COLE NEEDS OUR HELP!
On October 31st, of this year, Cole received the devastating news that he has large B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It can be a very aggressive form of cancer. Cole started chemotherapy on November 24th.
To those of us who know him, Cole is a vibrant young man, a great friend to all and an accomplished athlete. He grew up in Cloverdale. He attended Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School. Cole played hockey for Cloverdale Minor, was drafted to the Swift Current Broncos WHL hockey team and in 2011 was named Captain of the West Valley Hawks Major Midget team. Until his diagnosis in October, he was an active team member with the New Westminster Salmon Bellies Jr A Lacrosse Team.
With your support we would like to rally together to help Cole kick cancer’s ass!
Will you please consider joining us?
The Bevan family is humbled by our desire to help and at this point are unsure of what their medical plans will cover. They are also unsure of what additional expenses may be incurred, but are grateful for the campaign we want to create, through GOFUNDME, to financially support Cole.
Our intention, with your help, is to raise $20,000 or more for Cole’s benefit and to do this as quickly as possible. That is the sole purpose of this campaign.
As most of us are parents with kids, many around Cole’s age, we cannot begin to imagine the impact that this journey will have on Cole, his family and the day-to-day routines we take for granted.
Our thought is that this campaign will help to alleviate some of the stress for the Bevan’s. We are not going to limit this fundraising effort just to reducing Cole’s treatment or medication expenses. Our idea is to create a fund that will support any need that is in direct alignment with returning Cole to good health or helps in any way to energize him.
Many of us have been here before with friends, family and acquaintances. This challenge lands families with spending tens of thousands of dollars on additional treatments and unexpected expenses. Our intention is to substantially reduce this burden for the Bevan’s so they can focus on Cole’s healing.
Cole and his family are overwhelmed with the community’s desire to rally around them and will be forever grateful to each and every one of you. Please consider yourself part of Cole’s extended family and join us in pulling together to help him fight one of his biggest battles.
Thank you again for all of your support. Together, as a community, let’s rock this - for Cole and for his family!
We’ve created what GOFUNDME refers to as Reward Levels, but are putting a different spin on them. Instead of you receiving a direct reward for supporting Cole, outside of the feeling of knowing you are helping him return to his usual vibrance, Cole gets the reward of whatever level you feel most called to support him with, at the level that best suits you.
Please choose whichever Reward Level resonates for you and if you are inclined to donate a dollar amount that is not part of the Reward Levels please go right ahead.
Every amount is vital for us to land on raising the campaign goal of $20,000 or more.
The Bevan Family (pictured below) will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for giving what you can afford or feel called to contribute.
Hippocrates said, “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”
Ahead of however you choose to support Cole’s healing, thank you for giving him the opportunity of relying on his extended family to help him get there.
Please accept our deep gratitude for considering to become a part of Cole’s Healing Team.
As a way to extend the reach of this GOFUNDME campaign and to help raise as much money for Cole as we can, please consider sending this through to your various social media contacts. Thank you.
Your amazing and profoundly generous support for Cole has me realize that life has a pattern, a rhythm, a beauty, a natural rise and fall.
Whatever holds all of this together has clearly shown me and hopefully you, that when we trust it most, it is capable of holding the dearest of lives together as well.
During the many sunsets since establishing this campaign and inviting you to participate, I have watched the sun disappear into the clouds or the water. I’ve watched it go. And today I know it was us who have been doing the leaving.
The sun stays on the same place, it shines on and on. We remain patient and rest until we can see it again.
As we close Cole’s campaign, exceeding the $20,000 goal, I thank you, the ones responsible. I’m flooded with awe and amazement.
As I write this, Cole continues his treatments. While early results show encouraging signs, there is still a journey ahead. Cole and his family continue to fight and think positively.
They ask me to share their gratitude for your contributions, your support, your love and your caring.
Please join me in applauding loudly for the gathering of intended wellness, healing and profound good wishes of love for Cole.
With deep gratitude.
Thank you for waiting for the sun to rise again.
She shares, “I can’t believe it’s been 2 ½ months since our world was turned upside down. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to give you an update - the time seems to have flown by.
The past 2 ½ months have been a roller coaster ride of emotions, as you can all imagine.
When Cole was first diagnosed, we immediately researched what Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma was in order to prepare ourselves for what was to come. I explained our findings to a friend of mine and she said that when a loved one gets diagnosed with cancer you are forced to become an expert in a disease that you have no desire to know anything about. I couldn’t have explained my feelings any better.
We’ve read about the potential side effects to different chemo treatments, what chemo might do to the fertility of a young man undergoing such treatment and what the chance of recovery is. All things you don’t ever want to think about, but the entire time knowing there is no guarantee to any of it.
