Help The Hustrei's Fight Cancer

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Raised by 663 people in 11 months
Created September 16, 2018
If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting the Hustrei family you would soon realize the sweet, amazing people that they are. Several weeks ago they received the devastating news that Branden has been diagnosed with stage 3 gastric cancer at the worst possible time since their first child is due in a few weeks. Our hearts are broken for them as they have been given such hard news during what should be a joyful season.  


Branden is a firefighter paramedic and is unable to continue working as the cancer has progressed and chemotherapy has started. Branden will continue chemotherapy for 2 months, then will have extensive surgery to remove the tumor and his stomach, and then continue with another 2 month round of chemotherapy. During the middle of all of this Carly will be due to have their first child and unfortunately, her contract does not provide paid maternity leave. During this hard time the last thing we want them to be worrying about is finances. The goal for this Go Fund Me is to allow Carly to have the freedom to stay home with their little girl and care for Branden as well as pay for some of their medical expenses. 

I cannot think of a couple more undeserving of this heartbreak or more deserving of our support. If you have the pleasure of knowing them in person I am confident that you agree. Carly is the ultimate host and will make herself uncomfortable to make sure that everyone else in the room is comfortable. Branden is the type of man who will drop everything to help a friend or acquaintance in need. They both chose professions to help others, but right now they need our help. If you are unable to give financial support your prayers are equally appreciated. 

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This weekend was bittersweet. Bitter saying see you later to a friend, but so sweet to celebrate his life, impact, and freedom from his sickness. Branden’s memorial was a true testimony to the type of brother, son, friend, husband, and person that he was. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us in person or on the live stream.

Carly wrote these words that she wanted to share with all of you -

“ I had a dream last night. I dream about you every night. This particular night I was told I was dying too.

I was relieved to hear because that would mean we would soon be near. I rushed to where you were and I cuddled on your lap. You looked at me with your crooked grin and we kissed and our noses met. I could feel your skin on mine and the way my cheek fit in the palm of your hand.

But then I realized what I had left behind, our little girl in this vast land.

So then I woke and I choked back the tears and realized I needed to spend more time here. To help her grow and then let her go. But I wanted you too, but you couldn’t come with. Said it would only be a little bit until we could embrace and see each other face to face.

So for now I’ll have to stay even though I don’t like it this way. Please look out for Isla girl, she will always be your little girl. Please remind me time to time, how your doing just fine. Finally eating a burger again and Jesus has got you in his plan. His perfect timing is hard to grasp, but I know nothing can ever last, here on earth is gone in a flash. I’ll try to be brave while it lasts. But seeing you again can’t come too soon. For now I’ll keep you in my rearview, always watching out for me. You’ve got my back this I can see.

And when my race is run as well, I’ll talk of how you fought like hell and ran until your legs gave out and all of heaven will give a shout, for such a man I once called mine, but now our Savior has taken him in his time. Yet he was never mine to keep, just borrowed time and an old jeep.

I’ll smile each time I think of the way I thought somehow I could make you stay. I’ll smile knowing Gods plan is bigger, I’ll keep my chin up and eyes fixed. The good ones are soaring high and we will join them in good time.

See you later B, you’re finally free”

Thank you so much for your support of this sweet family over the past year.
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Please join us as we celebrate Branden and his legacy.

Saturday, July 13th at 2pm

District Church

7000 Rossmore Ln

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Reception to follow

If you choose to we would appreciate if you write down your memories of Branden and his impact on your life (include pictures if you want). Letters will be collected at the service. These letters will be compiled for Isla as a reminder of Brandens legacy.

You can also mail them to:

4909 Alondra Court

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Thank you for your love, support, and most importantly prayers.

Looking forward to celebrating Branden's race well run.
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It is with both sadness about his passing and assurance that Branden is at peace that I share this news and sweet words from Carly:

“Branden Eric Hustrei.

Son, Brother, Husband, Father.

The bravest and most faithful servant of God.

My love. My best friend.

He crossed the finish line early this morning. He ran the good race and reward is his today.

We rejoice in knowing that he is free and united with his creator.

B, Jesus most certainly greets you with a WELL DONE!!!

There is one big party in heaven today.

Branden walked this road before us and taught us so much about strength and courage in the face of a lion.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬

Can’t wait to join the party.

For now we will try to be strong like daddy.

See you again soon Daddy Bear,

Car and Isla”
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From Carly:

First we were told the CT scan shows bad lung infection and colon infection.

We were informed its really difficult for them to assess the status of his cancer as they are focusing on the acute concern of infection. Prior scans have been PET scans for cancer assessment so hard to compare to CT scan. We were not told about any obvious spread.

It seems weird that I find some relief in hearing the word infection before the word cancer. No news on tumor spread at this point and I’ll take it.

So he is receiving antibiotics for the presumed lung infection /pneumonia and colon (lower gut) infection.

Overall this afternoon he seems to be doing better as far as being oriented and talking some. Still requiring oxygen to help him and body still running slight fever, but never above 101.

So we keep praying.

We pray for healing.

We pray that God would intervene on Brandens behalf.

Thankful to have so many prayer warriors in this time.

Keep on keeping on,

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