Lalonde Family

$54,680 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 358 people in 14 months
Created December 9, 2017
on behalf of Sean Lalonde
As you may have heard, the Lalonde family has received some bad news. Sean has just been diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, an advanced non-operable liver cancer. He is currently being treated at KGH where his doctors are working to manage his pain and to chart a course of action. As a pastor in our community, Sean, along with his wife Valerie and their five children, Jenna 16,  Millah 11 Lennon 9, Quinton 7, and Jovie 5, need help to make this Christmas season as normal as possible for the kids. In the event of a situation where doctors are saying that modern medicine cannot help him, the family may pursue additional holistic nutritional therapies. The costs associated with this are not covered by medical insurance, and there will be several different types of therapies that Sean will need to undergo.  We are raising the money to take pressure off the family financially during this difficult time and to provide support for maximizing the opportunities to beat this cancer. The money raised will be used in the following ways: -medical treatments and medication not covered by  insurance  -groceries  -childcare  -hot school lunches  -gas  -travel as required  -unforeseen costs In addition to giving monetarily. we are organizing meals for the family including dinners, kids school lunches, and snacks for the hospital; To sign up please visit:  https://mealtrain.com/z989g6 We are believing and praying for healing, we invite you to join and pray in agreement with that! Consider the Greek word sozo, which has been translated in the New Testament the following ways: Save or Saved. Whole. Healed. We are praying for a miracle so Sean will be made whole again. We thank you for supporting and showing your love a family who does the same for our community!
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Feb 17

Thank you for all your continued prayers and support!
What a week.
We raised $5000 with our T-shirt fundraiser. Thank you to every single person who shared or bought a shirt! Can’t wait to see them on you. If you take a pic please send it to me or hashtag it #prayforseanlalonde

After my last update Sean had to get stitches to close up his wound. His blood is not clotting right so he also has been getting vitamin k shots. The hole has healed up now but he is retaining fluid on his right side by his liver.

On Monday sean had a ct scan done on his face because he’s had numbness on his right side. While in the hospital his bloodwork was drastically different/ worst then the last time it was taken so they wanted to do an ultrasound of his liver and see why.

The ultrasound showed no tumour growth since September and no change in the blood clot in his liver either. They also said his liver is still functioning well. So they were unable to explain why his blood levels had changed so much.

He has been feeling a bit better this week. His appetite has increased which is huge. He still has very little energy and because he’s not in constant pain (as he has been in the past) he has been over doing it. He tries to hangout with the kids and get stuff done around the house, this leaves him exhausted and brings some pain. So learning to pace himself is on the schedule.

He also has not been sleeping great and is up a lot during the night.

Thank you for all your love and support. We are getting closer and closer to going back to Mexico. We finally have a good routine of the home treatments and are seeing the positive effects of that so this is encouraging.

Thank you for the continued meals and groceries. This has lightened my load immensely as I have to cook three meals daily for him and three separate different meals for us, plus all his care and the daily work of caring for five kids.

Hope you all enjoy this family day wkn. Hug your families and hold them close, everyday is truly a gift.
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Go fund me update

A new month. January was a real hard month in this home. New, tough, time consuming routine, Sean not feeling well, and having a lot of pain, but we made it through. And so many times you came along side and helped us, whether through the many groceries brought to our door, the meals dropped off, friends coming and cleaning, and all of you who continue to share our story, pray for us, and support us financially. Our hearts are entering this month full.

Sean started back at Alligned Chiro with dr.Brian last Friday. Already with just three adjustments he is feeling the positive effects.
Today is the first day in a couple months he did not take a pain killer!

Yesterday Sean got his stomach drained again taking out over 6liters of fluid. This has led to him feeling quite weak and tired. The site where they did the drain as has not scanned over and continues to bleed. We may need to go into the hospital if it does not scab over tonight. It has a few times since yesterday but keeps reopening.

Thank you for all the love I always appreciate running into people or getting messages where people say we are on their hearts and minds. It means so much to me to know so many of you truly care about our family.
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Jan 24

Thank you thank you thank you. I have been overwhelmed with the love of those who have reached out since our update on practical ways to help. It is humbling to ask for help but I am always reminded people can’t help if they do not know how. So thank you. The kids came home and acted as though they’d never seen food before after a grocery delivery from friends. I swear they haven’t been going hungry I just hadn’t done a big grocery shop in awhile. Lol.

Sean’s procedure went well yesterday. His doctor put 4more elastics around varicies and wants to go in again in 6-8weeks. She thought he will probably not need more but wants to stay on top of it. She also thought he may have an infection so he is having a bunch of tests done for that.

Sean's throat is now very sore and this is making it hard for him to eat. His appetite still is not great either.

Also TODAY we are launching our T-shirt fundraiser! Sean did extensive research and found this company that will partner with us for 3 WEEKS. They have really nice quality shirts. If we sell 2500 shirts we will have all the funds for Sean to go back to Mexico for treatment. If every person on this page buys one shirt we will be almost half way there! Thank you for all your support.
PLEASE share this fundraiser with your friends I know together we can do this. If you want me to send you a copy of the link PM me. www.bonfire.com/store/this-is-my-cancer-fundraiser/
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Thank you for continuing on this journey. I am amazed by how many of you continue to love on us through messages, finances, food, ect. When Sean was first diagnosed we knew we could not battle this on our own and reached out to you all. This has been very humbling to ask for help in time of need. Sean and I are usually the ones helping others and it has become even harder to keep relying on others. I have really had to examine my heart and adjust my pride and not be ashamed to reach out for help. Thank you for being so gracious.

Sean has had a very rough couple of weeks. We are in week three of his home treatment and he is still having a lot of pain in his liver and stomach. He is back on pain killers and unable to do much. This is very discouraging and we are assessing and trying to figure out a way to get back to Mexico.

Tomorrow Sean is having a scope down his throat to look at his stomach and see if there are any more varices or holes. They are planning to repair any and all damage. I’m believing that this will be the first step in his complete healing.

Sean's appetite has not be great either. He continues to feel quite bloated and usually does not feel like eating. This can also be very discouraging as he was eating so much while we were in Mexico, and had been gaining weight! I’ve continued to try and make three healthy, nutritious meals daily but lots of times he just can’t eat it.

I have made a list of practical ways you can help. If interested please take a look. (Listed at the bottom of this update, as well as pinned to the main description.)

Again we know everyone has done so much. We are so thankful for your continued love and prayers. I hate these hard updates but know that God is ever present in the storm. We are so thankful for our amazing community sending us so much love.

List of ways you can help...

Visit our meal train page:
'The Lalonde Family" and sign up to bring a meal!

House cleaning:
contact Rachel Richot

Drop off any of the following items:
Melon (any type)
Strawberries or Grapes
Peppers (bell any colour)
Lettuce (organic)
Cracker or granola bars for lunches
Ceaser dressing
Sour cream
Almond milk
Toilet paper
Paper towel
Dish soap
Laundry soap

Any of the above even one or two items dropped off would be a huge help.

Groceries for Sean specifically:
Organic fruits
Or vegetables
Oranges for juice
Celery for juice
Organic meat chicken or beef
Organic sausage
Annie's gluten free Mac and cheese
Organic cheese
Gluten free bread or wraps
Gluten free oats
Agave syrup
Coconut oil
Almond milk
Gluten free sugar free baking
Ingredients for baking

Our schedule is so full at the moment that these simple tasks are quite daunting. Any help in these areas would be greatly appreciated.

Also if anyone owns a sauna that Sean could come use or is selling one. Please let us know. This would be a huge help for him.
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