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Eugene Roach

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Raised by 255 people in 11 months
Created September 22, 2018
A couple of weeks ago, Eugene and Cynthia were given the news that Eugene has advanced stage 4 adenocarcinoma lung cancer. His cancer has spread to his liver and spine and some lymph nodes.  He has already been to Edmonton twice for testing and to discuss a treatment plan. Chemotherapy will start very soon and perhaps radiation in the future. 
Those who know Eugene know him to be a kind man, dedicated father to Courtney, a talented musician and a devoted educator, tournament organizer and coach to a lot of our children.  In January 2004 he answered an ad for a physical education teacher for YCS and has been teaching at Ecole St. Joseph School since then.  Eugene met his beautiful wife Cynthia during a Super Soccer tournament in 2004 and they along with their daughter became a family in July 2008.
Eugene is taking this news in typical Eugene style.  He is taking a strong and positive attitude and will move through this with an expected joke here and there.   In his own words:

But truly, I’m fine... not sure if I’m in denial or confident or hopeful or just focused on the game... but I assure you I’m the same joke cracking fool I’ve been my whole life.  Maybe the best analogy I can give you is that I’m the goalie in net focused on the puck and trying to figure out where the next shot is coming from and if there’s any chance of deflections while everyone in the stands are on the edge of their seats going crazy because it’s out of their hands!  I will win this damn game!!!  Might not be a shutout, but I will win this game, don’t you worry! 

Moving forward, this is going to be a difficult journey for them.  The last thing that they need to be worried about is finances.  I asked permission from them to start this page and although hesitant at first, with some coaxing, they were able to accept that there are lots of people who love them and want to be able to help in some way.
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Happy New Year to all. Eugene and I felt it was time for an update, and although we have sent texts and emails we worried that we had not reached all in the last little while. We continue to be in awe of the support that we feel from everyone. This is a long and uncharted road and we want to stress that we could not do this without your support. So thank you.

Eugene continues to feel good. He has had a few minor side effects and had to postpone one treatment round, however this last trip to Edmonton saw him back in the ‘game’ getting his immunotherapy. As expected with some patients, his thyroid has burned out which means that he is now on a hormone to balance this out. His weight fluctuated for a few weeks…losing some and then gaining more and until it is balanced with the hormone he will take, it will continue to fluctuate. To help offset this, a healthy diet has been suggested from his team at the Cross. (Bring on the wing nights as protein seems to be high on the list of things to eat)

As far as other side effects, he continues to have very few allowing him to lead as normal a life as possible. We feel extremely fortunate for this as we have learned in this short time that there are many patients with the same diagnosis that feel extremely ill. We continue to meet amazing people at the Cross and are in awe of the strength and determination of all that are faced with this disease. Cancer truly has no boundaries as we are quickly learning.

What are the next steps many of you ask? His oncologist has put him on three more rounds of Pembro. So we will travel to Edmonton at the end of January, and then Mid February for this treatment. After that he will undergo another round of scans to see what this immunotherapy has done. It needs to start shrinking the tumors that are festering in his body, that is the best outcome. If the doctor likes what he sees, Eugene will continue on this, if not a new course of action will take place. We put all our hope in one basket, so to speak, that this drug does what it has been designed to do and starts to shrink his tumors.

So for now, we continue to balance life with work and wellness. We lean on you, our friends, as we know we can’t do this journey alone and be extremely grateful that we have your support. We continue to be humbled by the love and the friendship (new and old) that has grown out of this journey that we seem to have been thrown into. It is your strength that is most important and needed as there are days where the hill that is in front of us is too big to walk alone.

Eugene’s mindset is that this is game two. First period was a shut out but it took some creative goal tending with a few extra ‘floppy fishes’ to achieve. With an extra break, and a few time outs he will be ready for the next period at the end of the month. He continues to do well thanks to the strong team that has signed up to be skating in front of him.

Please never hesitate to call, text, or visit. We know that often it is a hard conversation to have, and some have said ‘we don’t know how to ask’, but we welcome the chats and visits.

So until next time…. Go Team Roach.
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A word from us.

Just to keep you al in the loop, Eugene and I have returned from our trip with lots to talk about. We headed down last week to talk to his next oncologist and met a Dr. Charles Butts. When we first met him, his calming presence was the first thing we were both drawn to, what we did not truly know at the beginning of this consult is that we would leave with a first treatment appointment and a bit of hope. Hope is the one thing we have both been hanging on to for dear life and he gave us some.

Not all the news that we heard from Dr. Butts was good, hearing the, as a friend calls it ,'the best before date' is something no one ever wants to hear, and as you can start to imagine, becomes all too real when you are faced with lung cancer that has metastisized to so many places. Dr. Butts has worked long and hard with lung cancer patients and is excited to be working with Eugene due to his illness, his age and life style. He has started Eugene on an immunotherapy drug called pembrolizumab (try saying that three times quickly) or Keytruda for short. This drug has only just been approved by the FDA in the last year and a bit and is usually tried after other avenues are exhausted. It has had good results, and so Eugene gets to start on it right away. Eugene will receive this drug every three weeks, which means a trip to Edmonton every three weeks. They will do this in three rotation increments. Three treatments, then reassess. (fitting for the hockey analogy...three periods...lets see who wins this one)

Eugene has had his first treatment on Friday at the Cross Cancer. His nursing team was amazing as they walked us through this next step and handled our questions and emotions with kid gloves. The Cross Cancer truly is a remarkable place and we feel fortunate to be able to access it. Believe me when I say..there are so many people there. So many alone, facing this journey by themselves, that it made us feel very fortunate to be able to do this together.

The good side of this drug is that it is interferes with the growth and spread of cancer that has already spread and that is what we want. The other good thing is that where they call it a 'chemo' it does not have the same harsh side effects of chemo with parts of Eugene's body which means for the most part he can lead a normal as life as possible while on it.

The bad parts to this drug is that there are some pretty scary side effects that we have to watch for daily (which has put me on hyper over drive and is probably driving him nuts) we have to sanitize our lives(I think I now own stocks in Purell) and the length being on this drug will depend on how Eugene's cancer reacts.

As we continue this fight, and we stumble with tiredness, have foggy heads with the information we now have to hold on it and understand, we are still in awe of the support and love that comes from all of you. We are truly humbled by all that has been done for us, and at times it brings me to tears seeing the eagerness of many. It is truly overwhelming to know there are so many in our corner and our words of appreciation do not seem to be enough...but is all we have at this point.

Thank you for continuing to send positive thoughts to the universe for us. Thank you for checking in on us(all of us..including Courtney), for doing things for us from food(because sometimes cooking is just too hard), to hair cuts, to fixing things, music, rides to the airport, housesitting, donations, hockey games, hanging out, walks, space, and texts, without YOU this would be an extremely lonely and impossible journey. Our journey is far from over, the fight is real, and so it begins....

In the words of Eugene..."first period is over, shots on net were few and I stopped them with ease, time to bring on the second period. My defence men are in position and the forwards can now carry the puck up the ice for a while. I am ready. Let's go team".


Eugene, Cynthia and Courtney
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