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Help Derek Fight

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Help Derek, a 10 year old who is in 5th grade and just diagnosed with a brain tumor on November 6th and his family by donating what you can. 

Donations will help defray medical costs, travel costs to Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, Hotel Costs as they await acceptance into the Ronald McDonald House, lost wages (his mother has only been paid 2 days since diagnosis) and household bills and more. 

Derek loves Dell Rapids and is a friend to everyone he meets. He loves his family, baseball, comics, and his dog Jeter. He hopes to be a teacher when he grows up, he just needs the chance.

Derek underwent surgery to remove a tumor from the base of his skull Wednesday Nov. 7th. The tumor was malignant. Derek has been diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. He will start 6 weeks of proton radiation therapy at Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota (4 hours from home) December 3rd.  Derek is looking at a minimum of a year of chemotherapy treatment to battle his cancer.  Any help you can give is appreciated. 

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We had a little scare on Memorial Day.
Derek didn't eat good on Sunday night but his energy level was good. He didn't eat well again on Monday. About 5:00PM he put himself in bed under the covers. He told us he wasn't feeling great, so temp taking time. 100.1 to 100.5 and climbing.
I called the Oncology team and they advised we take him to the ER. We spent 5 hours in the ER doing blood work and getting fluids and meds. Blood levels came back low but okay. Turns out he has an ear and nose infection. With Derek's compromised immune system from the Chemo every small thing has to be taken so seriously.
We got home around midnight and he went right to bed. He slept from Midnight to 11:00. He ate good today and had great energy with no fevers at all.
Donelle worked half a day and I am working half to lead my treatment groups tonight.

We appreciate all the continued support.
You, or any artist friend you may know, can still contribute to #sketchesforDerek for his sketchbook. 8x10 or smaller of anything you want to draw. Derek loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, Mario, Super Heroes, video games and pro-wrestling.

MRI this Friday and then back into the hospital on the 6th for Inpatient Chemotherapy.

Love and sincere Thanks,

Shane, Donelle and Derek
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Update on Derek:
Sorry I have been absent in updates on Derek lately. He has been on isolation status due to low blood levels from his last chemo. His spirits are great though!! He is loving all the #sketchesforDerek that he is received and so appreciative of them.
We had a scare yesterday but were able to avoid inpatient. A triple cheese grilled cheese on Texas toast & cheese curds from Someday Cafe helped. We got home from Castle and watched New Japan Wrestling and he started his Cloud City #LEGO from Lou and Gina for therapy.
We are eternally grateful to our friends from Midwest All Pro Wrestling, 621st Detention Squad-501st Legion/Central Garrison, SiouxperCon and the #comicbook community that have supported us. I cannot express how much your small gestures mean to us. The autographs, sketches, trading cards, and photographs all go in chemo book.
If you would like to contribute to his sketchbook please contact me for address.
We ordered All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing this weekend as a treat. He is super excited about seeing his favorite Kenny Omega compete. He has missed seeing him wrestle. He rarely stops smiling and never stops fighting; but we need your help. Give if you can, share if you would.
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Update on Derek. 5/12/19

We got to come home today about 3:30.
He made it through this Chemo without getting sick, but man is he tired.
We're all just happy to be home. Be even better when the dog comes home tomorrow.
Thank you to all for the prayers, support, kind words, texts and visits over the weekend. Living in a Castle once a month may "sound cool", but it is trying. None of us sleep well, we worry about the house when we are gone, none of us sleep well and the food, gas, missed work for one of us post inpatient all cost money.
We still consider ourselves blessed that we are home more than we are in the Castle.

Donelle Gerlach is home with him the next couple of days as he is very susceptible to infection just out of chemo treatment. Just told him goodnight and he told me to make sure that I go coach little league tomorrow night even though he can't be there.
Dude's a champion.

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Update on Derek 5/11/19
Today was a pretty good day. Derek was SO proud of himself. He gained two pounds yesterday. 84 at check in. 86 today at weigh in. The chemo side effects were manageable today. The only big side effect was sleep. My goodness did the sleep knock him out today.
LaChelle and Allie Thiesse brought him comics, snacks and baseball cards today. They have been so good to him through all of this.
Kristi came to visit which was nice for all three of us.
Derek's eating today has been "okay". He knows what he wants to eat, but he just can't eat a whole lot, so we have plenty of leftovers in the fridge.
That damn Vincristine chemo got that fever up to 100 tonight. We have fought with that side effect on that chemo since Rochester. Donelle just came to the family area (where I sit at night since those two go to bed sooner than I) to tell me his temp is down to 99.2.
I have been so blessed in my life to make connections with amazing communities of people that have continued to bless Derek John. Certainly Church, work, the communities where I have lived and lifelong friends have given and supported us deeply.
But so many more have given and continue to support us.
Jeff Mann and I are eventually going to find time to sit in a chair at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo and get my #fightDerekfight Tattoo done The entire crew at Vishnu has been so supportive, as have Barry Putzke and the team at Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen. So fortunate to have Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. business owners that care.
The Comic book community continues to come through for Derek. They have sent books to him, provided drawings for #sketchesforDerek and sent many generous donations. Today two creators made very generous donations to help ease our burden, we were humbled by their donations.
Tomorrow morning (shhh it's a secret) Charlie Eccles and some of the Midwest All Pro Wrestling crew are coming to see Derek and brighten his day.
Jeff Thurn and Jerry A. Palleschi at ESPN 99.1 have been such advocates for Derek and spread his story.
Tattoo artists, Foodies, Comic Book Creators, Wrestlers and Sports Broadcasters may not seem to have much in common, but through my work with SiouxperCon I was able to make not only connections, but friendships with all of the above (and more).
But what has really brought them together (I believe) is the courage, grace and strength that Derek has shown in this battle. He just continues to fight, smile and face all of this with a maturity beyond his years.
He is my hero.

I hope to be typing this from the comfort of our home tomorrow. We shall see...

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