Dillon Family Cancer Fund

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Towards the end of 2017, Jen was suffering from what appeared to be a simple canker sore, but after weeks of unsuccessful treatment, turned out to be a diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tongue. Jen was never a smoker, so the diagnosis was not only a shock, but all around hard to believe. 

On January 16th, 2018 Jen had a 10 hour bilateral neck dissection to remove 57 lymph nodes, and a large portion of her tongue the cancer had damaged. Tissue from her left arm was used during the surgery to reconstruct the tongue as best the surgeons could. 

This initial surgery, coupled with her first 6 weeks of radiation, left Jen with a trache, the inability to speak, eat, have full movement of her arm and severe lymphedema. 

Of course, our Jen refused to give up and worked with her oncologists, nurses, and therapists to regain what speech, independence, and mobility she could. All throughout this fight Jen has been determined to continue working as best she can from home in order to provide for her husband and two sons even in the darkest of hours.

Months went by and recovery seemed possible, however in October of 2018 additional scans revealed spots on her lung that could only be removed and biopsied with surgery. A cardiothorasic surgeon completed this surgery and confirmed everyone’s worst fears - Jen’s cancer had spread, however there was still hope it was limited to the area that was removed and remission would still be possible. 

Jen continued to work, recover and do her utmost to fight both for herself and for her family.

In December of 2018 however, Jen’s back began to cause her such insurmountable pain that she was forced to undergoe additional scanning and it was confirmed her cancer had once again moved - this time to her spine where it was now inoperable and likely incurable. 

In a final attempt to force this aggressive disease into remission, Jen underwent 10 rounds of radiation in one sitting and has begun chemotherapy as well. She is working with pain management specialists to simply keep her as comfortable as possible at this particular juncture. 

Jen and Scott have done all they can within their financial and emotional means to fight this battle. Both of their beautiful sons, Bryce and Jake, are special needs and do not fully grasp the gravity of the situation they or their mother are facing. Currently, the prognosis leaves Jen without the ability to work, and as the primary household provider it puts their family in an impossible situation while also grieving the most impossible news. 

Please help us help the Dillon family! Let us surround them with love, peace and any financial support we can during this difficult time. Any little bit helps and your investment in their family is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

Donations ()

  • Jody Edmond 
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Nancy McCulloch 
    • $20 
    • 9 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Rachel Hennies 
    • $50 
    • 10 mos
  • Tim S. 
    • $250 
    • 10 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Whitney Reynolds 
O Fallon, MO
Jennifer Dillon 
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