Our very dear friend and CIASA soccer player Corey Dehardt is 36 years old and was diagnosed with stage four GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor) in late 2015. For those of you who know him, you know that he is an extraordinary father, husband, friend, and soccer player. He is loving, unbelievably strong, resilient, and always puts his, team, friends, wife, and daughters before himself.
When the cancer was first found, there were over 30 small tumors in his liver and one golf ball-sized tumor in his stomach. He started taking chemo medication and underwent two surgeries to remove tumors from his liver and his stomach. The chemo medication and surgeries were successful and his oncologist declared that there was no longer any evidence of disease. After a short period of six months, the cancer returned, showing up as four small tumors in his liver.
Corey has switched between chemo medications four times trying to beat down the tumors, as the cancer mutates and adapts trying to resist treatment. During the latest PET scan, it was found that the cancer has spread to his lungs and bones in his pelvis.
Because of the side effects of the chemo medication and pain from the cancer, he has been unable to work and will likely not be able to return in the near future. Short term disability, unfortunately, does not provide full pay. Some of his medical expenses are not covered and with the everyday necessities of life and raising two girls, finances are getting tighter.
Corey has grown into the strongest, most selfless person we have ever known. He pours all of his love and support and energy into his two beautiful daughters of 5 and 8 years old, and it is so clear he loves them more than the world. It’s time that we send some of that love and support back to Corey and his family.
A Go Fund Me account was set up under – https://www.gofundme.com/f/corey-deherdt039s-cancer-battle
Whatever you can do to help would be so appreciated, anything from praying, keeping him in your thoughts, or donating your time or money. Anything we can do to help surround him with love is so important so he can focus on beating this terrible thing. All donated funds will go towards supporting Corey’s medical expenses and family through these difficult times. Please spread the word. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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