Adam Sagan's Cancer Treatment Fund

$22,261 of $50k goal

Raised by 295 people in 15 months
Hello! My name is Adam Sagan. Many of you will know me from my professional drumming work with bands such as Circle II Circle, White Empress, Into Eternity, and Witherfall. I've been fortunate enough to tour a large part of the world, bringing powerful and meaningful music to hundreds of thousands of faces across the planet. 

Outside of that, I am a son, an uncle, a brother,  a teacher, and a mentor. I work full time and own a couple of start-up businesses. I recently bought a house in Minneapolis, MN. My passions are teaching, travelling,  reading, the great outdoors, helping others and studying languages. I've always been a giver and never done very well with receiving, or asking for help when I need it, but sometimes life humbles us and changes all that.

I am now fighting the greatest battle of my life; T-Cell Lymphoblast Lymphoma. I am asking for any and all financial support I can receive to fight for my life. In addition to fast-mounting medical bills and a mortgage, even basic necessesities such as groceries and utilities are going to become an extraordinary challenge, especially as this part of the country braces to be buried in feet and feet of snow for the next several months. Every single penny raised will be used with the utmost caution and care to make sure that I not only have a chance to fight and beat this scourge, but so that I may in turn reciprocate and help others, which is what I do best. In my world, gratitude is everything, and it will be shared in spades.

Thank you all for taking the time to read and for your kind consideration.
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Update 6
Posted by Adam Sagan
5 months ago
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Hello Everyone!

I have some major news to share, so it's time for a major update!

I am now entering what should be the final stages of my treatment. Tomorrow (Friday, September 16th), I start the first steps of an autologous (sourced from one's self) Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) at the University of Minnesota. The U of M was the first facility in the world to perform a BMT some 50+ years ago, and that patient is still alive today! U of M has a world-class, brand new, state-of-the-art facility, and I'm very happy to be able to finish my treatment there.

The process itself is fairly straightforward, but the recovery will be brutal. After surgically installing what's called a central line, I'll receive a regimen of chemotherapy for 5 days. This is designed to stimulate an auto-immune response and get the body factory kicking into overdrive, producing huge amounts of stem cells. In 2-3 weeks when my counts have recovered, they will harvest my stem cells via a machine very similar to those used for donating plasma. After 2-3 "harvests", I get one more nuclear blast of chemo to wipe out my bone marrow, then have my stem cells given back to me to produce new bone marrow. It's like erasing a hard drive and re-installing all the software. It's an extremely frightening proposition, but one that has shown fantastic results, so I'm anxious to get started and recover! For the first 30 days, my immune system will be absolutely infantile. I won't be able to leave the house except for daily blood tests at the hospital. After 30 days, it all depends on how I'm feeling, but the first year is the diciest in terms of susceptibility to viruses and infections. If all goes well, I hope to get back to work in January.

We also recently discovered (and cleared up) a bacterial infection festering in a tooth on which I had a root canal done back in 2012. This is a MAJOR development, as this infection may not only have caused my December 2015 Intensive Care visit, but may be a direct contributing cause of my lymphoma as well! There is no way to know for sure, but I've suspected something amiss with this tooth since my diagnosis last November.

So there it is! Thank you all so very, very much for your financial contributions, emails, phone calls, visits...I truly could not get through this without your help. THANK YOU!

Love and Light,
Adam Sagan
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Update 5
Posted by Adam Sagan
7 months ago
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Namaste and Hello everone!

It's been a while since my last update, and there is a ton to share with you.

The last few weeks have been particularly challenging. My body has been much slower to recover from my recent rounds of chemo, which has made it difficult to keep weight on and regrow atrophied muscle mass. There are dietary restrictions involved when your white blood cell count stays low, so it's difficult to get certain nutrition when things like fresh spinach and greens are off the menu. I've had more blood transfusions and platelet infusions in the last few weeks than in the rest of my treatment combined. And for the second time, we've had a death in my family between my rounds of chemo, which definitely does not help with healing. In fact, immediately after the funeral, I spent 3 hours in a car, returning directly to the hospital where I receive treatment, to get a white blood cell booster shot, a blood transfusion, and a platelet transfusion - all in the same session! Talk about being brutal on the body...

So where do things stand now? Not all is bad news. The cancer itself is truly on the ropes! The area of malignant activity is down to about 2"x1", and its level of activity is the lowest we've ever measured. Of that, about half is what they consider the tumor. Tomorrow I go into the hospital for inpatient chemotherapy for the last time ever. Round 8 of 8! I'm excited and scared shitless at the same time; the first two times, this "B" cycle put me in Intensive Care for a week, and one of those times brought me inches from dying. The most recent "B" treatment was heavily dose-reduced, as will be this last treatment, but it still beat the hell out of me, and recovery time was significantly longer than it has been before.

