On Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, Trey Sieradski, 15 yrs., casually showed his parents a small lump on the side of his neck. It looked like a swollen gland. Perhaps he was fighting a cold. His parents made sure he was at the pediatrician’s office the next day.
Little did they realize that within the week Trey would be diagnosed with Stage II Burkitt’s Lymphoma (a rare and highly aggressive blood cancer) and receive his first chemotherapy treatment on Monday, Nov 13, 2017. Life went from normal to crisis about as fast as this type of cancer grows – Burkitt tumors double in size every 25 hours. This is the fastest-growing human tumor known to science. Trey’s tumor has grown rapidly inside his nasal cavity, wrapping itself around his throat and vocal chords, partially blocking his air passages and dangerously pinching his carotid artery.
Trey’s reaction to this devastating news? “I’m gonna kick cancer’s ass ... and then this will make a great college essay topic.”
That, of course, is classic Trey.
Always a fierce competitor with a will to win, Trey does everything he sets his mind to, and does it at 100%. If you’ve ever seen him wrestle, or dive for a ball in the outfield, you know he does NOT give up! Always a smile and a song in his heart, Trey walks on the bright side. He has a heart for the underdog, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind or do what’s right. He’s an extremely driven, uber-organized honor student who wants to be an engineer and make a difference in the world. A formidable athlete, Trey recently placed 112th out of 5000+ in the Ft. Collins Adult Spartan race. He earned his Eagle Scout rank last year at 14 years old. Trey is a witty observer with a quick sense of humor. He loves one-wheeling, joking around, dancing like a fool, and his 9 lb. pooch, Tank. Above all, he’s just a really great kid.
But for all his tenacity and love of life, Trey needs a power greater than himself at this time. His parents and brother Chase, above all, ask for your unceasing prayers. While hesitant to ask for financial help, they’ve accepted that it will be necessary. This type of cancer is curable but requires intense chemotherapy over a six-month period with significant emotional and financial costs. Trey will need to be hospitalized during each round of chemotherapy, as his kidneys and liver must be monitored closely due the rapid die-off of cancer cells that release toxins into the body, as well as the side effects of the hard-hitting chemo schedule necessary to counter-punch this aggressive cancer.
Please pray for Trey and the Sieradski family in their time of great need. If you are able, please consider a donation to carry them through this period of tremendous stress and overwhelming medical expenses. Per Trey’s request, any unused portion of this donated money will be passed forward to other families who are helping their child battle cancer. Also, please post this link on your social media outlets and forward it to anyone who may be moved to help.
Other ways to help:
Donate a meal. You may sign up to provide a meal to Trey and his parents . (Chase is receiving meals from family and friends in the neighborhood.)
Donate restaurant cards, hotel points and gas cards. Contact Jen Moody at [email redacted] or [phone redacted].
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