Heather and Jeremy

Update 7/13/20:
Yesterday (Sunday, July 12) at 2:15 am, Jeremy passed away.  Most recently he had been struggling with a lot of physical symptoms that were really tough to live with.  Fluid had built up in his chest causing pain and making it difficult to breathe.  He went into the hospital where they were able to drain the fluid and manage the pain with medications, but he frequently was nauseous and very tired out.  Because of current hospital restrictions, no one was able to visit, and he was mostly too tired to talk on the phone.  On Friday, it became clear that the fight was unwinnable.  He entered into home hospice care and came home Saturday evening where he was able to visit with his wife, children and extended family.  He had an opportunity to say "I love you" to everyone and then fell asleep where he eventually passed away quietly.

Heather and Jeremy were so appreciative of everyone's generosity.  It exceeded everyone's expectations and showed how much kindness and caring there is in the world, even in these difficult times.  What means the most is knowing that people, both family and strangers, can provide such a network of support and prayers.  We thank you all.

Earlier story:
Many of you are aware of Heather and Jeremy's story.  Four years ago, weeks before the birth of their second child, Jeremy was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer.  Since then, he has had numerous procedures, including most of his colon removed along with sections of his liver, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, stents installed, and treatment for systemic infections.  He has generally improved during treatments but worsened during breaks.  He has been in the hospital so many times, that Heather has started to refer to it as "going to court" so as to not worry their 5-year-old daughter.  Sadly, he has spent a lot of time at court during the last month.

Following a recent break from chemo to treat an infection, Jeremy's cancer spread aggressively into his lungs.  This really lowers his long-term prognosis.  Every day they are unable to restart chemo makes the situation worse, but they are waiting for his kidney function to recover before they begin.

Because of the ongoing situation and the mounting expenses, we have set up this GoFundMe account on their behalf.  Many of you have already donated, and every little bit is appreciated.  Heather, Jeremy and their three children (ages almost 5, 3 and 9 mos.) will benefit not only from the donations, but also the kind thoughts and support that come with it.  Thank you for your contributions and your prayers.

Donations (662)

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  • Lewis Heller
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $54 
    • 3 yrs
  • Sarah Bailey
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
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Lara Biggs
Evanston, IL
Heather Brunner

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