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Ted Bergquist: Strike Out Cancer

$11,275 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 3 months
Ted Bergquist is so much to so many:  (first and foremost) a truly good man and a great daddy, and also a wonderful son, dear friend, great coach, and umpire-extraordinaire!  Many of you know that Ted has been hospitalized for the past week after feeling poorly for months.  This weekend he received the shocking and truly breathtaking diagnosis of renal cancer.  This is compounded by an aggressive infection and the new diagnosis of diabetes as well.  
     We all know Ted to be tough and stubborn (and energetic and funny!) in everything, and this diagnosis is no exception! Unsurprisingly, he is ready for the fight!   
     But, as anyone who has gone through it, or knows someone who has gone through it, knows he's going to need our help!  Immediately.  His initial biggest concern is for Eric, who just turned 13.  Eric has such a great support system in his mom Antoinette,  Regina, his grandparents, and his buddies on the Power Alley and Lightning baseball teams, but dad's still worried!
     Of course,  he is also very worried about finances.  Unfortunately, like many of us, when Ted isn't working, he doesn't get paid.  He already has mounting hospital and personal bills.  We really just want us, his friends and colleagues and beneficiaries of his time and friendship, to take the worries from him as much as possible!  We can do that in a few ways:
     First, a donation of our time: for those who are believers, you can pray.  Prayer is a powerful tool in many regards.
     Second, a donation of resources: we will post information on a meal train.  It's another thing not to have to think about!
     Third, the reason you are reading this on a Go-Fund-Me page, we can donate money.  Every little bit helps.  The monetary needs are medical as well as living expenses with Ted not working.  The numbers get to be big and seem overwhelming, but an entire community of friends, family, and baseball nuts can make enough smaller donations to knock down the big needs.  We are starting the goal at $5,000 (truthfully, because we don't know where to start), but we anticipate this to go much higher as we see the bills start rolling in.  
     Please, help Ted in this battle!  He needs our support and love like at no other time.

FYI:  My name is Donna Felton, a friend of Ted's.  I am also Co-Founder and Secretary for Power Alley Baseball, where Ted is a great coach and mentor for one of our 13u teams, as well as an umpire trainer for our older kids.  It is my privilege to help Ted in any way I can.  If you have any questions or concerns about any of this, the best way to reach me is at poweralleybaseballclub@gmail.com .  I will update this as I can and as seems appropriate (with Ted's approval).  You may also go to our Power Alley Facebook page for now for information on the meal train or other updates ( https://www.facebook.com/PowerAlleyBaseball/)

All money raised is being donated directly into Ted's personal account.  Neither Power Alley nor I receive any funds!
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UPDATE ON TED!
So much to give thanks for! (and, some help still needed)

Ted had his doctor visit on Wednesday to get biopsy results. Ted's father shared the good news immediately after:

"... here is a rundown in non-scientific terms of what the doctor told us.

First of all, the tumor on the kidney was 82 mm in diameter (a baseball is 75 mm). So, it was big, which is why it made no sense to do anything else but take out the whole kidney.

Second, it was definitely cancer" (stage 2).

"The good news: It was apparently completely contained in the kidney. From all the evidence, there was no indication of any cancerous cells in the lymph nodes, and none in the margins of the area where the kidney was removed. It had not infringed on the blood vessels in any way. It appears that everything is clean. Ted will not have to have any kind of follow-up treatment like radiation or chemo-therapy or anything like that." (Praise God!)

"The doctor wants to do a CT scan in three months just to make sure everything still looks good, and also a chest x-ray, because he said if there is any cancer left, it would be in the blood and it would most likely first show up in the lungs.

But he also said that the type of cancer here is a very low-grade risk for spreading anywhere else. I don’t remember the exact terminology, but I think he did refer to it as a “grade 1,” or the lowest grade in terms of aggressiveness for spreading.

He told Ted that he is basically free to resume normal activities, even going back to work on a somewhat limited basis until he fully regains his strength – main restriction being that he cannot do any heavy (more than 20 lbs.) lifting for the time being.

As I said, this is all very good news. We are thankful to God for his healing care, and thankful to all of you for your prayers and your support in many ways. We appreciate everything you all have done."

So we are all doing happy dances! This is as good a report as could be had under the circumstances!

Please, do consider your continued support while he is still recovering and trying to regain his strength. While Ted's still attempting to go back to work in a week or so (very part time to begin), he still needs our help. Bills are coming in and he is in a profession where if you don't work, you don't get paid (like many of us). He, frankly, need help paying them. So we are asking if you would prayerfully consider helping Ted financially...I'd love if we could just ease that worry in his and Eric's lives!
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A little bit of news, but all good news so far! Ted's surgery went very well and the doctor is very hopeful, based on what he saw, that he got all the cancer when he removed Ted's kidney. They are waiting on the biopsy results, chich should be anytime now...and when we hear anything we'll update this page and Facebook. In the meantime, Ted got to go home yesterday and is resting as much as possible. Keep praying for a good outcome, for rest for Ted, and peace of mind for both Ted and Eric. This has been a tough trial for them (and his mom and dad, too!) and I know they are so appreciative and humbled by everyone's support!
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So Ted has been scheduled for surgery on Friday at 9am at MCR! Please, keep him and Eric close to your hearts, praying that the surgery goes well and the cancer is contained to just that kidney.
We will update as we know more!
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There have been a couple of Ted-sightings at the ballfields this week! It's good to see him up and around! He is feeling better, though still weak and gaining strength. He also is continuing antibiotic treatment and getting himself ready for surgery (hopefully in a week or two...we'll let everyone know a date when we find out).

Thanks, everyone, for your continued support of Ted as he goes through this. He often expresses how immeasurably grateful he is! We continue to ask for your prayers for Ted and his medical team, as well as for Eric.

Note: I raise the goal for the campaign since we met the initial goal, and because Ted is still not working (which, of course, doesn't stop the bills from coming in).
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