Lalonde Family

$71,225 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 376 people in 16 months
Created December 9, 2017
on behalf of Sean Lalonde
If you haven't read the newest update we have exciting news! Fundraising for Mexico treatment was successful! Sean is going to Mexico!! We are still raising money for the family as they juggle many current and future medical expenses. Our new shirt campaign is up and running until March 23rd. That means you have just 2.5 weeks to snag one of these awesome designs! https://www.bonfire.com/store/this-is-my-cancer-fundraiser The proceeds will go straight to the Lalonde family, and the quality of these shirts is phenomenal! 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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April 22

Yesterday I took the kids to church on my own which always feels a little strange. We all had a lovely time at church. After we went home and Sean mustered up enough strength to get out of the house. We went and watched BREAKTHROUGH as a family. Pretty inspiring true story of a kid actually being raised from the dead. Crazy miracle. It was good to talk about the movie and what each of our highlights or what we could relate to in the movie individually.

Went to bed and was woken up by Sean. This has become our new normal and has been going on for weeks but for the last three days he wakes up multiple times very disoriented and not knowing where he is or what time it is and not being able to communicate what he’s thinking.

Since being drained on Thursday (8liters of fluid) Sean has been extremely disorientated and not himself. I had hoped we could correct this at home by him taking lactolouse. Truth be told I’ve been avoiding the hospital. Today we were suppose to start all his health regime from Mexico. (Bought over $11000 worth of supplements) I was praying and believing we wouldn’t have to go to the hospital and could get ahead of this and not have another set back.

At 3:30am I ended up bringing Sean to the ER. His ammonium levels were higher then when he was admitted back in the beginning of March. He is getting admitted to the hospital and is being monitored. Currently we are still in triage as we are waiting to speak with a doctor and for a room.

This is definitely not how I wanted to spend my Easter Monday. We had planned to have my family over for dinner. But I am thankful for yesterday, for the sunshine, and good time we had. This season has really taught me to cherish every moment.
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April 17

Thank you. Wanted to take this time to give a huge shout out to all the people that made I and Sean’s trip to Mexico possible.
We arrived home very late last night. Everything went well and we were happy to be home in our bed with our kids. As I lay in bed my mind started racing. Thinking of the many many people who have supported us this past year.

Special thanks to Anne and Mary. Both of them took holiday time and unpaid hours off work, came out on their own dime and spent a total of 19 days with our kids. They didn’t just get threw the time either. They made it so memorable for the kids and made each one of them feel safe, and loved and I am so thankful.
Thank you to Esther and Brian who took them on the last 2day stint. Juggling their jobs and getting the kids when they were really ready for us to come home. Brian and Esther have done so much for us this past year and without their support I’d be lost. Esther makes dinner every Thursday and brings it over. Oh and she cleaned my house and bought me flowers. I won the sister lottery.
Thank you to all the people who brought meals regularly over the past three weeks, all of these people have brought a multitude of food over the past year and always show up with a meal when I need it. Our kids feel so loved seeing so many care for them. Thank you mom for making their lunches for two weeks straight. This is not a fun job and they loved your lunches, now to get them back to eating the leftovers I shove in the the lunch kit. Thank you Sue for making lunch and ordering them hot lunch for the month such a blessing and countless others who drove them to birthday parties and soccer games. I am so thankful for this community that came around and has been around this entire year. We feel blessed.

Of course thank you to those who have prayed, bought shirts, and given money! There were two anonymous donors who gave very large amounts of money which made this last trip possible. It’s hard to relate what a relief it is when you have to write a chq each week for 8000-10000 dollarsUS at the clinic and to not have to worry about taking out a loan or whether we will be able to put food on the table when you get home. We are so thankful that we got to do this trip.

It was a super hard trip and Sean has been giving his all. He is returning home with a lot more energy and no liver pain. He has not taken pain killers since he was in the hospital in Mexico. So over 2weeks. However from the different complications that took place while down there he is extremely bloated and his feet a very swollen. He is getting drained tomorrow morning so we are believing for all to go well and for this to bring him some relief.

Thank you for continuing to pray, love, and fight with us. We continue one day at a time.
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April 12

Thank you for all your messages, love, support, and prayer. I want to also take this time to give a huge shout out to all my family and dear ones back home who are taking such good care of our kids. We are so thankful for you.

Sean finished his treatment today instead of tomorrow. They were afraid his port might start bleeding when they took it out so we wanted to make sure we would be near the hospital the next few days to monitor the situation.

GOOD NEWS! It did not start to bleed. I can’t really explain what a relief this is after watching blood pour out of him for three days straight. There is still risk of it opening so we will be monitoring it the next few days. As it didn’t bleed initially when it was put in but opened up the following day. The doctor said don’t worry he’s going to be ok. What a nice change. Even though he is erring on the side of Hope and there is a chance it could open and they are going to monitor it. He still gave hope. I so appreciated this. I wish this attitude could come to North America’s medical field. Giving hope is ok. Even if it’s not going to be ok we still need hope. This is coming from me and I’m a realist.

Sean is feeling better then when he came. He is ready to see the kids again. We bought all the medication to bring back. There are around 20 different supplements, costing over $11,000 Canadian. Pills to take, tinctures to drink, and some vaccines as well. We will continue these with other supplements we’ve been using along side some therapy machines we purchased. We will start this as soon as we are home.

Thank you for your continued support. Sean is feeling much more hopeful returning home and we are forever thankful to you and how you have played a roll in this.
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April 9

This trip to Mexico has been a lot different then our last one. It has been hard to not have the kids here as over the last 16years we have always done everything as a family. They are all doing well and we are so thankful for our community that has come around them in our absence.

I have found this time too compared to December, Sean has had a huge battle not only physically but mentally as well. And although most doctors in Canada will disagree, I have seen how much battling sickness is also part of your spirit and mind battle. The Canadian system has broken seans spirit over and over again. Here the Doctors are trying to encourage him and get his hopes up but it is hard after battling bad news for so long.

Often I’ve felt discouraged or thought "maybe we need to accept the fact that he’s sick and he’s not getting better". But whenever I start thinking like that it is crazy how much encouragement comes from others, to not let go, to not give up. Like seriously random people in a Mexican restaurant who speak English have brought encouragement. They share their miracle stories and say don’t give up you’ll get healed, to Sean. The guy in the coffee shop asks me “do you believe in God? It’s ok if you don’t but look to him I believe he’s going to heal your husband.”
Like what. Ok God. We won’t give up. You have raised dead people. I’ve seen miracles happen.

He can do this for us too. So we are still believing for a total miracle. Sean is doing treatment everyday. Please continue to pray for his headaches. Also that he’d be able to sleep at night. He was up all night last night.

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. -the Bible
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Raised by 376 people in 16 months
Created December 9, 2017
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