We’ve had to watch Cole go through multiple procedures that ranged from simple X-rays, CT & PET scans, to a painful bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture (also known as a spinal tap). Even though some of these were indeed painful, Cole never complained. I would ask him, like any parent would, how bad was that procedure? His answers were always the same, “not bad”. He never wants anybody to worry.
For anyone who has been exposed to cancer either themselves or supporting a loved one going through it, I think you would all agree, the Cancer Clinic is an amazing place.
The patients are going through some of the roughest treatments imaginable and yet they are happy and joking with each other, their attitude is infectious. The nurses and doctors are always friendly and willing to answer any question you may have and if at first you don’t understand, they always slow it down until you do. They never make you feel stupid for asking it, and believe me, much to Cole’s embarrassment at times, I’ve had questions.
As of now, Cole is almost half way through his journey. He has had 3 of 6 CHOP-R chemo treatments and 1 of 4 Methotrexate hospital treatments.
During this entire process Cole has continuously displayed an amazingly positive attitude which helps everyone around him.
He’s been poked so many times we’ve lost count, his hair is gone, he has bouts of nausea, he’s had to give himself injections to boost his white blood cell count, and now he seems to be getting infections from simple skin ailments just because his immune system is compromised. He never complains.
Cole goes to the gym with his girlfriend almost every day to keep his strength up and he’s even been able to take advantage of the cold weather and play shinny on the frozen fields with his friends.
We have been blessed with a wonderful support system. Cole’s friends immediately rallied around him.
The night of his diagnosis they all showed up at the house to remind him that he wasn’t alone in his battle. Our family and friends have continued to be right by our side this entire time.
This Gofundme account that was set up on our behalf (thank you so much for you contribution), and the impromptu hockey game that turned into such a huge success are overwhelming displays of how lucky we are to have the friends we do.
But it’s also the simple things that help us on a day to day basis.
It’s the messages we constantly receive just “checking in” to make sure we are ok and remind us that our friends and family are there if we need absolutely anything, to the meals that were dropped off so we don’t have to cook when we get home from a chemo treatment.
All of this has been so wonderful and has helped us get through the difficult Christmas season.
We sincerely want to express our gratitude to everyone that has continued to support Cole and our family through this difficult period.
Thank you so much for your kind words and support. We feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful, caring people and appreciate every one of you beyond what words can say.”
The Bevan Family
It seems that there is a lot of chatter about 2016 being a challenging year. That sentiment is certainly widely expressed on social media.
Yet I am in awe of how we, as a community, have gathered around Cole. To date we are close to 87% or $17,330 towards our $20,000 campaign goal.
I am about to withdraw the first dispersement in my name, through GOFUNDME, and give it, on your behalf, to Cole and his family via a money transfer.
As the campaign coordinator and friend of Cole and the Bevan family I invite you to send Cole even more wishes for good health as this first amount reaches him and begins to provide the necessities and comfort you wished for him by donating to his campaign.
With 2017 just around the corner it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
On behalf of Cole and his family, thank you so much for making this campaign part of your giving for 2016.
Join me in trusting we’ll complete the campaign goal in no time.
Here’s to Cole and the positive progress we all hope is in store for him.
And here’s to an amazing 2017 for you and all those you love.
Happy New Year!
Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. - Mattie Stepanek
This collective of ours, this big family of ours just raised over $9,000 for Cole at tonight's scrimmage at the Langley Sportsplex.
With so many familiar faces, it made me proud to be part of the collective who wholeheartedly have Cole’s back. And it took me but a moment to recognize we would have any one’s back who needed us.
What made me most proud, as a Mother, was to see the learning our boys are having as they step up to support Cole. The leadership they are demonstrating is so inspiring.
What an incredible event. Lifelong friends playing together. Having fun. All for their friend. So many - family and friends - cheering them on. Cole was right there with them, he suited up for the game and he was great.
It's clear that when there's a battle to be fought our community knows exactly what to do - come together, with a shared vision and cheer hard! Cole, as you fight this battle, know that we are right beside you cheering you on!
Heartfelt thanks are extended to Terri-Lee Horvath, Royce Rossignol and Adam Rossignol. You were the inspiration behind tonight's great celebration. Your commitment to make it happen is sincerely appreciated by all in attendance.
Coles parents were so incredibly humbled. They are so appreciative and thankful. I can only imagine how loved they know their son is by watching the community coming together for Cole... for them.
You are, we are and together we make up a very unique community.
Imagine, as our children witness this outpouring of love and support what it is they get to take away into their formative years. It is no doubt creating another generation of people who will treasure and show the value and importance of relationship and thinking and acting for others.
Tonight was an outpouring of love. Thank you for your part in it.