Help CJ and the Dunn Family Battle Cancer!

For: CJ Dunn
Southern Pines, NC
Organizer: Rollie Sampson
Help CJ and the Dunn Family Battle Cancer! (CJ Dunn)
$8,135
of $40,000 goal.
Raised by 57 donors
20% Complete

The Story

On November 21st, Chris and Rebecca Dunn took their son to the doctor for what they thought was a simple cold and discovered that CJ had T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, about 15% to 20% of children with ALL have T-cell ALL. Within 48 hours of the diagnosis, CJ underwent surgery for a port and began the long process of chemotherapy. In the next 9-12 months, CJ will undergo weekly treatments and procedures to treat the cancer. 

CJ is a fun, spunky, 4th grader with a love of sports, music, and his Friday Funday play dates with his friends. While we know that CJ is a fighter and will beat cancer, we also realize that he will need the constant love and support of his parents to make this journey. As a result, Rebecca has quit her job to ensure one parent can be with CJ at all time. The loss of her pay coupled with the unexpected medical builds will definitely impact the family financially.

Chris and Rebecca are both wonderfully giving and dedicated members of the Moore County community. Now it is our turn to give back to the Dunn Family and we hope that you will consider helping by donating. All donated funds will be used to cover travel expenses (approx. $225 each month just in gas), food, medical bills, and anything CJ may need along the way.

If you would prefer to give locally, you can drop of gift cards for gas (Exxon, BP, and Circle K), food (Harris Teeter), and visa gift cards (which can be used for everything else) at the Arts Council of Moore County. Please put them in an envelope addressed to Chris Dunn. We'll post updates as we get them!

We would like to give a "Shout Out" to the parents at Rebecca's preschool who have volunteered to cover her shifts thru the end of the school year to ensure that she receives a paycheck until May! THANK YOU for your generosity! 

To learn more about CJ's specific type of cancer, visit the American Cancer Society's Website at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-in-children/detection-diagnosis-staging/how-classified.html

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 13, 2017

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Posted on December 13, 2017

We wanted to share an update of CJ's leukemia treatment. While today was another long day at UNC, we learned several new things today. To explain, this may be a bit long, but we have learned that there is a lot to learn and absorb for cancer treatment. So, here goes...

On Dec. 29, CJ will have a test called the minimal residual disease (MRD). The results of this test will place him in a risk category--intermediate or high risk (He doesn't qualify for low risk because he was taking Prednisone for headaches just days before diagnosis and also 3 weeks prior). If his MRD results place him in the high risk category, then he will have to have cranial radiation within his treatment plan. So, we hope and pray that he lands in the intermediate risk level. This test concludes the 28 day “induction” phase of his treatment.

The next bit of treatment is called “consolidation” and last 57 days (though not consecutively). During this phase CJ must "make counts" in order to receive treatment. The great news is we can have labs done from our area so we know if we made counts and are all clear to go to UNC the next day. The making counts business has to do with his Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) and a few other labs. We're still working on wrapping our minds around all this “making counts” business.

Another tidbit we learned today is that the phase following “consolidation,” called “Interim Maintenance 1,” requires CJ to have IN-patient chemo 3-5 days every other week. They estimate we will enter this phase sometime in or after March. This news rained on our parade a bit today with a crack of thunder at these words, "the three maintenance years begin at this time." (We had thought the three-year battle began on his diagnosis day.

These tidbits tasted a little sour today because CJ is doing so amazingly well. His blood sugar has been great since Friday. He's hungry ALL the time! Rebecca plays the part of short order cook all day.

CJ continues to have an amazing spirit and positive attitude 99% of the time and THAT is half the battle won! Many, many thanks to all of you for your love, support, gifts, cheer, and surprises! Your wonderful acts of kindness make sour days like today easier to swallow.


Posted on December 8, 2017

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Posted on December 8, 2017

CJ came home for a few days earlier this week and enjoyed sleeping in his own bed! The short respite at home provided Chris, Rebecca, and CJ an opportunity to regroup before heading back to UNC today for Round 4 of Chemo. So far, CJ has been a trooper and even enjoyed a visit from Santa at the hospital. Guess Santa is also a tarheel fan!

Please continue to share their page. We are almost 1/4 to our financial goal. If you would like to donate locally, please bring drop your donation (i.e. Harris Teeter & Visa Gift Cards) off at the Arts Council of Moore County.

Chris and Rebecca appreciate everyone's generosity! They are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support. 

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