Derek Wilson's Post Surgery Fund
People from around the world are sending love, prayers, blessings, kind words, food and flowers to him. All of those gestures are so warmly accepted and appreciated by Derek and his family during this trying time. But if you know Derek Wilson, you know that his name is synonymous with selflessness and giving and, if you are able, we truly think now is the time to reciprocate his unfaltering generosity. Derek has made it very clear that he in no way expects anyone to contribute financially, in fact, he was against the idea all together, but if you are able, any contribution and a considered note would surely be appreciated…once he’s over being mad at us!
Derek is truly one of the hardest working people in the business and everything he does he does with grace, humility, warmth and without a single grievance. With Derek's recovery time uncertain, it is unclear when he will be able to return to work. In the interim, any contributions, however big or small, will help out immensely so that he can focus not on providing for his family but on what is truly important to his loved ones - his full and speedy recovery.
We greatly appreciate your support and well wishes for our dear friend, our colleague who’s never a boss and always a leader, our teacher, our brother, Mister Derek Wilson.
DW’s recent touring family
Derek and Whitney
A recent photo of Derek on his day off in Dubai
Derek and his lovely bride, Dawn
"It has been a long journey without a doubt, and I continue to be appreciative to everyone for their continuous love and support during the past six months. Please know that each and every one of you were a huge factor in contributing to "saving my life," Having your team support was a huge part of my healing process.
I am still consulting with two doctors, which I will have to be routinely monitored for my PSA levels for the next year. My therapist advised for me to return back, into what I love to do best, slowly. I was offered a week worth of work and then a run in Las Vegas in which I am able to sit in one place until the 12th. This will truly be a great way to acclimate to working and gives me the opportunity to wean my way back into the work force at a pace I can take it day by day.
Due to all of you surrounding me with continuous love and support, I was able to change my test into a testimony and shift life's priorities which are quite different now. Being classified as a survivor, supporting the cause of others who have gone through and are presently going through this is my main priority now. I am still attending my support groups and advocating for community support groups to reach the huge gap of men not being educated about prostate cancer and/or men who have cancer who are stuck in a negative space not knowing what resources and supports are available to them for a positive outlook and recovery.
Last week, after a long interview process I was elected to the board of directors of US Too Organization which is an internationally known organization providing faster and easier access to accurate and objective educational materials and resources to help men and their spouses/partners and families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection, treatment options and related side effects.
We all know that knowledge is power. Knowledge begins with awareness and basic information about prostate cancer including prevalence, high-risk populations, testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Every man has a responsibility to take control of managing his care to ensure that he’s not over-treated or under-treated. And the information required to effectively manage prostate cancer can be much more extensive than what might be needed for managing many other diseases. In addition to active surveillance or watchful waiting as potential options, there are several types of treatments and multiple therapies and combinations available to eliminate or manage the disease. It’s also important to recognize that any treatment will have side effects. The extent to which they are present, their duration, and overall impact on quality of life will vary for each man.
My wife asked for me to share with you that she is humbly grateful for the love and kindness all of you have expressed to her during this challenging time. Your support provided encouragement to keep her lifted in faith to stay strong to help me through the surgery and ongoing recovery process.
Thank you to all of you who are definitely a part of saving my life and through your support I will continue this fight and will be able to help save others.
With sincere appreciation and love,
Thank you, all!!!
In under two weeks 74 people have donated to contribute just shy of an overwhelming $56,000! Well over our original goal! Truly a mark of the man! The sincerest gratitude to everyone for your time, contributions, thoughts and well wishes! Your warmth has been well received! And your support has gone a long way to make a well-deserving man feel really loved.
An update on Derek’s health:
Last Monday, he returned to the doctor for another procedure and a check up. His pathology report was very positive and there was no sign of cancer in the surrounding tissue! Though this news is great, he has had a hard week otherwise and is still experiencing quite a lot of pain. There’s been a little bump in his recovery and was hospitalized two days ago due to clotting issues. He is optimistic he will get to go home soon but he will likely be out of work longer than doctors had originally anticipated so we plan to keep his Gofundme campaign up in the meantime.
Please continue to keep Derek in your thoughts and prayers and we will keep you updated as we hear from his wife, Dawn. Thank you again for your support!
Sincerely Jen Jacobs, Dawn Wilson, Nadine Roselle
A note from Derek:
"Every one of us has our challenges in life. This diagnosis is one that has touched our lives in a profound way. We have decided to come public with this battle to make sure that friends and family we love who see this, will take time out and get themselves tested. Men, please get your PSA tested ten years earlier than recommended, especially if prostrate cancer runs in your family. My first sign was an elevated PSA screening. Also, remember that one of the top 3 cancers for both men and women is colon cancer. Please make sure to get your colonoscopy as early diagnosis is treatable! When I am up and running again soon, I plan to join a cancer outreach group to help them spread the word. In attending a support group recently before my surgery, I discovered there is a lack of young people and men in these groups that do not get tested. I was one of them until I was diagnosed. I was the youngest in the group I attended. If it were up to me I would have been back out on the road with my touring family already, but I was forced to sit down for a few weeks to recover. I have received video messages and notes that are just priceless. Those of you that gave I am grateful and express my deepest and heartfelt thanks, however, those of you that were "anonymous" you will be found out... :) We have medical benefits to cover my care and have faith we will be okay financially. It is truly appreciated the contributions of all given to this fund and it is our wish that anyone wishing to do more, to give to your favorite charity of choice, as we are sure that cancer has touched someone else close to you as well. The outpouring of love has us emotionally charged and you just don't know how you have touched our lives. If I can save just one person's life through this, then it was worth all this pain. This is my testimony."
Please also see his video update.
Derek's projected progress:
As of today, he will be returning to the doctor for another procedure to feel significantly less pain, at that point the doctor will also be able to determine if the cancer cells have spread to any surrounding organs or not. If the biopsy is positive, he would begin radiation treatment. And if not, that is of course great news and he will be able to focus on recovery!
Please continue to keep Derek in your thoughts and prayers during this time and feel free to continue to share the link, we are almost at our goal! We will keep everyone updated. Thank you again for your love and support.