After this final chemo treatment, the next step is a Stem Cell Transplant. I'm still learning about the procedure, but it sounds pretty wild. After that, it's all about restoring balance within my body. LOTS of rehabbing and rebuilding muscles, detoxing, super-charging my immune system, etc.

One thing I'm really looking forward to is officiating my dear friend Joshua's wedding in early September in North Carolina. That's right; I am officially an ordained minister in North Carolina! Ironic in so many ways, but this means the WORLD to me, and nothing, including stupid cancer, will stop me from participating.

I know this was long, but like I said...lots to share! I feel like I'm coming into the proverbial home stretch here, but I recognize how far I have yet to go. I wouldn't be where I am now without all of you, and can't get to where I'm ultimately going without all of you. THANK YOU ALL for the incredible outpouring of love and support that you have and continue to show in so many ways. I love you all, and can't wait to celebrate a clean bill of health with you! CHEERS!

-Adam
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Update 4
Posted by Adam Sagan
9 months ago
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Hi Everyone-

This update is long overdue. So much has happened in this spring. After round 4 of chemo at the end of January, I became quite sick, and on February 5th, I ended up in Intensive Care with a severe case of E. Coli. That almost killed me, but I persevered, went home to recover, and began to rebuild. Through March I got back to normal life; cooking and cleaning, driving around, working out, drumming - the things I do on the daily. I even started acupuncture and T'ai-Chi.

In mid-February I also started relying heavily on homeopathic remedies to help me beat this scourge. And for a good while it worked; indeed, scan data comparing February 19th and April 1st showed excellent progress without chemotherapy. But in April something happened. The cancer quietly and aggressively regained its strength and much of its former size. You could say it caught its second wind.

The last week I've been in an increasing amount of pain that I thought was entirely unrelated. As it turns out, this pain is from the tumor pushing against blood vessels and airways in my chest, and also pushing up against my lung, causing it to fill up with fluid again. So it's with a heavy heart but unwavering optimism and faith that I report to you all that, as of Tuesday evening of this week, I am back in the hospital and back on chemotherapy. The same chemo that has almost killed me 50% of the time I've accepted it. We have majorly altered the doses, and I can already feel that it is working, but this is a huge setback after months of progress. However, if a few months of a setback will allow me to beat this shit and move on once and for all, it's a no-brainer.

Your love and support, spiritually, emotionally, and financially, mean more now than ever. Thank you all for caring and for reading this. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Namaste.
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Update 3
Posted by Adam Sagan
9 months ago
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Hi Everyone-

This update is long overdue. So much has happened in this spring. After round 4 of chemo at the end of January, I became quite sick, and on February 5th, I ended up in Intensive Care with a severe case of E. Coli. That almost killed me, but I persevered, went home to recover, and began to rebuild. Through March I got back to normal life; cooking and cleaning, driving around, working out, drumming - the things I do on the daily. I even started acupuncture and T'ai-Chi.

In mid-February I also started relying heavily on homeopathic remedies to help me beat this scourge. And for a good while it worked; indeed, scan data comparing February 19th and April 1st showed excellent progress without chemotherapy. But in April something happened. The cancer quietly and aggressively regained its strength and much of its former size. You could say it caught its second wind.

The last week I've been in an increasing amount of pain that I thought was entirely unrelated. As it turns out, this pain is from the tumor pushing against blood vessels and airways in my chest, and also pushing up against my lung, causing it to fill up with fluid again. So it's with a heavy heart but unwavering optimism and faith that I report to you all that, as of Tuesday evening of this week, I am back in the hospital and back on chemotherapy. The same chemo that has almost killed me 50% of the time I've accepted it. We have majorly altered the doses, and I can already feel that it is working, but this is a huge setback after months of progress. However, if a few months of a setback will allow me to beat this shit and move on once and for all, it's a no-brainer.

Your love and support, spiritually, emotionally, and financially, mean more now than ever. Thank you all for caring and for reading this. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Namaste.
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Brian Werner
2 months ago
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RIP Brother, you're not in pain anymore

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Suzanne Katula
2 months ago
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Thinking of you. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

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Neila Owen
2 months ago

So much love for you Adam, thank you for the awesome memories, those 6 weeks touring with you were some of the best times I will always keep close to my heart. you are free from the pain now. Lots of love to all your family and friends.

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Denon Keegan
2 months ago

Wish I could have met you. A mutual friend talked highly of you and you sounded like a great person. Rest in Peace now

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Gabe Ledo
2 months ago

Damn...

