Less than a month ago, Parker was a happy, healthy, active and care-free 12 year old. He began complaining of pains in his chest, followed by flu-like symptoms and was recently diagnosed with stage 2B Hodgkin Lymphoma. Life as they knew it was quickly turned upside down.
On February 2nd, tests showed a large mass in his chest. The next few days were filled with a multitude of doctor appointments and extensive blood work. On February 9th, Parker had a surgical biopsy of his thymus and a large lymph node was removed from his neck/chest area. Results of the biopsies confirmed Hodgkin Lymphoma and further tests were ordered to determine the stage and his first round of chemo was scheduled to begin on February 27th.
Parker had a PET scan last weekend to ensure the cancer had not spread further than his chest area. He also had surgery on Monday for a bone marrow biopsy and to have his chemo port placed in his chest. On Thursday, they received those results and met with their team of doctors to go over his treatment plan. Parker had some cancer in his neck area but the bone marrow biopsy was clear of cancer and that is great news!
After meeting with Parker's team of doctors on Thursday and trying to come to terms with the intense treatment plan ahead, Crea made the decision to take a leave from her job to care for Parker.
This fundraiser was created to help lighten the financial load for this amazing family as they begin a journey toward recovery and will enable them to focus on what is most important getting Parker healthy. All donations will be used to assist in covering already mounting out-of-pocket medical expenses that include expensive cancer drugs and also to help with living expenses while Crea unable to work for an undetermined amount of time.
Jason and Crea have also set up a CaringBridge site for Parker and plan to keep friends and family updated throughout Parker's journey there. You can follow his story and get updates @ https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/parkerehrreich
Although he has been sick and through so many tests and surgeries already, Parker has taken the news as well as possible and is in good spirits knowing the doctors and treatments will help get him back to doing the things he loves. He is in good hands with the best doctors at the U of M Children's Hospital and his team of doctors are confident Parker will be okay.
Many people have asked how they can help and this is a way we can all help in a way they are going to need it most. Please consider making a donation if you are in a position to do so. No donation is too small (and can be made anonymously if you choose). Friends/family of the Ehrreich's can also help by sharing this fundraiser on social media to help reach those who know the family and may want to help. Parker attends Boeckman Middle School in Farmington (was at Meadowview Elementary last year) and is a member of the Riptide Swim Team in Apple Valley so I'd like to try to reach as many people in their community as possible.
Most importantly, please keep Parker and his family --Crea, Jason and his little sister Addison- in your thoughts and prayers as they begin this journey toward recovery...it's going to be a long road but he will beat this! They are all so grateful for the outpouring of love and support.
- Mark Kelley
- Bill McNeely
- Jack Shoemaker
- Nicole Cisewski
- Jen Redman
Kelly Hansen Kerschner