This is a fundraiser to help offset the costs of Chad Perrett's fight against DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). Chad, Alyssa and Anya are currently living in Rochester, MN where Chad is undergoing radiation treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
About a year ago, Chad started to experience double vision; initially, it was believed to be caused by a pinched nerve or maybe related to a vehicle accident from years before. As the summer of 2018 progressed and Chad's symptoms worsened, they sought additional testing. On August 27th, 2018, doctors in Duluth ordered a MRI. On September 17th, Chad and Alyssa got the devastating news that Chad has a cancerous tumor on his brain stem. The family immediately contacted the Mayo Clinic and he had an appointment two days later with the Neurology and Oncology departments. They determined that Chad has DIPG; a tumor considered rare for adults and is most commonly found in children. There is no cure, only treatments to prolong life such as radiation and chemo. In three weeks, life as the Perrett's knew it was turned upside down.
Chad, Alyssa and Anya are currently renting a house in Rochester so they can be close to the hospital while Chad receives radiation treatment five days a week for the next six weeks. He will only be able to do one round of radiation treatment in his lifetime; his first day was today, Monday, October 8th. The plan as of now is that Chad will also do one round of chemotherapy after the radiation treatment is complete. Chemo is expected to include a treatment plan of seven days a week for six months- they will be able to stay in Duluth for this.
Chad and Alyssa, along with the kids Keaton and Anya, and dog kids Duke, Lulu and Moose have had to completely shift gears from a "normal" family life to having to face a situation that is a worst nightmare scenario. By participating in this fundraiser, you are helping them cover expenses during this journey; both in Rochester and Duluth.
I work with Alyssa and a group of coworkers are planning two fundraisers (currently) at work: a bake sale in October and a chili cook off lunch in November. Watch the Gofundme for updates on these events.
Updates will be provided as they become available.
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