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Conor's Medical Fund

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Raised by 177 people in 6 months
Created November 28, 2017
This page is created for my good friends Marc and Tara Milligan and the toughest little man I know, Conor.

Conor, a curly-haired two-year-old cutie has been a fighter since birth, having been born with congenital heart defects that were surgically repaired at just five days old. Just before he turned a year old, Conor and the Milligan’s went through a second ordeal when Conor had a "rare-oma" removed. His oncologists called it that because they almost never catch neuroblastoma at such an early stage. Conor dodged the bullet. While the experience was scary, in some ways, Marc and Tara felt like outsiders in support groups- imposters because their little boy had a single tumor that doctors were able to remove with a single resection operation and without any chemo. Even more comforting was that the family was told that a relapse was all but impossible. This past Saturday after a few weeks of odd symptoms, the Milligan’s took Conor to the ER where they got the news that no one ever wants to hear. A team of doctors stood in a periadtric oncology ward and told the Milligans that Conor had relapsed - stage four high risk neuroblastoma with two tumors in his head, and more tests to follow that will determine if there are more throughout his body.

While a myriad of symptoms nagged the family over the past month, resulting in several trips to doctors’ appointments and ultimately the emergency room, they all pale in comparison to the road ahead. Conor will undergo at least 6 rounds of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation and a stem-cell transplant. The best-case scenario looks like 6-7 months of treatment, and that's only if his body cooperates along the way. Many cases of children with similar diagnoses have dragged on for much longer.

I’m reaching out to ask for help in supporting Conor’s fight and to help Marc and Tara to cover their mounting medical bills. As you can imagine, procedures for Conor’s treatment are very expensive and even with insurance, it is extremely difficult to make ends meet.

From the Milligans: 


“While this feels like a boulder dropped on our heads, it mostly feels surreal. None of the conversations and none of the consent forms for transplants and procedures feel real. We still have several important tests ahead that will complete the picture for us, but we know enough now to get started. While the road ahead is a scary one, we know that our sweet, stubborn little boy will give this fight everything he has.”
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Hi everyone, I have an update from Marc on Conor:

Please give everyone our love and thanks for their incredible generosity and love. That fund has made it possible to fight and try so many different things. We’re so grateful for your outpouring of love, support, and prayers. We were able to speak with Conor’s doctors at length today. They have one last ditch combination therapy to try that has about a 50 percent response rate. If his disease responds it could buy him another year or so. They can’t say for sure, but we’re going to start it tomorrow. If his disease doesn’t respond we probably only have weeks. We know Conor will give it his best like he has all along and we leave the rest to the Lord.
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Good morning,
Here's an update on Conor from the Milligans:

Conor lasted a whole five days at home, after round two, before he was back in the hospital for fever and low blood counts. Today he is having his stem cells harvested. He had a large catheter placed this morning and has been sedated all day while they pulled his blood out and sent it through a machine that will separate out the stem cells before returning the blood to his body. These cells will be given back to him after his fifth round of chemo. Round five will essentially obliterate his bone marrow and they will use the stem cells harvested today to rescue it. The nurses have been impressed and surprised at his ability to fight off the sedation all day, he keeps trying to wake up and has been requiring more and more anesthesia to keep him down.
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I'd like to thank each of you for your generosity, thoughts, prayers, and outpouring of support. We’ve almost reached our goal! All of our efforts are truly making a difference as you can tell from the update on Conor's situation:

We weren’t really sure what to expect with round 2 of chemotherapy - Conor was already so sick from the cancer when he started round one that it was hard to tell how much the chemo itself was affecting how he felt. Things couldn’t be more different this time around! He is taking this round like a champ, feeling good, with lots of energy still. He only has to be hooked up to his IV pole for about two hours each day and we get to spend the rest of the time taking walks around the floor and playing with “beep beeps”. He especially loves pushing this police car around the halls and making it crash into anything and everything. Crossing our fingers things keep going this well and he can come home for a bit on Saturday.
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This weeks update from Marc:

At the end of last week, Conor's hair started falling out. Of course, we knew it was coming and were expecting it to happen, but it still surprised me how hard it was. His hair is kind of his thing, we can't go anywhere without someone commenting on it, whether it is nicely combed with perfect curls, or he's run his fingers through it too many times and it is standing on end like a mad scientist. It kept getting in his mouth as it fell out, he would stop every few minutes and stick his tongue out so we could help him fish some hair out, so on Friday we decided to chop the bulk of it off. That helped a bit, but it was still quickly coming out and itching the back of his neck and still getting in his mouth, so last night we went ahead and got rid of the rest. Conor couldn't care less, but Finn is excited that all the boys in our family can have matching hair now.
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