Bartlett Family Support Fund

UPDATE: Dec 10, 2018

Join #ConnorKicksCancer & Team Bartlett for a GATORADE PARTY.  Get the deets and join the fun at

Join Connor for a virtual Gatorade Party around the world. Undergoing a stem cell transplant for Stage IV cancer, he was unable to drink liquids for nearly two weeks while in the ICU. All he could talk about or ask for was something to drink, and we were unable to give it to him since his intestines were in a fragile state. He mentioned numerous times about throwing a Gatorade Party once he was given the go ahead to have liquids.

Well, friends, the time has come. We invite everyone to raise your Gatorade bottle in honor of Connor’s fight against cancer and send us pics of you joining the party from wherever you are in the world. Make him smile, make him laugh, join the fun as we post pictures of world’s biggest Gatorade Party. We’ll post a video of him choosing his favorite flavor. Guess his fave flavor at:

The party starts Monday, December 10, 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST.
You don’t have to be on time, join us when you can! #GatoradeParty #ConnorKicksCancer


Connor Bartlett was diagnosed with embryonal carcinoma (cancer) on May 29, 2018. Since then, Connor has completed several surgeries, infusions and rounds of chemo.

33486792_1538685695636237_r.jpegConnor's immediate family -- Brett, Kimberly, Baylea, Connor, Molly and Cole -- have been blessed by the support of their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.

From the beginning, his family stated their intent, "Our family is dedicated to bringing glory to (God) no matter the circumstances; not by our virtue, but His."

This fundraiser is NOT to cover medical bills. Our goal is to supplement the Bartlett family income for the next year as they continue to spend extended amounts of time traveling in support of Connor's efforts to kick cancer.

We hope to raise $50,000 to alleviate the monetary stress caused by extended hotel stays and all other costs accumulated during Connor's battle.

Why so much?
33486792_1538685537290478_r.jpegThis summer alone, Connor was in the hospital 25 nights over the course of two months during his third round of chemo. While one or two family members may be permitted to stay in Connor's room, additional accommodations must be made for the rest of the family. Further there is a significant loss of income as Kimberly takes leave during important portions of Connor's treatment.

During the autologous stem cell transplant at University of Michigan, Connor received a chemo dose in Toledo, then collected and froze his own bone marrow stem cells from his blood two weeks later. Shortly after, he was admitted to U of M for 4-6 weeks, taking on high-dose chemo.

This was exceptionally difficult, as the chemo was stronger and the side effects more severe than before. Connor's own stem cells were infused back into his system because without them, his body couldn’t recover. He was home for a few weeks, then the process will be repeated with another month-long stay in Ann Arbor.

33486792_1538685614966118_r.jpegAfter both treatments, he will be in isolation at home for 100 days since his immune system will be at zero and needs to rebuild. So, March or April 2019 will be the earliest he could return to school. After these treatments, assessments will be made by Connor's team of medical professionals.

In short, the Bartlett family has at least 9-12 months of continued travel in support of #ConnorKicksCancer. Our hope is they can continue to focus on Connor and his fight ... and not waste emotional time and energy on whether they can afford to be present for all elements of his battle.

Thank you for considering financial support for Team Bartlett!

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 27 mos
  • Andrew & Rachael Ong 
    • $50 
    • 28 mos
  • Simin He 
    • $20 
    • 28 mos
  • Josh Hall 
    • $50 
    • 28 mos
  • Sam Miles 
    • $50 
    • 28 mos
See all

Fundraising team: Team Bartlett (4)

Hilary Keatts 
Blue Springs, MO
Brett Bartlett 
William Shelby 
Team member
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