Evan Wagoner, moved to Asheville in May 2018 to continue his education and be closer to his mom, Lisa Wagoner, who is the manager for Asheville Raven and Crone. During the process of moving, Evan developed a limp which was at first thought to be merely from the strain of lifting associated with the move. It wasn't. A quick trip to Urgent Care turned into a week in the ICU to treat extensive blood clots of an undetermined cause.
After a month or so of being joyfully pain-free, Evan began to experience pain again. The pain increased and ignited a series of visits to Urgent care and the ER to determine the cause. After nearly two months, a battery of blood tests, and a needle biopsy that all returned inconclusive results, Evan had a blood marrow biopsy, on his birthday, October 10th. Yes, that's right, what Evan got for his birthday was a very painful biopsy. Finally, he was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALK positive on October 17, 2018. He had his first chemotherapy treatment the following day. He will have five more treatments spread out three weeks apart.
Evan's plan to move to Asheville was to start a fresh new chapter in his life. He decided to become part of the team at the Asheville Raven & Crone because it fit with his values and interests in community service, and his experience in retail. Having lymphoma, debilitating pain, and being unable to do anything at all was not part of his plan. Chemotherapy, multiple hospital visits, and medications are costly. When or even if Evan will be able to return to work has yet to be determined.
Our goal is to raise enough money to help Lisa and Evan keep going and offset the loss of his employment, as well all the time off Lisa must have to help with his care. Having a terrible illness is bad enough, worrying about whether you can afford your medications, gas, or food is even worse. Please help us to insure that Evan and Lisa do not have to worry about anything but him making it through treatment and healing.
Mother Grove Goddess Temple, 501(c)3 is the sponsor for this fundraiser.