Hunter Seifert's Memorial Account
Hunter has been diagnosed with Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma. Chemotherapy has been started. Our hope is that Hunter's lung will stop draining and he can be moved from Minneapolis, home to Bismarck for treatment.
Hunter is a 9th grader at Shiloh Christian School, where his parents, Dan and Julie, are both dedicated teachers. Please pray for Hunter, as well as pray for his siblings, Gabrielle-8th grade, Carter-5th grade, & Mason-3rd grade.
Please help us raise funds to defray traveling and medical expenses for the Seifert family. Please share this campaign with your friends, as Dan & Julie have dedicated their careers to helping our children- while teaching at Shiloh Christian School, Standing Rock Reservation, and Bullhead City, AZ. Now it's our turn to bless their child.
***Julie and Dan have set up a Caring Bridge site.*** Please see that site for futher updates.
Go to: www.caringbridge.org then, search Hunter Seifert.
Visitation on Tuesday, February 19, from 5-8pm with a prayer service and sharing time starting at 7:00pm. This will be at Bismarck Baptist Church, 2211 Laforest Avenue.
Funeral on Wednesday, February 20, at 11:00am. Held at Shiloh Christian School, 1915 Shiloh Drive.
on January 15, 2019
"Update on my boy: His PET scan was absolutely awful. The disease is in all of his limbs and on his spine. Right now we are trying to control the pain. When that is under control, the oncologist would like to do an MRI on his back to see if one of his tumors is pushing on his nerves. I was told that we were literally out of options."
January 18, 2019- There was still hope of doing additional chemotherapy, but we were told by Dan and Julie that, sadly, the disease has spread to Hunter's bones, causing him tremendous pain and hospitalization. Doctors have given the family devastating news that no further medical intervention is possible. Still, in classic Hunter-style, his sense of optimism, courage, and humor are still in tact.
Please continue to pray for the Seifert family, and for Hunter as he prepares for his complete healing in his everlasting life with our Savior.
December 28, 2016
" Merry Christmas Everyone! Hunter is through week 11 of chemo treatments (only 31 left to go)! We met with the radiologist today because somewhere around week 20 is when you would typically start radiation with this type of cancer. We found out many things today. This was a really tough appointment for me! I have been "putting my head in the sand" for a long time and never really wanted to know what all was going on with Hunter. Today we were told that Hunter is a very "unique" patient. He has too many tumors and they cannot all be radiated without killing him. (Tumors that we know about are located in his heart (through his vena cava), a few in his lungs, in his stomach, and along his back. There could be more, those are just the "for sures")
Soooooo, here is what we are going to do for now: At week 14, Hunter will have new scans done. The radiologist is hoping the chemo has shrunk many of the tumors. They will compare scans from week 1 and then choose one or two places to radiate. Radiation, if possible, would probably start around week 20.
Hunter's take on all this has been great! He knows that radiation will make him very tired. He was doing some math in his head and he says to me, " Mom, if this stays on schedule I should be done with radiation before golf starts." Two minutes later, he proceeds to tell me that all the Saturdays in January are multiples of 7. About an hour after that he says, " Mom, I should be able to work out with the football team in the fall so when I get my port out I am ready to play." So the lesson he taught me today was : Don't feel sorry for others, because they probably are not feeling sorry for themselves!
God Bless! Thanks for all your prayers and support!"
****Caring Bridge entry from November 25:
"Happy Thanksgiving! Hunter completed his 8th week of chemo today! Every 3rd week is a "hard" chemo that requires hospitalization. This week was not a "hard" week and I am thankful for that!
We have been informed that at his 15 week point he will do a six week cycle of radiation along with his chemo. This will either take place at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, or here in Bismarck. The radiation in Mayo would actually be tailored to directly "radiate" Hunter's tumors. We will find out in a few weeks if he qualifies for the Mayo program.
I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you! We have been so blessed with wonderful family, friends, and co-workers! You have ALL totally made this journey so much easier. Thank you!"
****Yesterdays update from Caring Bridge, December 11:
It is hard to believe that we are 10 weeks into this journey. Hunter had his 10th chemo on Friday. It was a "big" one that requires an overnight stay in the hospital. I was kind of hoping we could cruise through this with no "hiccups". Unfortunately, we are starting to see some side effects. He has neuropathy in his knees which is making walking difficult. He cannot walk without the aid of crutches. He will start physical therapy this week to help strengthen those muscles.
Hunter still continues to have a great attitude. In fact he told his PE teacher (his dad) he was going to have to put him on his back because he wants to play pickle ball. He also finds it quite entertaining to use his crutches to torment everyone and everything in the house!
Have a great Christmas season!"
Please continue to pray for Hunter and his wonderful family.
Seifert's, we continue to pray for you all! We miss you! Praying for the Lords healing and for you to be able to come home soon!
Our love & prayers are with Hunter & your family. We are so sorry that this has happened, but we will be prayer warriors for him. Praying for a speedy treatment & that he will kick this cancer with the power of the Lord. Bless you all!!!! Jody, Mark, Rachel & Jenna Goelzer
Get well, Hunter. We prayed for you yesterday at the huddle group. We all miss you!