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Gregor Cann Cancer Crusaders Team

$32,057 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 296 people in 11 months
Created September 10, 2018
Gregor Cann Cancer Crusaders Team
on behalf of Mark Seifried
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Gregor Cann was recently diagnosed with an aggressive very large neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas and also a rare cancer in his abdomen. Gregor is currently seeking treatment and will need all of our love and support to get through this trying period.

Gregor will have a spinal tap to test for metastases along the spine because of two “small but concerning spots in the brain.” Chemo starts tomorrow to shrink tumors. The theory is that aggressive malignancies like this generally respond quickly to chemotherapy. Because of the toxicity there is a whole host of potential side effects. God will get us through this.

We are looking for healing. We are also happy to have had today. If you cannot help with a donation; meals, rides, and other forms of companionship and relief may be welcome in the near future.

As you all know Gregor has given all of us his talents as a creative designer to bring joy into our homes; and now we would like to bring him and his partner Pastor Mark some of our love and support into theirs. Medical expenses, Co-Pays, Labs, Care and support at Home, all of it will cost significantly so we are looking for any help you can give.

As Gregor is on Pastor Mark's insurance and the high deductibles with the multiple treatments he is about to undergo, we need all the financial assistance you can muster to be able to help with the bills that will be coming as he goes through his treatment.

If you know Gregor or if you don't, know that your funds will be put to good use and we are praying for his recovery, we put our trust in his medical team and God that he shall overcome this. 

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” -Maya Angelou
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Gregory D. Cann left this world on March 31, 2019, bathed in spirit, beauty and love. He was holding the hand of his beloved partner, Mark Seifried, and supported by longtime friends Kathryne Gardette and Ruth Rosenbaum. Greg is survived by his dear mother, Frances, the wife of his late father, Dale Eugene; sisters Cyndi, Tami, and Stacy; nieces Amber and Samantha; nephews Jake and Jimmy; and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was blessed by numerous dear friends, but none more than Richard Dickinson, who shared his enduring love of art and design.

As a designer, Gregor had an extraordinary ability to make bold, elegant, and imaginative choices that reflected his deep understanding of his clients’ lives and sensibilities. When his work was completed, the result was a warm, welcoming space that honored and celebrated the collaboration between designer and client. He had wonderful energy, impeccable taste, and a delightfully wry sense of humor that enriched his practice and his relationships with clients, many of whom became abiding friends. In his spare time he loved reading, cooking, and traveling—activities that created new opportunities to express and refine his discerning nature.

Born on August 8, 1958, Gregor grew up in Camp Spring, Kentucky. He studied at Northern Kentucky University and the New England School of Art and Design. Over the course of his career, he designed numerous private residences that reflected his keen eye and his mastery of the interplay between space, light, color, texture, and materials. His commercial engagements included providing full-scale interior design services for 114 furnished villas and a 44-room resort hotel in coastal Saudi Arabia.

Gregor was a consummate gentleman who left a trail of grace and love wherever he went. He will be dearly missed and loved eternally by many. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Wednesday, May 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Second Church in Newton, UCC, 60 Highland Street, West Newton, Mass. A reception will follow with a potluck luncheon.
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Beloved family and friends,
We will gather on Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00 AM for a Memorial Service to celebrate Gregor's life. A reception at the church will follow. Please join us for story, prayer, art and love. Location: The Second Church in Newton, UCC - 60 Highland Street, West Newton, MA 02465 ( http://2ndchurch.org/welcome-to-second-church-in-newton/about-us/directions/).
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Gregor is free! He died at 9:30 AM, while holding my hand, he let go with love, prayer and music filling the space. Thank you for sharing your life, Beautiful Man.
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Dear family and friends,
The last leg of this journey toward Home has begun. Gregor is now in liminal space and comfortable. There is likely only a day or so of life left in his ravaged scrawny body. He is moderately content when conscious. Pain and other symptoms are being well managed.

He had a medical emergency last night which was so out-of-my-league that I had to call 911. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, where the cancer journey began and where we have formed affectionate loving relationships with the outstanding oncology practitioners and others. We kept Gregor in "hospice mode" with "comfort measures" only so that his process of dying without invasive interventions could continue. Deemed medically stable, Gregor was taken by ambulance very early this morning to a hospice center to receive the skilled care I cannot provide.

Family and friends have been wonderful! The blessings of presence continue as Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, North Dakota, and Connecticut kin all converge tomorrow - prepared to slow down to the pace and face of grace. They will help Gregor and I hold the sacred space.

We have so appreciated your love, prayers and support these last months that I have cried almost as many tears of wonder and joy as I have sorrow and grief. God's love incarnate has never seemed so poignant and sweet.

Last week Gregor told his core medical and social support team, "I'm sorry we are where we are. I had hoped for another outcome. But I don't regret the choices we made. I would do it all over again. Thank you."

My experience of this kind, generous, and gentle man resonates so deeply with those few words. The last 72 hours have been among the most gut wrenching and laborious of my life. I would do them all over again a million times out of love for Gregor. He has been the best friend. He has been my lover. He has been my champion. He has been my, "You also might think about it this way" source of wisdom. He has helped me live the most joyful and fulfilling nearly-nine-years of my life. Gregor has been a dream come true, the soul mate I hope for everyone - if that is among their life choices.

And now, as love goes on, we wait for the fullness of God's mercy,
Mark
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Raised by 296 people in 11 months
Created September 10, 2018
Gregor Cann Cancer Crusaders Team
on behalf of Mark Seifried
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