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Help Paul Gebhardt Beat Cancer

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Raised by 164 people in 3 months
Iditarod musher Paul Gebhardt complained to his doctor of sore bones over the summer of 2017, not suspecting the more sinister cause of his aches and pains. After falling from a horse in September and breaking his ribs, the diagnosis took just four hours: Paul had cancer.

The cancer, 'multiple myeloma', had been quietly attacking Paul's bones, immune system, kidneys, and red blood cell count. Chemotherapy started one week later at Central Peninsula Hospital. The weekly treatments will continue for approximately four months.

Paul's body is responding unusually well to chemo, allowing him to take an entire month of treatment without the usual week-long break and continue working.

The next step in beating this disease is for Paul to receive a stem cell bone marrow transplant, using his own cells. This has to be done at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in February/March 2018. Paul is using his own cells to avoid the risk of donor rejection.

And here is the heart of the matter folks:
While Paul is currently working, and has health insurance, the insurance only covers direct treatment costs (with a copay), and none of the necessary travel or living expenses. Friends and family have asked how they can help cover those additional expenses for Paul and his daughter, Kristin, as they travel to Seattle for the transplant, which will require them both to live in quarantine for approximately eight weeks.

After the transplant, there will be follow-up treatments in both Seattle and Soldotna.

To focus on beating this cancer, Paul won't be racing the 2018 Iditarod. The core of his team will be racing with Ray Redington Jr. Paul expects to be back stronger than ever for Iditarod 2019.

Paul has run the Iditarod 21 times, placing 10th in 2017, with a total of eight top 10 finishes, placing as high as 2nd twice.

You can help Paul now with the costs that will rack up with travel and time in Seattle by contributing here, and by sharing this information to help spread the word.
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I’m down in Seattle with my daughter Kristin, just about done with most of the tests. The doctor want to bring the amount of myaloma in my system down just a little more before the transplant, so I’ve got to do one more week of chemo in the hospital here then they will start the stem cell transplant procedures! So consequently we will need to be here a whole month longer! Kristin is such a champ to do this all for me!i sure am lucky to have such a good daughter!
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I have completed my chemo treatment and am preparing to head to Seattle for the stem cell transplant Right after Christmas. I feel so blessed this holiday season to have so many good friends and people sending me cards and prayers and best wishes! I am at a loss of words to describe my gratitude and how much that all means to me. I have no doubt that with all that support and by the grace of God I will beat this cancer and recover to enjoy the rest of my life with all these friends and family! I would never have guessed that I would have that many People who truly care about my wellbeing! It warms my heart and makes me smile with joy to experience such a thing. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! And may God bless you all as much as he has blessed me!!! Thank you all again!
This is my loving cat Cuddles!
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I have been busy getting all the requirements done to make the trip to Seattle for the transplant, I believe I have almost finished all of them. I continue to have a great response to the continued chemo I have just finished week 10 and the blood work continues to improve . I have two more treatments of chemo till I go to Seattle then 1 to 2 weeks of test before the transplant I am getting excited to get this behind me and on with recovery! Thanks again to everyone for your support!
Merry Christmas everyone
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I got the good news today I will be heading to Seattle for the transplant at the end of December! 4 weeks ahead of schedule due to not skipping every 4th week of chemo! I’m so grateful that my body could do that and I’m also excited to get the transplant done and finish healing! Thanks for all the support and prayers, much appreciated!
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