Staying Cade Strong! Join Team Cade
Cade Wegener is not your typical little boy. He is one of the most gentle, compassionate, beautiful little souls you will ever meet. He is my cousin's son, and they have been through so much already. Now, the doctors are thinking the worst: Cancer. Not one person has come into contact with this young boy, and not been a better person for knowing him. He has touched more lives than any kid I've ever known, and his genuine love for all people is infectious. Cade has a following like I've never seen for a young kid. You see, Cade has down syndrome. But not once has he ever let that hold him back from doing what his heart was set on. He is a teammate on the Berryhill Chiefs football team, and not only is he the heart and soul of the team, he brings the encouragement and the high fives to each and every game. Not to mention the water! Their #1 jersey couldn't be worn by a more deserving kid! So now Cade needs our help. I know that there are thousands of people that just adore Cade, and if you have ever met him you would know why. He has yet to meet someone and not have some kind of impact on them. All he wants is to love, and to be loved. His innocence is unmatched, and his heart is incomparable.
Cade's Mom is my cousin, April Wegener. Her and her husband Chris have always been such loving, hard working parents that have always made their family their top priority. They have a healthy, Christian home where they have taught their children to love God, and to love people. And Cade does just that! I am setting up this account in hopes that we can show Chris and April the same support they have shown countless others over the years. I know everyone is praying, and they appreciate that more than we will ever know. But I want to take it one step further and give this remarkable family some financial support. While their baby boy lies in a hospital bed, they sit by patiently waiting, praying for a favorable outcome. There is no way I could work during this time if I were Cade's parents. I would be right by his bedside every second of every hour of every day. My life would go on an indefinite hold. Unfortunately, when our lives are halted by an unexpected illness or tragedy, the world continues to turn, and the bills continue to come in. Now, I am not fully aware of their financial situation, but one thing I do know is that as many people love this family, and as many "fans" as Cade has acquired over the years, we should not have a problem coming up with some money to help offset this time off for Cade's parents. I have never set up a Go Fund account, but I just feel in my heart it is the right thing to do for this selfless family.
Can you contribute? If not, that is perfectly fine, but please continue to pray, as you cannot put a value on answered prayers. However, if you feel it in your heart to assist this awesome family with a financial contribution, and show them the same love and support Cade has always shown others, then please do not hesitate to make a donation to this young, innocent boy's family. Cancer sucks!! And the people that go through it, including their families, are some of the strongest people there are. Yet here lies little Cade in a hospital bed, looking at possibly the worst diagnosis conceiveable, nevertheless he wears a smile, he laughs, and he continues on with the steadfast love that he is so well known for. If we all work together, we can come alongside this family in their time of great need, and hopefully alleviate some of the unneeded stress that they really need not worry about right now.
I know I can say one thing on Chris and April's behalf, and that is thank you all for the constant prayers that everyone has been sending up, and please continue to do so. And also, thank you in advance to everyone who is willing and able to contribute to their Go Fund Me account. 100% of these proceeds will go straight to the Wegener family, and you can rest assured, knowing that you will be helping one of the most deserving families you will ever know.
Thank you for your consideration, and may God bless this family in their time of uncertainty. And may God bless the ones who pray for them, and the ones who make a monetary contribution to help them when they need it most. We love you Cade! Stay strong little cuz!
