Brad Snell Medical Fund Raiser


In November 2017, lifetime Fargoan, Brad Snell(husband, father to  3, grandfather to 4, and friend to many)was found to have stage III lung cancer.

Brad’s lung scan showed a 5 cm spot on his right upper lung. After tests, it was confirmed to be Stage III non-small cell lung cancer.  He underwent an MRI, PET scan, pulmonary test and endoscopy biopsy.  These additional tests showed cancer in his lymph nodes lung wall and his lower right lung.  Doctors also gave him the unwanted news with a diagnosis of COPD and emphysema.

After several visits to Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer center it was determined what treatment options Brad would undergo.   His first chemotherapy/radiation treatment began January 15, 2018.  The plan includes that every Monday, for 6 weeks, he is given chemo. Radiation treatments were 5 days a week for 6 weeks. After the initial chemo treatment he is given a 3 week break before starting a slow release dose of chemotherapy, once every 3 weeks, for 2 doses.  Post chemotherapy/radiation treatments he will start immunotherapy once every 2 weeks, for a year. 

We all know how long it takes for a doctor’s appointment.  Brad has had to take time off work during the week for his treatments, procedures and follow-ups. Since he relies on commissions as a major part of his salary, missed time off work, has impacted his income.  During this time, medical bills have started to accumulate.   Having cancer is enough of a burden without adding additional financial strains.

A GoFundMe page is being set up to help Brad with the financial end of his illness.  Brad and Nancy would both be more than appreciative of any donations that you feel you would like to give.  They also would like to ask for prayers for Brad, the family and Brad’s doctor’s. 

The good news is that each of your donations has been approved to be matched by:   
  Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
  Chapters     1580 and 17267, up to $5,000.

  Any donation, large or small will be doubled!   

Also, if you do not wish to donate through the GFM site, you can mail checks to: 
                    MWA %Doris Mattson-Franks
                      3401 Wheatland Pines Dr S,
                                 Fargo, ND 58103.  

       **and Checks should be payable to Brad Snell
these donations will also be matched!    Please note that if you send a check, I am able to post your name and donation on the GFM donation page, if you want it public. Or, your donation can be listed as anonymous and an off-line donation.  If you do not wish for your gift to be public, please send a note with your mailing. Otherwise, I will add it to the public list of contributors. Thank you. 

Brad is proud to say the first success has been that he has been smoke-free since his original treatment! He says he fully intends to remain a “former” smoker.

Thank you for your consideration of giving and praying for this family.   Please help by sharing this to your facebook pages and to Twitter. Let’s bless the Snell’s.


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Doris Mattson-Franks 
Fargo, ND
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