Buddy Wrestles Cancer

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Raised by 67 people in 31 months
Katelyn Batson
on behalf of Franklin Batson
Franklin "Buddy" Batson is a loving father, husband, son, and coach. He is a hard worker and does everything he can for his family and friends. He has coached wrestling for 20 years and does it to give back to the sport that he loves and has helped shape him into the man he is today.

In October of 2016 he went to the doctor for what was thought to be a lipoma (a fatty tumor) and was told it was nothing and it was scheduled to be removed. On the day of his surgery in December of 2016 the surgeon ordered an MRI and the results were worrisome. They referred him to a soft tissue specialist at Duke University Hospital. Soon after they started running tests, Buddy was diagnosed with a sarcoma (a rare soft tissue cancer). This news was completely unexpected and has been a hardship on our family.

Buddy will be recieving 5 weeks of radiation at Duke University Hospital starting January 17, 2017 and ending February 20, 2017. He will then be having surgery to finally have the tumor removed.

Although our family has health insurance, it does not pay for everything and we will have many unexpected expenses to pay out of pocket.

We know that Buddy has what it takes to "take down" cancer and will win his match.

The Batson family appreciates your thoughts, prayers, and support during this difficult time. We do not think we can thank our friends and family enough with how thoughtful they have been and continue to be.
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Dad is two weeks out from surgery. He had his stitches removed on Thursday and his incision is looking good! Last week the pathology report came back for the tumor and his margins were all negative. That means that the surgeons got all of the tumor in one go. This is fantastic news.

Unfortunately, this does not mean he is cancer free. He still has quite a journey to go.

Tomorrow (Monday, February 20) he goes back to Duke to get set up for his radiation treatments which will resume on the 27th. He will have a new mold made for his treatments as well as a few scans. He has 5 more weeks of radiation to go. He will be staying at Duke during the week and he will get to come home on the weekends.

Just so everyone knows, he was diagnosed with an Aggressive Grade 3 Undifferentiated Spindle Cell Sarcoma. There are only 500 cases a year of this type of cancer, it's really rare.

We still need your prayers that his future scans come back clean. He will have to have scans every 2-3 months for the next 3 years.

Our family thanks everyone who has supported and continues to support us.
The incision
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Recap of period 1: dad is green; cancer is red

Dad had his tumor removed yesterday! The surgery went very well, he will have a permanent indention in his shoulder and his left arm will be weaker than his right, but he said "as long as I can reel in a fish I really don't care". He is weak right now but the surgeons were able to close him up without using a skin graft.

The tumor held 2 liters of blood (1 point red) and dad lost a liter of blood during surgery (1 point red). However, dad managed a reversal (2 points green) and took down (2 points green) the tumor, which was the size of a softball, ultimately coming out on top. He has eaten all of his meals since his surgery and is recovering steadily.

Score at the end of period 1: Dad-4 cancer- 2

He should be home in a couple days to rest until he has to go back to Duke to finish up his 4 weeks of radiation treatments.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers, thoughts and donations. Please continue to pray for him and the doctors at Duke.
No more tumor!
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Dad had a rough week this week due to some complications from excessive blood loss. This caused him to become severely dehydrated and he had multiple rounds of IV fluids all week. His hemoglobin also dropped to 9.4 from the bleeding and he has been running a fever all week.

In a meeting with his doctors on Thursday, it was decided that he had received enough radiation up to this point to go ahead and remove the tumor. The tumor has caused the skin to stretch and bleed abnormal amounts and the swelling from the radiation added to the pain. Along with that, the growth has made the radiation treatments harder because the doctors are not sure if the radiation is hitting the tumor because of the excessive fluid around it.

Dad's surgery has been scheduled for Friday, February 3 at Duke University Medical Center. He is expected to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days before coming home to rest and recover. Then he will return to Duke to continue his radiation treatments for 4 more weeks.

We really appreciate all of your prayers and support during this time. We ask for continued prayers and if you could share this message that would be great.
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My dad's treatments started this week. They went well, but they did take longer than expected due to extra imaging because the tumor is in a place that Duke's specialists have never dealt with before. Dad is a little bit more tired than usual, which was expected. They plan to do six treatments within five days this week, we will see how that goes.

He stayed at his "home away from home" for the first time this week. He really likes the environment and he says the people there are very nice and welcoming.

We just want to thank everyone who has supported us through prayers, thoughts and donations. Please keep the prayers and thoughts coming, they are really lifting his spirits during this time.

There is a picture of the tumor attached. It is quite graphic but we thought some might like to see what is going on and what the doctors at Duke are dealing with. It is in a place where they have to make a lot of calculations so that the radiation does not hit his shoulder joint, heart, or lungs.

3 treatments down; 22 more to go!
The tumor
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