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Danielle Dick & Family Fundraiser

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Raised by 545 people in 14 months
Created June 20, 2017
Our sweet, loving and caring, Danielle Dick (Gorges) is 31 years old, pregnant with twins, and battling Metastatic Melanoma.

Danielle currently lives in Goddard, KS with her husband, Tyler and their two year old daughter, Taylor.

It all started seven years ago when Tyler noticed a strange mole on Danielle's back. She went to a dermatologist who took a biopsy of the mole and said it was benign. Within a year, the mole had grown back and still looked odd. They decided to get a second opinion at a different dermatology clinic where a biopsy was found to be melanoma. Surgery was performed in the fall of 2011 to remove the melanoma and pathology results deemed that no further treatment was required. Danielle underwent several scans that failed to find any other areas of cancer. She has kept appointments at the dermatologist every six months since, which have found no new sites of melanoma on her skin. After 5 years being clear of melanoma, Danielle was considered cured of the disease.

Danielle and Tyler welcomed a healthy baby girl, Taylor, in June 2015. This past December, Danielle became pregnant with twins. She was having a more symptomatic pregnancy this time; feeling more fatigued and having a hard time finding her words.  When Tyler arrived home from work on April 29th, he found her unable to speak a single phrase. They immediately went to the hospital where they found that Danielle had three brain masses and two masses in her abdominal wall. On May 1st, Danielle underwent brain surgery to remove the masses. Two days later, the abdominal masses were also removed. All were found to be melanoma, likely spread from the original mole. Danielle came home on May 5th and has recovered well from surgery. The twins were monitored frequently in the hospital and are also doing well. 

They have had appointments with several doctors who are trying to develop the best plan for Danielle and the babies. Danielle and Tyler went to MD Anderson in Houston to meet with a melanoma specialist who will continue to communicate with Danielle's oncologist in Wichita so she can receive treatment here.

In the first few weeks of June, Danielle received radiation on the sites of the removed brain masses. 
She had full body MRI scans that unfortunately showed more growth in her body. Danielle was positive for a specific medication and is able to receive limited treatment while pregnant. Finally good news!

The twins will be delivered early in the beginning of July so Danielle can start full treatment. The twins will be born at 29 weeks and will spend a few months in the NICU. Each placenta will be tested for melanoma, which, in rare cases, may spread to babies.

Please share Danielle's story so others will become more aware of this disease and take necessary action to prevent it. It seems that skin cancer is often seen as easily treatable and not a serious issue, which is obviously not the case.

Danielle, Tyler, Taylor and the twins are very humbled by your generosity and are thankful to everyone who has helped!

Please be careful while in the sun and wear sunscreen!
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It breaks our hearts to tell you that Danielle passed away last night.

She took a sudden turn worst last Friday before starting treatment. The leptomeningeal disease spread faster than anyone was expecting. There was enough time that family was able to make it to Houston to spend time with her.

Tyler was laying with her when she passed peacefully.

We are all heartbroken and devastated and can’t imagine a life without Danielle. Please keep us all in your prayers as we try to navigate a life without her, especially Tyler, Taylor, Reagan, and Colby.
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It’s been a pretty rough several days! But Danielle is strong and she has an amazing husband by her side. We are so incredibly lucky to have Tyler! He is an amazing caregiver!

Latest update from Tyler:
Since our last update, Danielle has had a new omaya catheter placed and is now in the melanoma unit where she will begin treatment on Monday. The past two weeks and two surgeries have worn Danielle out. She has been struggling with nausea, confusion, speech issues, and weakness. Each of these do seem to be improving a little each day. The remainder of this week will be used to build her strength up and prepare her to start treatment on Monday. Treatment will begin with intrathecal (meaning into the spinal fluid) immunotherapy. She may be eligible for a clinical trial in the upcoming weeks. Continued treatment and frequency will depend on her assessment and diagnostics. This isn't the start we were expecting coming down here, but we are glad that Danielle was here when she started feeling worse. She has received great care at MD Anderson and after a pep-talk from her melanoma doctor this morning, we are ready for her to start what we came here for.

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and continued support. You all mean so much to us.
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Hello everyone, I am sending this update on behalf of Danielle and Tyler.

From Tyler: When we got to Houston, Dani started feeling more sick and her omaya catheter was bulging. Spinal fluid started leaking out of the incision on Monday night, so we went to the ER and she was admitted. There is concern that the omaya was infected, so Dani had surgery yesterday to take it out. She is getting IV antibiotics while cultures are looking for infection in her spinal fluid and the removed hardware. Once the infection (if there is one) is cleared, the plan will be to place a new omaya and start treatment shortly after. She has a drain in her head that is allowing excess spinal fluid to drain. She will be in the ICU as long as the drain is in, which will be at least a few more days. She is having problems with nausea, memory, and speech after surgery/anesthesia but is more herself as time goes on. She has gotten up to a chair a couple times.

This is a little bit of a setback but of course she is still smiling! I’ve got one strong sister!
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Hey Everyone!

Danielle and Tyler are down in Houston for the beginning of her month stay at MD Anderson for treatment. They arrived on Saturday and have been having testing done to prepare for the treatment. They are planning on being admitted into the hospital on Tuesday and start the first round of treatment. She will have four days of treatment and three days of rest for the four weeks. Tyler will be down there with her the whole time and I am hoping to go down the second or third week. I will try to update everyone around that time. As for Taylor, Reagan, and Colby, they will be well taken care of by both sets of grandparents. I am sure they won't get spoiled at all! ;)

Good thoughts and prayers are much appreciated for Danielle and Tyler during this time. The treatment is intense and Danielle is expected to get pretty sick. Also, not being able to see the kids is will be tough on them.

As always a BIG thank you to ALL of Danielle's supporters! And a special shout out to her team of specialist, doctors, and nurses that care for her!

Miracles happen everyday and Danielle will be one of them! Hoping and praying for good news after this!
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