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Chris' Fight with Cancer

$55,800 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 317 people in 4 months
Created January 22, 2019
Chris, age 44, husband and  father of two with a baby on the way is battling cancer...

In January of 2016 Chris was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer.  Over the last three years he has fought through two MAJOR surgeries, countless rounds of chemo and participated in a medical trial. At one point in this battle he had beaten back the cancer so much so that MD Anderson found him to be cancer free. A former United States Marine, Chris' ability to bear down and grit it out when the going gets tough is part of who he is.

In fact, If you didn't know it and bumped into Chris 6 months ago, chances are that you would not have been able to detect that he was sick. He had been as active with his family and in his church as he had ever been. Baseball tournaments with Zach (13), gymnastics with Zoe (8), a loving husband to his wife April, who together are expecting their 3rd child, Zayden, in June. (Update: On 1/25/19, April went in for a routine 2nd trimester check-up and they couldn't find a heartbeat and learned that Baby Zayden had passed.) 
Chris attends daily mass regularly at St. Hyacinth and he even directed a Men's ACTS retreat in 2018. He has met this fight with a smile on his face and the name of Jesus on his lips.  

In Mid 2018, Chris began to experience more difficulties as the cancer spread into his bowels. As you can imagine, not being able to eat has caused dramatic weight loss - 80 lbs and counting.  As of January of 2019, he and April have decided, along with his doctors to stop treatment and move to hospice.

People often ask Chris and April - how can I help?  This battle hasn't been easy for Chris and his family and it has been expensive as well. Countless medical bills, Chris being unable to work and no life insurance policy to ease future worries, only add to the stress. Funds that you donate will greatly help Chris,  April and their children -- Today with medical costs and tomorrow for Zach and Zoe's future.

Thank you for any help that you can provide.

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Last weekend, a group of friends from Chris' softball community and church hosted a first annual charity softball tournament for April, Zach and Zoe. Ten teams competed, including Chris' old team which came together for a reunion game. Fun and great food was enjoyed by all!

April, Zach, Zoe and Chris' parents, John and Tuye, were in attendance. They are doing well, though not a moment goes by that they don't think about their husband, dad and son. The outpouring of love and support for Chris and his family continues to warm their hearts.

Thank you for your continued prayers and well wishes!
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St. Hyacinth's was filled to capacity for Chris' funeral Mass yesterday (Thursday, 2/21/19) - there were over 75 cars in the funeral procession! An awesome demonstration of God's love pouring out upon Chris' family and all that mourn him. Chris was surely smiling down on us from heaven.

April and her entire family are beyond grateful for all of the support that you have shown. Thank You
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Chris' funeral will be held this Thursday (2/ 21) at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church. Address: 2921 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536

9:00 - 10:00 am - Viewing
10:00 -11:00 am - Rosary
11:00 - Noon - Funeral Mass
*Reception will be held at St. Hyacinth (Guyot Hall) directly after the burial service.

** Burial service will be held at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Address: 7801 Gulf Fwy, Dickinson, TX 77539

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Raised by 317 people in 4 months
Created January 22, 2019
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