"Wings of Hope for David Gagnon -
Fighting Cancer Every Step of the Way"
Help us raise money to support David in his fight against Cancer & Life without a Stomach!
David was diagnosed with Stage III Gastric Cancer; Esophageal & Stomach Cancer called, "Mucinous Adenocarcinoma", Apr 9, 2014. His tumor was over 8cm located in the Esophagus & Stomach. He's being treated at Smilow Cancer Ctr, Yale New Haven Hospital. David’s 1st Chemo began May 12, 2014 for 9 weeks. David had a major & very difficult 11 hr surgery Sept 9, 2014 to remove 3/4 of his esophagus & total removal of his stomach (gastrectomy).
David was in ICU from Sept 9 to Oct 9, 2014 with many issues & complications from the surgery & chest tubes. He also wound up with pneumonia & a collapsed lung. He had another surgery on Sept 16, 2014 to repair his lung & was intubated (living on a ventilator for 18 days) from Sept 12 to Sept 29, 2014. On Oct 10, 2014 he was moved to the Smilow Bldg at Yale & had to undergo another surgery to install a stent in his esophagus to assist in repairing the esophageal leak into his chest. David stayed in Smilow until Oct 23, 2014 then moved to Gaylord Rehab Ctr in Wallingford. He came home Nov 12, 2014 then had Surgery to remove the esophageal stent Dec 4, 2014. As of Dec 15, David was able to eat a clear liquid diet by mouth & completed clean up Chemo for another 9 wks that ended Feb 2015. His feeding tube was removed in late Jun 2015 as he can now eat very small meals.
In Mar 2016 we were advised the Cancer has returned in his lymph nodes, so now he is considered a stage 4 Cancer patient. David started a Clinical Trial of Chemo called, the Rainfall trial on May 5, 2016 and this will continue until he goes into remission again...
We created this group to support David in his time of need and to keep him positive and moving forward to heal. For all of those who know David, he is always someone you can count on. From his normal work related engine builds to tech calls, helping out at the race track or off to help build a friends’ shed or even helping out a neighbor stuck in the snow, you can always count on David to assist you.
David didn’t attend any fancy schools or even have the opportunity to finish High School; instead when his father passed from a heart attack at 41 yrs, David took the road to get a job to support his Mother & brother. Things were not easy especially when his brother (Daniel) was diagnosed with Cancer. David took the time to do what any brother would do & take care of whatever needed to be done for Daniel. After Daniel’s passing at 16 yrs old, he continued to support & assists his Mom with everything she needs.
Let’s all get together & heartlessly support David in his fight with Cancer as he has done for others. Wings of Hope for David Gagnon Race Against Cancer Fund will assist with any of David's home financial and medical needs, prescriptions, special food needs, proteins drinks, trips to doctors and their facilities outside of CT, basically whatever is needed to get him back on track, healthy & working again. Every bit helps. Many thanks for your generosity & support!
Fighting Cancer Every Step of the Way!!!
You can also donate directly, please make checks payable to: “Dawn Siedlarz-Aponte”
Mail checks to: Dawn Siedlarz-Aponte, 7-B Stonegate Circle, Branford, CT 06405
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