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Get Monty Back in the Pool

$42,455 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 249 people in 7 months
Created December 18, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Matthew Randall
This gofundme was created to help the Randall family support Monty with his battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Monty was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in December of 2018. Since then, Monty's determination has shown everyone how serious he is about overcoming this obstacle. Monty's drive is to get back in the pool to race again. His treatments have already begun, and will include chemo and radiation over the next 12+ months! As his supporters, we have to think of this as an endurance race, like Monty's event, the 200 butterfly. The financial support from here will help our family get Monty back into racing shape and beat the cancer to the wall! (It's a swimming joke). Monty's parents, Matthew and Diane Randall, are both alternating taking time off work to ensure that Monty is able to get to his appointments, eat a healthy diet, and receives the care he needs.
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Monty is finally past the halfway point for chemo. This past week he finished his 9th of 17 cycles! Fortunately, over the last 3 months, there haven't been any setbacks. His doctors say that his pelvic fracture is healing itself with new bone growth as his tumor shrinks considerably, which is the best news we could hope for. This has allowed Monty to no longer need any pain meds and be able to get around more easily without a walker or wheelchair.
Monty continues to swim on his good days. Swimming invigorates him and lifts his spirits like no other. He even has his goggle tan back! Being at the pool gives Monty a chance to visit with his teammates and supportive coaches. Coach Monty hopes to visit his younger swimmers later this summer, so be on the lookout for him on the pool deck!
Monty was really glad to reunite with some of his DVC swimming friends at a BBQ this summer. He looks forward to being able to see his cousins that will be coming to visit later this month! We were also able to get Monty a passport, so we can plan an upcoming family trip to celebrate the end of his grueling treatment and enjoy time together as a family somewhere warm and sunny (Monty's choice)!
We appreciate the continued thoughts, prayers, and support throughout this challenging year (or more).
* I know it has been a while between updates, that is mostly because it feels to us like no news is good news. My parents continue to support Monty through all of his treatments and helping him feel as comfortable and happy as possible. We hope another update will be coming soon when we pictures and scan results in Early August!
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Well, Monty is back to chemo after his radiation. While there have been several set-backs, we've chosen to focus on all of the positive things that Monty can do like swimming, going to the movies, and getting in some home work outs. His doctors gave him the go-ahead to get into the pool. During one of his "good weeks", Monty made it to Heather Farms to swim three times. On Thursday, he even slid into the Aquabears practice for their warm up (causing a little trepidation on our mother's part). Getting into the pool restored some sense of normalcy for Monty and both of my parents, our Aunt Jane, and I were so glad to see his smile come back. Monty's obvious joy when getting back into the pool was shared by all of us. We're grateful for Coach Mike and the Heather Farms staff for helping Monty get back in the pool! Monty started chemo again today for his 4th of 17 cycles. When times get hard for Monty, we know that he has something to look forward to and a team that supports him! I don't think our family can ever say thank you enough for all of the support from our friends and family! This battle is extremely difficult, and we are only about a quarter of the way through. Monty's pain has mostly subsided. Although he still has a fractured pelvis, he'll be starting physical therapy soon to begin learning how to walk on it safely. This will allow him to gain more mobility. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his treatment.
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The past few weeks have had their share of ups and downs. After the unsuccessful attempts to remove the blood clot in Monty’s leg, and the weakness in his pelvis bone; Monty is finally gaining some mobility and pain relief as the tumor shrinks. We also found out that there is a fracture in Monty’s pelvis. With the help of occupational and physical therapists, Monty is learning how to get around and gaining strength in his upper body. He completed 15 days of radiation, with mostly-tolerable side effects. Our family and friends have continued to rally around our family and cheer on Monty. Monty’s aunts: Jane, Deni, and Doreen have been around the house to help take care of Monty and provide extra support. Thank you to all of our friends that continue to provide comfort and food to our family!

Monty will have one week off before beginning chemo again. We expect him to have 15 more 3-week cycles. He’s hoping to make it on to the Aquabear pool deck during his week off (so check back soon for some pictures). He’s looking forward to seeing the kids he used to coach, and being surrounded by the positive energy of his team. My dad will be building a ramp soon so their house will be more accessible for Monty to go on outings to the pool and movies again. For now, he’s enjoying some time while he feels a little better by playing video games and eating some of his favorite foods.
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Monty finally got to come home last night after an unexpected hospital stay. Although he's doing better now, Monty had a difficult eight days in the hospital. Monty went in because he was experiencing severe leg pain. The doctors determined that he had deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot) in his leg. His doctors also noticed that a fracture had developed on his pelvis. These conditions caused a lot of pain and stress for Monty, but he is now learning to use a wheel chair and managing the pain. On a positive note, scans revealed that his first two rounds of chemo have been effective at shrinking his tumors. The revised plan is for radiation to begin soon to give his pelvis time to heal before resuming chemo. In the next few weeks, Monty will not be able to move around much, but he is surrounded by the letters and notes of encouragement that have been sent to him from our family, friends, and the swimming community! Monty has a lot of hard work ahead of him in his recovery; please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
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$42,455 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 249 people in 7 months
Created December 18, 2018
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on behalf of Matthew Randall
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