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'Help Cole Beat Cancer'

$30,298raised of $40,000 goal
75%

Organizer: Allison Beneficiary: Cole Lockwood

Cole Lockwood, a UM graduate and former Griz football player, is now fighting his toughest battle yet as he begins treatment for cancer. Let's help make this tough time a little easier!

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April 3rd Cole Lockwood received the devastating news that he had cancer following a visit to the hospital for what they initially believed to be a hernia.  Starting this week he will undergo surgery and chemotherapy. While the full extent of what Cole is facing is currently unknown, he has always proven to be a fighter and we know he will come out of this stronger than ever.  

Cole and his wife Alexa, both 25 years old, recently began their lives together in Cole's hometown of Missoula.  In December he started a career as an Account Representative at OS2 and Alexa will graduate from the University of Montana Pharmacy School in May. Cole has an incredible love for Montana and all that living in this state comes with; from hunting to snowmobiling to boating and all that falls in between.  As a former Griz football player Cole has faced physical battles before, but this will be his hardest fight yet.  

Let's all pull together and help make this scary situation a little easier on Cole and his family!  Your prayers, donations and kind words are more appreciated than you will ever know.  


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05/27/2014
by Allison
Update from Alexa:

"Hi everyone! Your prayers and support definitely got us through this past weekend (5/17). Cole finished his 5th straight day of chemo Friday and was given extra meds so he would be able to make it to my graduation.

Saturday night he woke up with chills, a high fever, and a bad headache. I took him to the ER, he was hospitalized, and we later found out that he had bacteria in his blood from his infected port. They took his port out and he was in the hospital on some potent antibiotics. 

Cole is now home and is feeling much better! He is currently getting a picc line in so he can have chemo next week, then he may get a new port once his infection is completely clear to finish chemo. 

Your kind words, support at the fundraisers, and prayers keep us going! Thank you to everyone who has ordered Montana Strong tshirts! Gosh it really takes the love of the whole community to get through the tough times and we only hope we can someday pay it forward! 

We love you, Montana!"

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05/09/2014
by Allison
It is definitely time for an update!  Cole has now been through 8 chemo treatments and is losing his hair.  However, he is strong as ever and the doctors believe that the chemo has started to shrink the tumors.  

The love and support Cole and Alexa have received has been incredible.  I increased the goal on this site as Cole found out that his insurance only covers a portion of the chemo.  As many of you may know Chemotherapy is extremely expensive!  Thank you all for you donations, love and support.  It all has had such a indescribable impact.  

There has now been a website setup where you can purchase t shirts with the proceeds all going to Cole, see following link:
teespring.com/help-cole-beat-cancer

Also, on Tuesday May 13th from 4-8pm Bayern Brewery will be donating the proceeds of each beer to Cole's Benefit Account.  As will Mighty Mo in Great Falls on May 19th from 5-8pm.  

Thank you all so much! 
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04/11/2014
by Allison
Update from Alexa:

"Cole and I met with the oncologist today. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer and has the large tumor in is abdomen which also goes into his chest. We also found out that he has a blood clot in his leg and one in his lung. He will get a port put in Tuesday and start aggressive chemo the following Monday. 


Once again, we thank you for your prayers, love, and support Cole is so strong."
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04/08/2014
by Allison
There is now a bank account setup -Cole Lockwood Benefit Account- at Gateway Community Federal Credit Union in Missoula.  You can make donations to that account in any form (besides over the phone) and at any of their locations.  Thank you all so much!
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04/08/2014
by Allison
Thank you messages from Cole and Alexa:

"I cannot possibly thank you all enough for all the support, love, prayers, kind thoughts, and amazing words of encouragement.  This is a bit of a bump in the road for us, but nothing we can't handle with the help of God.  Everyone, everywhere, you're amazing.  I love you all.  I mean it." - Cole

"Amazing friends,  Cole and I are so completely overwhelmed with all of the love and support we have recieved these past few days.  Words cannot express how much your prayers and positive thoughts mean to us.  Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Cole is ready to fight, he's got an army behind him."  -Alexa
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