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Kickin It For Thomas

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Raised by 333 people in 2 months
Created January 31, 2019
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Our dear friend Thomas is a 13 year old, 7th grader in Wayzata schools. For those that know him at all, they know he will never be seen without a soccer ball at his side:). But he is more than that....He is also an incredible runner, plays cello, and is bilingual. He is a wonderful son, brother, nephew, grandson, and friend to all!  His bright smile brings happiness to everyone he meets!!

On the morning of December 6th, 2018 Thomas Wichmann had a convulsive seizure and was transported to U of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.  Later that morning, after an MRI scan, a brain cancer mass was discovered in the left parieto-occipital supratentorial region.   

After many second opinions they ended up at St. Jude in Memphis, TN for surgery. 

Thomas' surgery lasted 8 hours.  Although there were worries about speaking and vision,  Thomas greeted everyone with a "ciao" just a few minutes after waking up. He even kicked a soccer ball to score a goal that Rafi had made!
To everyone’s surprise his recovery from surgery has been tremendous.  They have an amazing team of doctors to thank and also Thomas' spirit and strength.

Right now, they are back in  Minnesota, possibly until Feb. 11th, and will then fly back to Memphis.  Unfortunately with the cancer being an aggressive one, Thomas will have to undergo treatments for many weeks at St. Jude's.
They have a hard road ahead but Thomas has already proven to everyone how strong he is. 
 
 Thomas is lucky enough to have 2 wonderful younger brothers who are being supported by their network of family and friends at home.  This is requiring a lot of travel between Iowa, Italy, Chicago, etc.  We do know that either Rafi or Nathan  will be going back and forth from St. Jude to MPLS during his treatments while the other one stays at his side.  At this point, we don’t know all of the medical, travel, living etc expenses that they will incur, but we do know that it will be extensive.  As a community of friends and family, we all want to help support the Wichmann family as much as we can!
As more information is shared, we will update this site,  but at this moment, any and all donations are appreciated.  Please pass this along to anyone who either is blessed to know Thomas and the wonderful Wichmann family or simply has it in their heart to contribute to trying to ease their burden. 

We are praying for them every day and hope that a cure is found and we can't wait to see Thomas back on that soccer field!!

ANY FUNDS THAT THE FAMILY DOES NOT USE WILL BE DONATED TO ST. JUDES AND THEIR AMAZING PROGRAMS!
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Thomas and his family first came to Memphis on the 17th of January and he faced 8 hours of surgery a few days later. Now it is almost mid-April and it feels like an eternity. A few of us have come and gone, getting a taste of their new Tennessee reality and bringing a smile, laughter, joy and a few tears. But Thomas has been there all along, courageously fighting this monster illness that they are now identifying as Glioblastoma Grade IV brain cancer.

Thomas is an unbelievably strong, resilient young man who is facing this disease with a strength that is inconceivable to many of us. We owe it to Thomas to be strong as he is and support him in his recovery because he needs EVERY ONE OF US!!

Thomas will complete his 33rd radiation and chemo treatment this coming Tuesday April 9th and they have been cleared to fly home on Wednesday. Thomas is doing well now, ready to be back at home for a few weeks. He will be back in Memphis in early May, getting additional scans and starting a new set of chemotherapy cycles that will last 10 months. We know that Minnesota is in the process of approving this experimental pediatric protocol, so we think that some of those therapy cycles will be able to happen in the Twin Cities, while every couple of months we will return to St Jude for additional scans. Only time will tell if the cancer will return but we are hopeful that Thomas can kick it once and for all.

If you haven't already, please consider a donation to help with ANYTHING! It is unimaginable what their short- term and long- term needs are, so let's gather as friends, family, neighbors, and community, to try to ease some of their worries! PLEASE PASS THIS ON--LET'S TRY TO REACH OUR GOAL!!
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$51,086 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 333 people in 2 months
Created January 31, 2019
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