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Help Gregg fight for his life!

$34,465 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 205 people in 16 days
Created October 29, 2018
The Bolton & Theriault Families
on behalf of Diana Theriault
Gregg Theriault and his family are battling for Gregg's life after he was just diagnosed with Glioblastoma Stage 4 Brain Cancer.

Over the past few months, Gregg's wife of 22 years, Diana, and their three children, Paul, Elizabeth, and John, all noticed that something with Gregg wasn't quite right, but they were unsure what that might be. Gregg had gone through a tough summer with the death of his beloved Mother-in-law and had recently got laid off from his job of almost thirty years. His family thought these traumatic events may have played a role in his changes, he had trouble recalling things. As a result, Gregg made an appointment with his primary care doctor in mid-October. The results prompted Gregg's doctor to schedule an MRI for Sunday, October 21st. Gregg and his family got a call first thing Monday morning from his doctor, telling him to go immediately to the emergency room at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. On Tuesday morning Gregg was told that he had a large brain tumor, which the Chief of Neurosurgery believed had all the signs of being malignant. On Thursday, October 25th, Gregg had brain surgery. After the four hour surgery, the family was informed that Gregg has Glioblastoma Stage 4 Brain Cancer. We are told there is no cure for this type of cancer. This news is devastating to Diana, Paul, Elizabeth, and John and their extended family. The last few weeks seem like a nightmare to all of us, but unfortunately, it is our new reality.
 
We have been told that Gregg is terminally ill and he may live another 12-18 months if he continues with an aggressive course of treatment including chemotherapy, radiation, and perhaps additional surgeries.
 
Gregg has a great attitude and is extremely brave. If you know him, we're sure you would agree that he is a fantastic person, amazing father, and a loving husband.
 
Gregg's young children are smart and very close to their father, and our hearts break for them. Diana is the strongest person we know, but she's going to need an immense amount of help to get through this challenging time. She needs to support Gregg's needs and care for her three teenage children.
 
There are so many expenses that aren't covered by insurance such as insurance deductibles, home nursing care, and some trial programs and treatments. In addition, Gregg is now disabled and can't work.
 
Anything you can do to help Gregg and his family would be greatly appreciated. We encourage you to learn more about this extremely aggressive and deadly form of cancer.
 
Thank you for taking the time to listen to Gregg's story. We pray his story has a better ending than what we've been told.
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We continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support from our community, friends, and family.
Thank you so much for your emails, texts, food, gifts, rides, and generosity over the past weeks. We are so grateful to have such wonderful family and friends. We would not get thru this without you!

Over the past week, Gregg has kept busy with many visits to various doctors and in-home services from the Visiting Nurses. He has enjoyed family time during the past two weekends​ with Paul and Elizabeth coming home from school. Having all five of us together for a few days each week has been wonderful! Gregg has left the house to go out to lunch or do a brief errand at the store. He is looking forward to cheering on the Boston Celtics on Saturday night with Paul and John at the TD Garden. Gregg is grateful that one of his friends made this wish come true.

On Monday, November 26th Gregg will start Chemo and Radiation. The treatment plan will be
Monday-Friday for 6 weeks. A total of 30 treatments. Gregg will need to stay near home during these
6 weeks for appointments and his treatments. Gregg has been eating lots of food so that he can try and build up his strength before he starts Radiation.

Paul, Elizabeth and John will all be home for several days around Thanksgiving. Gregg has been talking about several projects he has in mind for them to work on with him. Gregg is excited to help the family host a small Thanksgiving at home. We should have about 9 people in total.

We would like to wish everyone a very HAPPY AND HEALTHY THANKSGIVING!
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Even while recovering from his surgery and preparing for his upcoming chemo and radiation, Gregg has remained a steadfast Sox fan, watching the World Series game from his hospital bed and using his World Champs cap to cover his scar!
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We are absolutely amazed by the outpouring of love, support, and generosity that we have received during the past week. We are touched by the personal notes, phone calls, text messages, emails and generous donations by family, friends, and members of our community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Love,
Gregg, Diana, Paul, Elizabeth, ​and John
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Raised by 205 people in 16 days
Created October 29, 2018
The Bolton & Theriault Families
on behalf of Diana Theriault
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