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Get Monty Back in the Pool

$40,975 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 244 people in 5 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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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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Monty finally gets to come home today after his five-day admittance to Kaiser Walnut Creek. His doctors thought it would best to have him admitted for this chemo course because of the New Year's holiday. He'll be recovering at home over the next few days. While in the hospital, Monty got a visit from his favorite cousin, Kyle. Seeing Kyle really cheered Monty up! Monty also got to see Coach Mike; which Monty really enjoyed. His Aunt Jane also came to lift his spirits while he was in the hospital! He hasn't been able to have very many visitors, so it was great for him to see people that love and care about him. Overall, his stay went smoothly, except for some discomfort using the chemo port for the first time (because of his large muscles...). Most of the time, my parents are alternating between working and taking care of Monty. They hope that over time, Monty's comfort levels and accessibility will increase as the tumors shrink. For now, we are grateful that the treatments seem to be having an effect and he's keeping his spirits up.

Over the next few days, we expect Monty's energy levels to be low, but he's looking forward to reading some notes and letters from the Aquabears! Monty is so motivated by the words of encouragement he's received so far. This experience has been really difficult on our family. The warm meals have been so helpful and appreciated. We don't know what to expect each day, but the support from others gives us all strength and helps to lessen the stressors in our daily lives. Our hearts are warmed by our friends and family from near and far that have reached out and offered all kinds of support for us, thank you!
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$40,975 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 244 people in 5 months
Created December 18, 2018
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on behalf of Matthew Randall
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