Charlie's Cancer Campaign

$23,155 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 237 people in 39 months
My brother, Charlie, lives in Saratoga, NY with his wife, Marianne, and his two-year old-son, Liam.  When he first fought cancerous melanoma four years ago, he was engaged and finished his chemotherapy treatment just before his wedding in November.  Charlie was able to stay with family in Gloucester, MA while he recieved chemotherapy treatment at Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, MA.  At the time we considered ourselves very lucky to be able to spend time with him while he recieved excellent care from the kind and caring staff at Dana Farber.  He spent alot of time with my sons, his nephews, and certainly kept us laughing in spite of the effects of his chemotherapy treatment.  My boys have certainly not forgotten that summer they spent with their uncle in spite of being just 18 months and 3 years old at the time. He left Gloucester clear of cancerous melanoma and went home to begin his own family.

He has been blessed with one son, Liam Stuart, and he is a shining light in Charlie and Marianne's life.  Liam turned two this October,  and unfortunately at the same time my brother found out that cancerous melanoma had returned.  The melanoma was sugically removed, but a scan revealed the possibility that the cancer had metastisized to the lymph nodes,  He underwent surgery on Wednesday January 6th and the lymph node was found as cancerous.  The surgeon removed it as well as 4 other surrounding lymph nodes.  He will be undergoing treatment at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with Dabrafenib as a B-raf gene inhibitor; and although we know little of the specific course or length of the treatment it looks as though the side effects are very similar to chemotherapy.  We are ... "preparing for the worst and hoping for the best."  Please help us alleviate some of the financial burden and stress for this kind-hearted, funny, and loving father, husband, son, and brother.  I would be forever grateful to be able to surprise them with this outpouring of support!
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My brother Charlie has stage 4 metastatic melanoma. He has been battling this cancer for seven years. He has had surgeries on his back, lymph nodes, and ribs to remove tumors. He has had chemo therapy. He has had immunotherapy with ipilimumab and nivolumab. He has had immunotherapy with BRAF inhibitor, and is currently on a clinical trial that creates a immunization from the cancer cells in his body that are injected back into his subcutaneous tumors.

Through the years, he has had moments of success with treatments. Success is an amazingly powerful motivator. It gives hope, and hope brings healing. But, he has also had so many setbacks. Scans that just didn’t bring the results that he had hoped for, news that once he had healed from the last surgery he would be right back in, news that the treatments available are not endless; these setbacks have taken a spiritual, mental, physical and financial toll on my brother.

There is no way for a person, to mentally, physically or financially prepare for the roller coaster of successes and failures that come with this relentless disease. Hopes that he will be back to a normal life, that he will be cancer free, that he will be able to return to work always seem to be just out of his grasp.

Recently, Charlie had a scan that revealed that tumors in his lymph nodes, lungs and adrenals had increased both in size and in quantity. His doctor and team at Dana Farber are determined to throw everything at their disposal to stunt this growth. He will have to continue his weekly treatments at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for an undetermined length of time. The travel time and expenses are a constant burden for my brother. His wife, Marianne needs to continue working to keep their home intact, and his son, Liam is in a wonderful Kindergarten in Saratoga, NY.

If ever there was a time that Charlie needed the help of friends and family it is now. His wonderful boss, Sully, at Longfellow’s in Saratoga is currently planning a fundraiser for the end of February of this year. His boss and friends at Longfellow’s have been a constant source of support for Charlie. I think this fundraiser will be an incredible time to spend time together, help each other and celebrate Charlie. But I also ask you to please join me in alleviating some of the immediate financial need that Charlie is facing. Please continue to send him messages on social media, email or through a letter. The messages he receives, no matter how simple, bring him such joy and revive him spiritually and mentally.
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Thank you everyone for your generous donations. This will help alleviate so much of the burden on our family, so Charlie can concentrate on his treatment and beating his cancer.
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A million thanks to everyone who helped my brother today....I am inspired and my spirit lifted.... Can't wait to see this face tomorrow
Liam stuart
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This guy and his family are feeling incredibly grateful...
The fighter
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Charles Bumgardner
39 months ago
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I'm overwhelmed by this outpouring of support! Besides the money and the amount of stress you all have lifted off of my family's shoulders, I am amazed at all the friends who have come out of the woodwork to support me in this fight. I don't think I'll ever be able to express the gratitude that I feel. Thanks to all, and we love you very much.

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John Ellis
39 months ago
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good luck charlie, sloan is a great place

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Marianne
1 month ago

❤️

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$23,155 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 237 people in 39 months
Created January 8, 2016
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20 days ago
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Rosemary Renaud
1 month ago

Charlie welcomed my husband and I shortly after our move to our home near Longfellows. We miss seeing his smile and having great conversations. I'm sending positive thoughts your way, Charlie.

PS
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Peter Sillari
1 month ago
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Love & Blessings Uncle Squirrel

KM
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Katy Mahoney
1 month ago
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We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family!

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Mike & Melissa Merriam
1 month ago
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Keep fighting!

AK
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Amy Kingsley
1 month ago
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Charlie is a wonderful person and great dad. I can tell by the way he lights up when he speaks of him. I hope that beautiful energy shines back onto him and makes him well.

CQ
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Cindy Quade
1 month ago
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I did not know Charlie was battling anything, which I think goes to show what kind of guy he is. My husband come in for the burger and a beer and Charlie pretty much knows what we want and always has a genuine smile on his face. We are thinking about you Charlie!

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Anonymous
1 month ago
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Charles Bumgardner
39 months ago
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I'm overwhelmed by this outpouring of support! Besides the money and the amount of stress you all have lifted off of my family's shoulders, I am amazed at all the friends who have come out of the woodwork to support me in this fight. I don't think I'll ever be able to express the gratitude that I feel. Thanks to all, and we love you very much.

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John Ellis
39 months ago
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good luck charlie, sloan is a great place

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Marianne
1 month ago

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