This is CJ Krause, CJ has STAGE 4 PROSTATE CANCER, and only one real BUCKET LIST WISH: he wants to drive US129 (aka "The Dragon") one more time! CJ was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in June 2010 with a rare and aggressive prostate cancer and was told he wouldn't last 48 months. He is a trooper beyond belief, but he doesn't think he will last much longer. He went from a .4 PSA in June 2009 to a 134 PSA 51 weeks later and stage 4 cancer that metastasized to his bones in both femurs and hips and very small one on his left foot.
Since May 2013, he had a 17.5 inch rod put in his right femur. When it cracked 2.5 inches, they found two more tumors on his spine, one around ear level and the other mid-shoulder blades. He's since had three rounds of radiation, one for prostate, one for the tumors on the spine and the last one on the femur on the left leg. May 1st this year they put another 17.5 in rod in the left femur when the femur started bowing.
CJ has endured 11 rounds of chemo and the last one will be Sept 17 this year. He will go to a pill once a month until he passes on. He also takes a Lupron shot every six months to help with the PSA and to help stop the spread of cancer as well.
The cancer continues to spread and is becoming more and more aggressive, to the point where treatments are not as effective, and it is eating away at his bones.
CJ is a lover of all things related to cars and absolutely loves The Dragon in Tennessee: "It is one of the most fantastic roads in the United States! To CJ, this road is better than a trip to Disney World). He was planning to drive The Dragon just one more time in October of this year but medical expenses and unforseen events have prevented him and his family from saving the money to make the trip. It will likely be his last opportunity as the cancer continues to spread. I have known this man for over five years and I can tell you there is no one who deserves this opportunity more. He is the kind of guy that gives you strength in his perseverance and would give you the shirt off his back in a snowstorm.
We are starting this GoFundMe Campaign to raise money for CJ for two purposes: one, to get CJ the money to get from Texas to Tennessee with another driver and his medical equipment, and two, to present CJ with a Powered Wheelchair to take home when he gets here. Any money raised above and beyond our goal will be used to donate to Cancer Research. If you love cars like CJ does, then you can understand how important this is to him, his family, and his friends. Some people have outrageous Bucket List Ideas. All CJ wants to do is see the Fall leaves one more time while driving one of the best roads in America. Together we can make this happen!
Thank you to everyone who can help, even if it is only a dollar or two.
- Johnny and Diane Bruneau
- HG Putman
- Dave Trittipo
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