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Liz Johnston Schwab
7 months ago

Keep fighting...you are an inspiration to all. You will teach others a lot in this world someday. ..You are special.

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Shannon Muench
7 months ago

Thanks Adam, your positivity is incredible and an inspiration. I wish you all the best with the Stem Cell Transplant and officiating the wedding!

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Mariana Franchi
9 months ago

Eu desejo que você seja forte nessa luta, Adam! Eu sei que você é capaz. É determinado e tem muito pela frente! Fico triste por não poder te ajudar da melhor forma, mas estou torcendo muito e mandando energias positivas para você! Se cuide, não desista! Queremos o seu melhor! =*

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Liz Johnston Schwab
9 months ago

Much love and thoughts and Prayers sent...As a drummer, you have the ability to BEAT THIS SHIT!!! GO GET IT.

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Ah Ne H. Ecker
15 months ago

Lots of greetings from germany. Just want xou to know that people all around the World are thinking at you. You will beat this fucking shit

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Samantha Heyn
15 months ago

Adam, you are going to murder this thing!!! You are such a great person! The letter you wrote us for our wedding was so touching! Get well soon, and sending healing words your way!!

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Bob Haxton
15 months ago

Adam Sagan you are a great friend with many friends. When you need something let me know I'll be there for you as well as probably all your other friends m/

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$22,261 of $50k goal

Raised by 295 people in 15 months
Created November 21, 2015
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$100
Guenther Sagan
2 months ago

You were one of a kind. Awesome. Rest in peace.

$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
KK
$50
Kristin Kraft
2 months ago

My brother was in Halcyon with Adam back in the day. I'd been friends with him on Facebook and had been following his illness. I cannot stop feeling stunned that he is gone. He was such a tremendous soul and it is so clear the immensely positive impact he had on so many people's lives. To his family and dearest friends, I'm so sorry for your loss.

NM
$100
Noah Miller
2 months ago

I love Adam, I wish I would have done more.

TM
$10
Teodora Mousseva
2 months ago (Monthly Donation)
CW
$50
Curt Wold
2 months ago
MN
$80
Mark Nickell
2 months ago

My sons & I first met Adam at ProgPower USA in 2004. Great guy. So sorry to hear of his passing.

KA
$50
Karissa St. Aubi
2 months ago
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Hard to believe he is gone. He did so much in his short 36 years. The amount of donations and kind words really show how many people he touched.

AM
$50
Amelia, Quinn, Nadia & Isla McConnell
2 months ago

Never a better guy to walk you to your car in the Edgewood parking lot at night. Never a better always shirtless, water drinking buddy in a tiny studio in somebody's basement. Seriously, this is like a star went out of the sky.

DE
$10
David Esopi
2 months ago
Brian Werner
2 months ago
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RIP Brother, you're not in pain anymore

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Suzanne Katula
2 months ago
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Thinking of you. Sending positive thoughts and prayers.

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Neila Owen
2 months ago

So much love for you Adam, thank you for the awesome memories, those 6 weeks touring with you were some of the best times I will always keep close to my heart. you are free from the pain now. Lots of love to all your family and friends.

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Denon Keegan
2 months ago

Wish I could have met you. A mutual friend talked highly of you and you sounded like a great person. Rest in Peace now

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Gabe Ledo
2 months ago

Damn...

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Liz Johnston Schwab
7 months ago

Keep fighting...you are an inspiration to all. You will teach others a lot in this world someday. ..You are special.

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Shannon Muench
7 months ago

Thanks Adam, your positivity is incredible and an inspiration. I wish you all the best with the Stem Cell Transplant and officiating the wedding!

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Mariana Franchi
9 months ago

Eu desejo que você seja forte nessa luta, Adam! Eu sei que você é capaz. É determinado e tem muito pela frente! Fico triste por não poder te ajudar da melhor forma, mas estou torcendo muito e mandando energias positivas para você! Se cuide, não desista! Queremos o seu melhor! =*

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Liz Johnston Schwab
9 months ago

Much love and thoughts and Prayers sent...As a drummer, you have the ability to BEAT THIS SHIT!!! GO GET IT.

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AE
Ah Ne H. Ecker
15 months ago

Lots of greetings from germany. Just want xou to know that people all around the World are thinking at you. You will beat this fucking shit

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Samantha Heyn
15 months ago

Adam, you are going to murder this thing!!! You are such a great person! The letter you wrote us for our wedding was so touching! Get well soon, and sending healing words your way!!

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Bob Haxton
15 months ago

Adam Sagan you are a great friend with many friends. When you need something let me know I'll be there for you as well as probably all your other friends m/

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