Help Fight Chad's Battle

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Raised by 1,194 people in 9 days
Created September 12, 2018
Chad Demers, a 1st Lieutenant in the United State Air Force, is courageously fighting a battle with cancer and needs our help.  A Grafton, North Dakota native, Chad started his successful athletic career in this small town after countless hours spent playing with his two brothers, parents, neighbors and friends dear to the Demers. He went on to lead the Grafton Spoilers to the hockey state title in 2008. Chad fell in love with high school sweetheart, Danika Demers (Carpenter) junior year of high school, before continuing his career with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. Chad then received a scholarship to the U.S. Air Force Academy and started in over 150 games and scored 126 points for them. He graduated from the Academy in 2015 and spent 3 years as an Acquisitions Officer at Los Angeles Air Force Base. This last spring he, his wife Danika, and their 6 month old son Beau Stanley moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota where he is currently stationed.

On Sept 7th, Chad had emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor discovered only the day before, and was soon informed it was cancerous. He and his family have a long and tough road ahead as he will be traveling weekly to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he will be receiving the best treatment possible to beat this cancer.  Because of this, Danika will be in and out of her job as a teacher and extensive travel and hotel stays will be required. Donations will go directly to the family to help offset costs such as medical and travel expenses.  

Every donation no matter the amount is appreciated. Chad is an amazing husband, father, son, and friend to all; he and his family truly deserve the world. His family also believes in the power of prayer. Therefore, we ask that you give in that way too. We know Chad would do anything to help a friend or stranger in need alike, and we hope to collectively do the same for him. 

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Happy Friday, everyone! Chad and I are in Rochester again on day 3 of appointments and we wanted to give you all an update on Chad’s status as we finally received more information this week. It is sort of a mix of bad and good news. The pathology report came back and showed that Chad does have a grade IV glioblastoma which is the most aggressive and most common brain tumor there is. However, there is a silver lining...Chad also possesses what is called the IDH mutant which is only found in ~5-10% of glioblastomas. This is critically important because doctors have found that when the IDH protein is present in the tumor patients have responded better to the treatment and the cancer growth has slowed. There is a statistically significant correlation between IDH presence and prolonged life so it has a major effect on Chad’s prognosis.
During this trip we met with both our radiation oncologist and medical oncologist and went over the treatment plan. Here how that sits right now: Chad will start radiation and chemotherapy on Oct. 1. He will do radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks. His chemo will be in pill form and he will do that every single day for the first 6 weeks. He will then go home and get a month break before starting chemo again. This time the chemo will be 5 days a week for 6 months. We will continue to meet with our doctors regularly throughout all of the treatment to ensure Chad is responding favorably. All in all, we have to hit it hard for the next 8 months and then see where we are at.
Again, we appreciate all of the support so much and it has made such a difference during this unfortunate time! We are so grateful for you all and we ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers as the fight is just beginning.

Danika, Chad, and Beau
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We are truly overwhelmed by all of the love, support, prayers, and donations. We cannot even express our thanks and gratitude for everyone’s generosity and prayers.
We met with the medical oncology team at Mayo today and received information in regards to Chad’s brain cancer, but we still do not have the final pathology results from the tumor. They did inform us that it is indeed a high grade tumor, which is devastating news. Chad will begin radiation in roughly 3 weeks, once his brain heals from tumor removal surgery. The radiation will take place at Mayo Monday-Friday with weekends off for a total of 6 weeks. After radiation, Chad will begin chemotherapy. We now have a treatment plan in place, but we are still trying to fathom the entire situation. It is all very surreal because Chad feels and looks great.
The Mayo team has been wonderful to work with so far and we know we are in a great place. We have a long road ahead of us, but Chad is a fighter.
On behalf of the three of us (Chad, Beau, & I) and our families, we THANK ALL OF YOU from the bottom of our hearts❤️ We simply ask to keep the prayers coming . The Lord works in mysterious ways. We will continue to provide updates as best as we can during this time of uncertainty.

Danika Demers
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Wow! We first shared the link just over five hours ago and we have already reached our goal. We are blown away by the support and can't thank everyone enough for their donations. The support speaks volumes of the love everyone has for Chad and Danika. As it is early in the process, we do not know the exact costs the family will face so we are raising the goal to $40k. Thanks to all!
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