Help Fight Chad's Battle

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Raised by 1,331 people in 10 months
Created September 12, 2018
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on behalf of Chad Demers
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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Update: Similar to our last checkup at Mayo, today we did not get exactly the most optimistic report we were hoping to hear. The area of concern that was pointed out on Chad’s previous MRI has gotten larger. It is impossible to know whether this is due to tumor recurrence or simply scar tissue/necrosis resulting from the massive dose of radiation he received. His doctors are fairly confident that it is not tumor recurrence, however the only way to know for sure would be to do surgery again which his doctors prefer to avoid for as long as possible. We will return again in two months to do all of the tests and will also meet with his team of doctors to see where we go from there. We pray the next appointments will provide us some much needed relief! Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!
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Update: We didn’t have the most relieving check ups at Mayo this time around... not bad, not good either, more of a wait and see. There is a small spot of concern that has revealed itself on Chad’s MRI. The spot has gotten slightly larger since his last scan. The doctors are confident that it is scar tissue/post radiation changes because it is in the exact spot where Chad received his highest dose of radiation. However, there is the possibility that this could be tumor regrowth so the doctors will continue to monitor it and we will return to Mayo in 6 weeks to check on everything again. We hope to have more clarity at that point. We are staying positive and we will continue to fight! A few extra prayers and positive thoughts are appreciated.
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Another good report today from Chad’s doctors at Mayo! The treatment appears to be working and they are happy with his progress to date. We will continue doing exactly what we’ve been doing as long as everything continues to go smoothly. He will start his next round of chemo this week and we will return in two months for his next round of scans and appointments. He continues to feel good and does not have any limitations on what he is able to do! We’ll keep winning one day at a time ❤️
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Another positive trip to Mayo this week. Chad’s scans showed no signs of tumor regrowth! His doctors are very happy with his scans and his progress to this point. He will continue his chemo treatment at home and we will return to Mayo in 6 weeks for follow up. Chad is now wearing a head device called the Novocure Optune. He refers to himself as “Captain Cordhead” (Google Optune) - Glad he can find some humor in it! This device helps prevent cancer cells from spreading in his brain. It has taken us some time to get used to as it is quite the process to apply. However, we’ve grown accustomed to the application process and Chad has been a rockstar about wearing and tolerating it as it can be a bit of an inconvenience. It has been working so far so we’ll continue to do whatever it takes. Thank you for your continued love and prayers!
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