KC Carden's Medical Fund

$22,385 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 21 months
Lisa Willis
on behalf of Candice Carden
 GUSTINE, TX
Dr. Candice Carden and her family need our help. KC Carden was just diagnosed with an aggressive metastatic prostate cancer that has metastasized into his back and lymph nodes. KC is Candice's rock and has always been there for her and an integral part of her veterinary practice. KC retired as an award winning quarter horse trainer to move to Wyoming with Candice and their daughter Kamryn and become a stallion manager. He is a loving and strong man. Candice is a solo rural mixed animal practitioner in Kaycee, WY, as well as running an equine reproduction practice in Sheridan, WY. Any monetary help will be appreciated during this time so that Candice can be there for KC. Any veterinarians that are near the area or know Candice and can volunteer a day or two to assist with her practice may be invaluable, as well. Keep this beautiful family in your prayers.



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I want to thank each and every one of you for donating to KC Carden’s medical fund. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on February 13, 2018. Thanks to all of your generous donations, no matter how big or small, they were able to enjoy the last year with him without the additional strain of tremendous financial burdens. He lived his last year to the fullest and was always grateful to the end.


https://www.facebook.com/candice.f.carden/posts/10211287545926053
KC Carden May 10, 1967 - February 13, 2018
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Hello to our friends and family members! We would like to thank all of you for your help and support. It has been almost 11 months since KC was diagnosed, but it seems like a lifetime ago! I will give you a quick update on what has been going on since the last update I posted in July. After 6 weeks on Zytiga, KC’s PSA kept climbing, so he was switched to Xtandi for another 6 weeks. We were able to take a great family trip to New York City, Philadelphia, and Niagara Falls in September, and made memories that will last a lifetime. Upon our return we learned that Xtandi was not helping either, which was a major blow. His PSA had climbed to over 1100 by the end of September. KC traveled to the Mayo Clinic In Phoenix for a second opinion and was put on some more injectable Chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) and back on Zytiga in hopes that this combination would help. After 2 rounds of chemo and another 6 weeks of Zytiga, 2 blood transfusions due to side effects from chemo, and 2 CTs, bloodwork this past week showed that his PSA has risen to over 1300. We have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow and hopefully can make a good plan on what the next steps will be.
The past few months have been very hard on each of us, albeit in different ways. We are all trying to come to grips with the fact that God’s plan and timeline may be very different than ours.
To give us all something to look forward to and be excited for, we are planning to head to the beach and some warm weather in early December. We are hoping that the sunshine and sand in Hawaii will be a good
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From Candice:


"Time for another update! There have been several changes over the past couple of months. After dropping consistently and significantly all spring, KC's PSA level began to rise again, which was disappointing and frustrating for all of us! When we went in for chemo a couple weeks ago, his PSA had climbed to 12, and the doctors decided that since he was no longer responding well to Taxotere, they would switch to Zytiga, which is a pill form of chemo that is taken daily. KC just got started on it last Friday. They also did a bone scan last Thursday, which showed a new tumor in his right humerus. In addition to chemotherapy, they are planning on doing radiation for that tumor here in Sheridan. We appreciate the support of all of our friends and family as we attempt to face these new challenges with as much grace and courage as we can muster! Love You all!"
Candice
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Hi everyone! Thanks for your support over the past (can it be?!?) 3 months. Keep the calls and cards coming! It's amazing how much they help KC!

The past 2 weeks have not been great. He has been painful, uncomfortable, having night sweats, etc, but we are told it's all part of the cancer and chemotherapy. He rarely complains and is just such a great example to me!

We went in for round 5 of chemo on Tuesday...it's becoming part of our "new normal" routine. He knows all the nurses by name and enjoys talking with everyone at the cancer center while we are there.

I feel like we are really entering the "endurance" part of this journey now. Instead of being continually overwhelmed with emotions like we were at first (I shouldn't have to know where Ensure is at the store yet...we are too young to have to go through this...and we have a handicap parking tag in our car...and everyone at the cancer support group and his Livestrong class is old enough to be my mom or dad...something is just WRONG with this whole situation!), I am trying to just take it one day at a time and have no expectations for what can/will happen in a particular day. Most of all, I am trying to find little ways to help him and others, and to be GRATEFUL for the nutrition he gets from ensure when he doesn't feel like eating, for getting rockstar front row parking everywhere, and for the knowledge and firsthand insight of those in the support group and Livestrong class.

We definitely cannot change the situation we are in, but we can control how we react to this (admittedly large and uninvited) challenge that has been placed directly in our path!

Your support through medical donations, sweet comments and emails, meals, and visits has just been amazing! We are so lucky to have all of you in our lives, and I love to read comments to KC and help him realize how many lives he has truly touched over the years!

Thanks again to all of you!
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Deena Grieves
21 months ago
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So very sorry to hear this! Praying for healing for healing for KC and strength for the whole family.

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Leea Wilkinson Greenville
21 months ago
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Your family is our family--PVM 2005 is here for you. Sending incredibly healing and positive thoughts your way...

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Gayle Clark Blackwell
10 months ago

You are in our prayers everyday. We pray for strength for all of you to feel God's love and grow closer every day. Enjoy the beauty and warmth of Hawaii Love, hugs and prayers, Bob and Gayle Blackwell

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LeAnne Dingman
14 months ago

Prayers for the family and prayers this new medicine will work wonders for you! Love and Hugs to all.

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Kimberly Burruss Shiner
14 months ago

Your Cali family is praying for you all.

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Judy Saathoff
18 months ago

We just heard about KC and the battle your family has been in. You are all in our prayers. Where can we drop off meals, etc? Judy in Buffalo

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Diane Kerr Voelker
18 months ago

This news is shocking I'm so very sorry I didn't know this. I am going to be praying very hard & asking my church to pray as well. Such a dear family so admired & loved. God Bless you with perfect healing & comfort.

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Stephanie Aitchison Cundall
20 months ago

We are praying for you KC and Candice. God still performs Miracles and I believe that he can for you.

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Tammy Rector
12 months ago

BJ and I are praying for you and your sweet family. We love you guys!!

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Melissa Bratt
14 months ago

Wishing you and your family courage and strength to stand and fight as a team.

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shelley lenz
14 months ago

Watching closely the love and bravery of your family. hugs.

Deena Grieves
21 months ago
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So very sorry to hear this! Praying for healing for healing for KC and strength for the whole family.

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Leea Wilkinson Greenville
21 months ago
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Your family is our family--PVM 2005 is here for you. Sending incredibly healing and positive thoughts your way...

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Gayle Clark Blackwell
10 months ago

You are in our prayers everyday. We pray for strength for all of you to feel God's love and grow closer every day. Enjoy the beauty and warmth of Hawaii Love, hugs and prayers, Bob and Gayle Blackwell

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LeAnne Dingman
14 months ago

Prayers for the family and prayers this new medicine will work wonders for you! Love and Hugs to all.

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Kimberly Burruss Shiner
14 months ago

Your Cali family is praying for you all.

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Judy Saathoff
18 months ago

We just heard about KC and the battle your family has been in. You are all in our prayers. Where can we drop off meals, etc? Judy in Buffalo

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Diane Kerr Voelker
18 months ago

This news is shocking I'm so very sorry I didn't know this. I am going to be praying very hard & asking my church to pray as well. Such a dear family so admired & loved. God Bless you with perfect healing & comfort.

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Stephanie Aitchison Cundall
20 months ago

We are praying for you KC and Candice. God still performs Miracles and I believe that he can for you.

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