Don't feel like walking or running but want to participate in the day's events??? Join the cardio drumming class that will take place on the grassy area next to where the run/walk takes place. This is a new, fun form of exercise! Pre-registration for cardio drumming is available on the registration forms or online. Pre-registration is $25 per person or $75 for a family of 5. This includes a race Tshirt. You can have a family of 5 who choose to walk, run and drum! Come on out and ENJOY the fun!
Dylan has DSRCT. It is a very rare type of cancer. He was diagnosed in September 2018 and has been aggressively fighting it since that date. He has underwent multiple surgeries on his abdomen and kidneys to alleviate side effects of his cancer. He has been hospitalized multiple times for chemotherapy. He is currently doing chemotherapy as an outpatient 5 days a week every 21 days. The next step of the treatment is an extensive surgery to remove all the cancerous tumors and cells from his abdomen and his chest area. We are awaiting consulting from Cincinnati and Sloan Kettering in New York on the location and date of the surgery. Dylan is 13 years old, goes to Ida middle school and likes sports, video games and spending time with his family and friends. Dylan is known around school by the nickname Sweets. Dyl is a very strong fighter with a kind heart and great sense of humor. Dyl is very giving and loving.
Nick McCoy is from Erie, Michigan. He graduated from Mason High school and is the son of Gena and Buck Mccoy and the older brother of Madison McCoy. He has been diagnosed with acute leukemia (ALL) and has been in intense chemo at U of M. The family is requesting lots of prayers. Please keep Nick and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he is battling this disease.
Ellye Wickenheiser attends St. Pat's Catholic School in Carleton, Michigan. She is the daughter of Joe and Mariya (Sayles) Wickenhesier. After a few weeks of not having much energy, falling asleep in class, having nightly headaches and low-grade fevers, bruising easily, and not feeling like herself, Elyse was taken to the doctor for an explanation. They found that she had significant weight loss in the past two months as well, and sent her to get bloodwork drawn. The next morning, the doctor called with abnormal lab results and asked that Elly be taken to the Emergency Room right away. Within a few short hours of walking through the doors of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, our sweet little Elyse was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Our whole world was turned upside down on April 27, 2016, Elly's 8th birthday.
Elyse received phenomenal treatment from her medical team at Mott's and on August 22, 2016, she officially reached REMISSION!!! After testing, no cancer cells were detected in her bone marrow! Praise God!! Elyse underwent preventative chemotherapy until her last dose on August 22, 2018. She then said goodbye to her mediport on September 2, 2018, “Deportation Day,” just in time to heal and go to 5th grade camp with her classmates!! Elyse continued post treatment with her Oncology team with frequent appointments, follow up testing, and monthly blood work.
Life was slowly getting back to “normal.” Elyse joined a swim team. She was active in her 4-H Club. She was doing well in 5th grade. She enjoyed just being a 10-year-old kid!
In late January 2019, Elyse intermittently began complaining of low back pain. It progressively got worse over the next few weeks and soon was accompanied by headaches. By the middle of February, it started to effect her mobility and sensation in her legs and feet. We took her back to Mott’s and tried to hold back the tears as the MRI results revealed a tumor in her low back. Cancer. Again.
On February 25, 2019, shortly after midnight, Elyse had her first dose of radiation. We hit the ground running. The doctors are still in the early stages of identifying what type of cancer this is and the full course of treatment. There is a long road ahead; we're taking it one day at a time, and praying for a path to healing.