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HELP TREY KICK CANCER’S ASS!  
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On Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, Trey Sieradski, 15 yrs., casually showed his parents a small lump on the side of his neck. It looked like a swollen gland.  Perhaps he was fighting a cold.  His parents made sure he was at the pediatrician’s office the next day.

Little did they realize that within the week Trey would be diagnosed with Stage II Burkitt’s Lymphoma (a rare and highly aggressive blood cancer) and receive his first chemotherapy treatment on Monday, Nov 13, 2017. Life went from normal to crisis about as fast as this type of cancer grows – Burkitt tumors double in size every 25 hours. This is the fastest-growing human tumor known to science.  Trey’s tumor has grown rapidly inside his nasal cavity, wrapping itself around his throat and vocal chords, partially blocking his air passages and dangerously pinching his carotid artery.

Trey’s reaction to this devastating news? “I’m gonna kick cancer’s ass ... and then this will make a great college essay topic.” 

That, of course, is classic Trey.

Always a fierce competitor with a will to win, Trey does everything he sets his mind to, and does it at 100%. If you’ve ever seen him wrestle, or dive for a ball in the outfield, you know he does NOT give up!  Always a smile and a song in his heart, Trey walks on the bright side.  He has a heart for the underdog, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind or do what’s right. He’s an extremely driven, uber-organized honor student who wants to be an engineer and make a difference in the world.  A formidable athlete, Trey recently placed 112th out of 5000+ in the Ft. Collins Adult Spartan race.  He earned his Eagle Scout rank last year at 14 years old.   Trey is a witty observer with a quick sense of humor.  He loves one-wheeling, joking around, dancing like a fool, and his 9 lb. pooch, Tank.  Above all, he’s just a really great kid. 

But for all his tenacity and love of life, Trey needs a power greater than himself at this time. His parents and brother Chase, above all, ask for your unceasing prayers. While hesitant to ask for financial help, they’ve accepted that it will be necessary. This type of cancer is curable but requires intense chemotherapy over a six-month period with significant emotional and financial costs. Trey will need to be hospitalized during each round of chemotherapy, as his kidneys and liver must be monitored closely due the rapid die-off of cancer cells that release toxins into the body, as well as the side effects of the hard-hitting chemo schedule necessary to counter-punch this aggressive cancer.

Please pray for Trey and the Sieradski family in their time of great need. If you are able, please consider a donation to carry them through this period of tremendous stress and overwhelming medical expenses. Per Trey’s request, any unused portion of this donated money will be passed forward to other families who are helping their child battle cancer.  Also, please post this link on your social media outlets and forward it to anyone who may be moved to help.

Other ways to help: 

Donate a meal. You may sign up to provide a meal to Trey and his parents . (Chase is receiving meals from family and friends in the neighborhood.)

Donate restaurant cards, hotel points and gas cards. Contact Jen Moody at moodypartyof5@gmail.com or 303-263-7312.
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TREY & FAMILY ON 9NEWS/DENVER!

Anchor Kim Christiansen took a personal interest in Trey's story, and did a beautiful and moving piece about his battle with cancer and love of baseball. It aired last night, May 31, 2018. Enjoy!!

Paste this in your browser:
https://www.9news.com/article/features/baseball-was-a-lifeline-to-this-teen-battling-cancer/73-560471818

(Apologies for the old-school cut-and-paste, but we are having problems with sending a video-attachment.)
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Oops, the last and best part of our final update got cut off. From Cynthia Sieradski, Trey's mom:

Mike, Chase, and I will always be grateful to all of you who have been with us through this time in our lives; praying, hoping, sending good thoughts and well wishes, donating time, energy, and money to save our boy. We are so happy to be on this winning side with a keen awareness of what it takes to battle, and how many are fighting. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the support from dear family, friends, and strangers-now-friends. There are so many of you to thank: thousands probably. In every way, from big to small, you have made a difference. You will always remain deep in our hearts and please know that Trey is a living, walking, breathing testament to your contribution to his life, and to the awesome power of love. God notices and miracles abound.
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Dear Supporters of Trey Sieradski and Family -- One final, happy, hopeful update from Trey's mom, Cynthia ...

How lucky are we to be able to say that we are on the other side of the equation with our battle kicking cancer’s ass!? Trey had his port surgically removed on Tuesday, March 6th. It was the last big medical procedure associated with the immediate treatment for Burkitt’s. The symbolism of this 12th surgery was huge for Trey and for the rest of us. It means we can officially focus on recovery. Cancer is horrible and chemo is even more brutal, so recovery will really be a life-long undertaking.

He is back to school with a full schedule, which makes him happy, but also very tired some days. I am adjusting to being back to work since March 1st. Chase is moving through the last few months of being a senior and will be headed to the University of Alabama in August. And last week, Mike took all of us to Arizona for Spring Break to enjoy Spring Training, a little sun, and some R&R. It was Trey’s second trip to see the Rockies. He was blessed to go with a group from Children’s (without parents!) and had the time of his life doing everything baseball.

We have all moved toward a more plant-based diet and Trey is taking supplements to help rebuild his body, courtesy of dear friends who made it possible. His goal is to get back to pre-cancer shape and hit homers for his Mullen Baseball team. The Metropolitan State Roadrunners continue to be a key component of his recovery both physically and mentally. He just loves hanging out and being one of the guys!

Recently, Trey was honored by a group of students from Ben Franklin Academy who raised over $3000 for childhood cancer in Trey’s name by shaving off those lovely locks. He had a great time, realized how unselfish others can be, and even got to be the first to use the shaver on the boys. Plus, Trey’s own hair is making a comeback - Bonus! It’s safe to say that he has had some very positive things happen in the weeks since ringing that beautiful Warrior Bell
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Please keep Trey and the Sieradski family in your prayers this weekend. Trey is part-way through his final chemo treatment, but it's not without its sufferings, including two spinal taps. See update from Trey's mom below, and see main GoFundMe page for ways you can still help!

Cynthia Yarbrough Sieradski is with Mike Sieradski and Chase Sieradski at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Update: Fri. 1/9/8, 10:00pm:
Trey has spiked several fevers and is experiencing extreme fatigue, leg cramps and body aches. This is a lovely side effect of this particular drug, so even though he doesn’t have the flu, he gets to feel it full-force. The nurses expect this so they are not alarmed, but it doesn’t make it any easier when your child has a 102.5 fever and sweats through his pillowcase. Three more days for Trey. Three. We are all here for the weekend. I picked up Chase and he and I are staying in the hotel across the street tonight while Mike will take up overnight duty with Trey. We will spend the weekend together with him eagerly anticipating his release on Monday. We know you are all here with him in spirit too. He is blessed to have a legion of soldiers behind him in this battle of his life. For his life. Knowing that we weren’t alone in this fight made all the difference. It changes everything. Three more days and then the tide shifts to recovery. Three. Trey.
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