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Here is a thought: consider a $25.00 or a $50.00 donation to this family. Pray about it, and if you feel led to give this or more to this cause, then please do so. I know how many people are in Cade's corner, and I realize the impact he has made on countless lives. Now, can we not show him that same support, only monetarily? A few dollars cannot compare to the influence this young boy has had on hundreds, possibly thousands of peoples' lives. He has always kept a very positive attitude, knowing that God is in control of everything, no matter what. He has faith that would move mountains, and he is constantly loving on people. That is all Cade has ever wanted: to love and to be loved by people. He hasn't a hateful bone in his body, which is more than I can say for most, including myself, and he only wants people to feel this great love that is just overflowing from his huge heart. If he could love on every person on the planet, I have no doubt he would line us all right up and go right down the line, loving on each and every one of us. But the love that Cade has is not your typical hugs and kisses. No, Cade has a love that surpasses all reasoning, and all understanding. We cannot begin to understand just how much he loves people, because we ourselves were not fortunate enough to inherit such a trait. However, we can come together in his time of need, and show Cade just how many people out there are cheering him on every step of the way. Let's show him just how much we appreciate the love that he offers to us, even though we could never repay it with even a million hugs! Take a stand against cancer today! When you stand with this family, know that you are standing on God's promise of healing, and His promise to never let us carry more than we can bear. I am proud to be a part of this family, and I look forward to the miracles that are taking place inside Cade's body even as I type this post this morning. I pray for conviction and I pray for persuasion on behalf of this GoFundMe account, and I thank you for Chris, April, Cade, and our whole family, for continuing to pray, and also for getting involved and contributing to the cause. If there was ever a youngster that deserved to see just what people can do when they come together, it would be Cade Wegener. There's not a more loving, more positive, more faithful person to be found. Can we please show him just what we can do with social media and the internet platforms??! If 200 people will share this, and possibly donate, I have no doubt we can get Cade's story to go viral on the web, and the outcome of that would probably be more than the Wegener family would ever need. You know, every penny is automatically deposited into the Wegener bank account, and I am doing this solely because I love to help people, especially people like Cade that deserve so much out of life. And watching him go through all of this just struck a nerve in my heart, and I wanted to reach out and do something. As we all want to help when we see someone in need, I just wanted to try and lighten the load financially for this wonderful family, and let them think on the things that matter most, i.e. Cade. I love Cade, he is my little cousin, and we live 30 minutes from each other and have never even met. By fault of my own, of course. I could have reached out and I never did. Now April, Chris and I have reconnected, and I look forward to the day I can scoop him up in my arms and love on him as if there is no tomorrow. I so look forward to feeling the love that I have only heard about thus far. But then again, you can feel it just by looking at his pictures! What better time have you found to sponsor such a meaningful, worthy cause? I have yet to find one. But until then, let us come together and really push this campaign over the edge. Let's show Cade just how much we do appreciate his unwavering faith and love! Oh, how much we could learn from a child! Let's all take something from this young boy. Let us all learn a lesson on love. Won't you help me help Cade? Thank you in advance for sharing Cade's message, and thank you for not only the donations you make, but also the donations and prayers that come in due to you sharing this page. Cade is counting on us to rally behind him! I know for a fact he has never let any of us down, so let's return that favor to him now. Again, please help me to help Cade, and share this as many times and on as many platforms as you would like. I would also be interested in hearing just how Cade and his family has touched your lives. Please share if you don't mind. Thank you! God bless and thanks again for all of your prayers and support!!
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Cade Update 11/12/15: Well, they say "no news is good news," but I know we're all just ready for some news. The doctor told us they are still waiting to hear back from St. Jude on the final pathology report. So, it's not bad news. We are just anxious to know so we can get the plan & get him on the road to recovery. The good news is that they are being very, very diligent and thorough, which will give us the best plan of action going forward. They need to determine whether it's a "low-grade" or "high-grade" sarcoma and this will help determine the best treatment/course of action. He is more than likely going to have to have a major surgery. Because of the location of the tumor (near the spine), it's going to be delicate and take a very skilled, specialised, and confident surgeon. The oncologist is sending his films to such a surgeon in OKC. She will determine if she can do the surgery & if not she will recommend someone else. There is also a chance that Cade will have to do some combination of chemo & radiation therapy either before or after surgery (or both). Dr. K (oncologist) will call us as soon as he hears from St. Jude's with the final pathology. He expects next Wed or Thurs. He is also confident that we will have a plan in the next two weeks. We want to thank everyone of you that is standing in the gap and fervently praying for Cade and all of us. We have a real peace and know this peace only comes from God. Cade will be healed and all the glory to God Almighty.
Cade update, November 7, 2015:
I know everyone that loves Cade and cares about us has been anxiously awaiting the final pathology report regarding his biopsies. We finally got the oncologist on the phone and he said that they still just had the preliminary report and they have sent it to St. Jude to be read by the experts there. They feel certain that it is Sarcoma (cancer), they just aren't sure exactly which type of sarcoma. Once this is determined, then we can devise a treatment plan that is best for Cade. They hope to have the final path by this coming Thursday when we have an appointment scheduled with the oncologists. The plan will more than likely include some combination of a major surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Because of the location, we will need a specialized Pediatric orthopedic surgeon (the best), that can reconstruct part of his vertebrae.
Thank each and every one of you for loving Cade, and for your support & prayers. We have been overwhelmed, moved and inspired by all of it. Please continue to pray for Cade and all of us. We have a battle ahead, and we are trusting God to see us through. He has us in His hand and we will praise Him in this storm.