times because I am in more pain now than before I had the surgery. I just have to keep hoping and praying through the grace of God that I will recover. There was some talk of a second surgery because of my limited range of movement. But that idea was quickly quashed because there’s no way I could go through that kind of a protocol again to pre pair for treatment like that.

I am currently on vacation with my family in Florida. We were able to get a great deal for a Groupon beach villa, and our airfare was virtually free because we have been using everything through our Southwest card. I am enjoying all the time that I get to spend with my family at home; especially my dayghters. My little one brings so much joy to my face every morning when I see her wake up!
I will be following up shortly again, it will be very scary when I have to switch to cobra insurance; And see what that impact will be to our family. But I know through the continued support of all my friends and family and we will be OK. Stay safe everyone and God bless!
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Chris has been doing well. He is still in a great deal of pain from the shoulder surgery but he is working through it. Hopefully, he can start sleeping back in our bed soon :) He is scheduled for his scan tomorrow and we will get the results next Tuesday. So praying everything is stable or has improved. We are also taking our two girls to Florida for a few days. We all just want to sit on the beach and get away from everything and take a break.

Please keep us in your thoughts/prayers over the next week or so that scans are stable.

Thanks
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Hello friends and supporters. This update is in response to a recent article posted in the landmark newspaper. The only reason Tricia and I found out about this article was through someone who posted the article on Facebook. I can tell you I’m still sitting here scratching my head as to the content of the article. There was a lot of my personal information disseminated in it. There were some things that were blatant falsities. There are some things are not entirely correct. And there are some things that were true.

The article states that I declined to comment. This is not true. To the best of my knowledge I was never contacted to comment on anything. I would’ve loved to give my perspective on this, instead of what somebody else hoped I thought . And also, I really don’t know why they felt this was newsworthy anyways The ending of a 17 year career, succumb to an illness that was out of my control; and someone thought that this was an opportunity to try to make the village look like they did something good.
And then to try to make it look like all I have been doing is complaining on my updates. I would be more than happy to tell anyone the facts of what really went down, and why I had to file a grievance with the union and a complaint with the EEOC. I spent the last four months of my career fighting and upset and stressed out over something that could’ve been achieved the very first day. When I realized I didn’t want to deal with it anymore, I reached out to the village and made an offer which retracted my complaints and grievances. And I only asked for two months extra insurance for my family.

I’m not sure how this information got to the landmark, but it definitely did not come from me. I don’t know why the article felt certain things were relevant to this topic anyway, including the donations made over the last year to the go fund me account. Why is this relevant to my disability ? I can only speculate that somebody wanted to get ahead of the sick time issue. I’m not trying to make anyone look bad or good. I just tell the facts.

https://www.rblandmark.com/News/Articles/5-21-2019/Riverside-cop-battling-cancer-goes-on-disability/?utm_source=FacebookShare&utm_medium=FacebookShare&utm_campaign=FacebookShare&fbclid=IwAR1K9MtDj-IFh4nD8Z4eob6b-uKKqdYEtZAXuaKl2IxHtdyNjK_WV_GCofM
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So I’m gonna try to add on a little bit to what Tricia posted last week. Yes it’s been about a month since surgery and everything is going well with that. I’m going to the oncologist today to get the exact scan results. It was unclear if there was any new growth, or if everything that was there just got larger. But either way he did say I have to go back on the chemo therapy as soon as possible. I find all that out today. We were hoping I’d be able to give my body a longer break, but I guess that was not the case.

I have taken steps to wrap up the issues I was having with my employer. I can say it was a very stressful couple months, trying to work out all the specifics with all of the donated sick time in terms of my disability. Earlier this year a grievance was filed, and also a complaint with the EEOC. I came to an agreement where I withdrew the grievance and the complaint. I did not get everything I was hoping for, but at least I am more satisfied with the outcome. I do understand that running the village is like running a business. I wish some things would’ve came out different, but at least that chapter is resolved, and over.

I would personally like to thank members of the police department who were extremely supportive of me during this time, especially elected members of the FOP board, and my Chief. The only thing that really kept me going was knowing I had all these fine men and women supporting me. I really miss all of them and being on the street with them. This is something that will take a while for me to adjust to. But I know in my heart right now it’s what I need.

I will follow up again shortly after I see my oncologist, and see what the prognosis is for us going forward. I’m hopeful that going back on the chemo therapy will get everything under control again. It is managing all the side effects of the medicine now that is so difficult, but I did it before and I can do it again . Keep all that support and prayers coming, my family will need it as we make this transition over the next couple of months. I’m hopeful that in the future I can find some sort of work to help with the increased cost that we’re going to incur from the COBRA insurance. But I’ll worry about that when we get there. I love you all and talk to you soon.

CK
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Raised by 455 people in 19 months
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