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Tanner's Cancer Fight

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Created July 6, 2017
This is Tanner. Tanner is our 30 year old son and the father of two young boys.  He was recently diagnosed with cancer. He writes his story below:

I'm Tanner Lee, and I have recently been diagnosed with mixed seminoma and non-seminoma testicular cancer. I had emergency surgery on June 21, 2017 to remove my left testicle. It had a 7 centimeter malignant tumor, which is larger than a lime. There is a strong possibility that the cancer has spread into my body as well. I have a golf ball sized lymph node cluster on my left collar bone and constant lower back pain. It's been nearly impossible to work through the pain lately.

Rachel, my partner, and mother of our two young boys, Henry and Van, has been my backbone these last couple months. Her support has meant everything. She has a small business, but her income, alone, cannot keep us afloat. I'm a server at Siena Tavern, a very popular restaurant in downtown Chicago. In my industry, there's no paid medical leave. So, being out of work is having a serious impact on my life right now. I went back to work just 8 days after surgery, but it's been extremely hard . I've had to call off a few times since returning . My family depends on me, hugely. With our car payment, mortgage and utilities beginning to fall behind, and our grocery money dwindling... It's scary right now.  


I also don't have health insurance. I have been uninsured for a while for a couple  reasons.  One, I live a super  healthy lifestyle, and two, I don't take prescription meds or anything, so I didn't have any regular medical costs to cover. Obviously I got a serious wake up call. My medical bills are already up to almost $20,000 and I've only begun my fight. I have another round of blood labs and six CT scans happening this week.

About 4  years ago, my whole family went vegan. With heart disease, cancer, and chronic illness happening to loved ones all around us, we decided to commit to a cleaner, healthier lifestyle that would help prevent many serious conditions. I have done hundreds of hours of research on ways to naturally optimize health and vitality. Unfortunately, testicular cancer is much less affected by diet than most other life threatening conditions.

I'm doing everything it takes to fight this and beat it completely. I need your help. My family is everything to me. Please help me take of myself so I can keep taking care of them. If you can't donate, I ask you to please at least share this on whatever social media you use. Every little bit helps me get through this and become a stronger and better man than ever before.

We would love any help you can give Tanner and his family during this difficult time, prayers included!

Much love and gratitude,

Lynn and Scott Lee

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Hello Everyone,

I wanted to send out this final update through Go Fund Me to say an enormous, heart-felt THANK YOU for being with all of us on this journey. This is definitely not how we had hoped that Tanner's journey would end but we are at peace because he is with our Lord and is no longer suffering. For so many of you who have donated, you have kept him and his family in food, clothing, home and transportation since June. What an amazing gift.
This account is attached to Tanner's personal bank account so I will be closing it down tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, 2018. Donated monies will be available to us for a short time but from now on we are asking that any donations be made to Covenant Church, West Lafayette, IN ( http://www.covenantepc.org/giving/) with Tanner Lee in the comment line where it allows you to donate to "Other". The church will hold funds for us to disperse to Tanner's family.
We are so pleased with Go Fund Me and how easy this made it for people to help Tanner, Rachel, Henry and Van.

God Bless You All,

Scott and Lynn Lee and all of Tanner's family
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Hello Family and Friends,

I wanted to let everyone know of a time and place to gather and honor Tanner and love on all of us.

RECEPTION
Tuesday, April 10
5-8pm
COVENANT CHURCH
211 Knox Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47906

MEMORIAL SERVICE
Wednesday, April 11
10:30am
COVENANT CHURCH
211 Knox Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Here is what we want from you:

STORIES! Write down your stories with pen and paper, type them out and print them off, anything works. If you cannot make it, email them to me through this site.

PHOTOS! Post images and tag Tanner in them and/or email them to me at the above email address.

VOICES! We plan to have a singing of Amazing Grace (my chains are gone). If you have a voice, especially one that has ever performed with Tanner (First Edition anyone?) please come to the Wednesday service and join in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MZgXXUW08Q

Tanner's sweet boys are only 9 (Henry) and 5 (Van) years old and will need these to help them remember their dad and learn what kind of man he was. We will compile them and make a book for each of the kids, Rachel, us and his siblings. These are stories we will treasure to the ends of our lives.

Seeing everyone's posts on social media has confirmed everything we always knew about Tanner. He had the sweetest nature. He loved people and they loved him back. He was funny. He was talented. He was a fabulous dad. He worked hard. He was upbeat and positive. He had the best smile. He had great eyebrows. His hair flew around when he played the drums. He made people feel better about themselves. He made us crazy. He made us proud. He was just what we needed.

Please come and celebrate him with us.

Much love,

Scott and Lynn
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Our beautiful, fierce Tanner was lifted to the arms of Jesus at about 4:30 this morning. He fought hard for life here with us, especially Henry, Van, and Rachel, but the beast of cancer just took over his body. Our comfort is that he is whole again and has joined some of his grandparents who I imagine are watching him skateboard and play the drums.

Last night we drank some wine in his hospital room and played tons of music. It was a concert of sorts and if you knew Tanner, you know he loved music. All of his siblings and their spouses were there with me, Scott, and Rachel. I believe it was a send off Tanner would have approved of.

Please keep us in prayer as we are missing him so much. We will let you know when we have a memorial gathering planned.

Thank you for loving us through this.
We love you, Tanner.❤
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