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Hi Everyone, it’s with great satisfaction that I’m pleased to announce the results of the Walk Ahead of Cancer that we had at Swan Lake last month! In total we raised over $8,200 which is going to be donated to the Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information.  Wow, we feel extremely blessed to have such loving family and friends!

Below are a few pictures from the race, you can tell it was a great turnout!


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I would say we probably had around 50 people attend the event and even more come support us online.  It really is unbelievable (to quote my Aunt Mary), “How so few people can come together to make such a big difference.”

Below are a couple more pictures from our house in Charlotte, which shows really how much this means to us!

Thanks so much!

Chad, Laura, and Caroline


Family Photo

Walk Ahead of Cancer

One of the things that always keeps me positive is knowing that my family and friends will always be there for us, no matter what.  From letting us stay at their house when ours flooded (thanks Dave, Lisa, and AG!), to watching Caroline when we have to go to Dr. appointments, the outpouring of support has been tremendous.  Well now my family back in Iowa is putting on a walk titled, “Walk Ahead of Cancer”.  Do I have a great family or what?

The walk is going to start at 9:00 AM on June 15th at Swan Lake State Park, in my hometown of Carroll, IA.  The is a 3.8 mile loop around Swan Lake which everyone will be walking and if you finish you get a free A&W hurricane…a hurricane is A&W’s equivalent of Dairy Queen’s blizzard.  I actually used to work at both A&W and Swan Lake while I was in high school.  I don’t want to talk bad about either one, but let’s just say one was the worst job I’ve ever had!  Hint, it involved cutting railroad ties without power tools 🙂

I know most of you are probably not going to be able to attend, and honestly I’m not even sure if I am going to be able to make it.  If you are not able to attend, donations can be made payable to Walk Ahead of Cancer, c/o United Bank, 609 N. Clark St., Carroll, IA 51401 or online at  I want to stress that all the money collected will go towards brain cancer research.  Below is the official guide to the event.

Walk Ahead of Cancer

In other news I got the second infusion of ippy and nivo a week ago on Monday.  So far really no adverse side effects.  Everything going really well so far.  Next infusion is a week from Monday, and that also includes an MRI where we’ll be able to see what is going on in my head.  After that is another infusion of ippy and nivo, in 3 weeks on June 2nd.  Then they remove the ippy, and just get nivo going forward every 2 weeks.

Thanks everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers!

Olympians Rooting for Us!

My friend Mark Pierce and his family got some great well wishes photos with Olympians during a LiveStrong Openwater Swimming competition this weekend at Lake Lanier.  Wow is all I can say, it really made my day!

In other news, I completed the 3rd cycle of chemo last Sunday and again I tolerated it well.  Next up is another vaccination shot on October 4th.  Round 4 of chemo will start around October 11th and the next MRI is scheduled for October 29th.

Overall things continue to go well.  Still feeling great, even starting going to gym again to lift weights.

Tomorrow is Caroline’s 1st birthday.  We had a birthday bash earlier this month, so Laura and I are looking forward to a quiet celebration at home tomorrow.

Thanks again for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!


Finally got a Haircut

Today I got a desperately needed haircut from my friend Zoe.  It had probably been 2 months since my last cut and I still had a scar from my surgery, so I wanted someone I could trust to do it.

Zoe did a GREAT job and the whole experience was great..10 times better than the place I usually go.  Thanks to T. Reid and Company Salon and Spa as well for letting Zoe come in on a weekend to get it done on short notice.   Hopefully you agree the after shot below is A LOT better than the before.

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