Posted on March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
Hello once again to family and friends,
It is with a heavy, but very full heart that I’m letting you all know we will be closing our You Caring website for additional donations. This will be effective today, March 20th, which will sadly be the third-month anniversary of Connor’s death. When we first created this site back in July 2017, our primary intent was to pay Connor’s rent in Bellingham until he could move up there and attend WWU in the spring. Our initial goal was to collect $4,000. We met and exceeded that goal within a day or two.
Shortly thereafter, it was obvious that the Crisp family was going to be facing immense medical expenses over and above what their insurance would pay. Consequently, we raised our goal to $10,000. Once again, because of all of you and your incredible generosity, that goal was met quickly. Since then, nearly $38,000 has been donated from family, friends, acquaintances and even complete strangers. As you are aware, the funds were then available to Connor’s family for his funeral and burial. To say thank you is completely inadequate. What all of you have done is nothing short of a miracle and God’s good grace.
We must always remember, as Mike stated after Connor died, Connor did crush cancer. In fact, he kicked its ass - thoroughly! In case you hadn’t heard, the large mass and the 47 lymph nodes that were removed during Connor’s surgery were all found to be cancer-free. The chemotherapy did its job. Connor also did what he had to do and fought back. Bless his heart.
Connor faced his cancer diagnosis with a smile on his face, a profoundly positive attitude and he never complained or asked, “Why me?” Mike told me a story of getting a phone call from the Overlake ER doctor who delivered the news that Connor had testicular cancer. The doctor remarked that when he delivered the news, Connor just said, “OK, what happens next?” The doctor was stunned at Connor’s stoicism. As Connor and his parents left the ER that evening, the doctor recalled that Connor came up to him and said, “Thank You.” The doctor commented to Mike that he was blown away that someone who had just been given a cancer diagnosis was able to sincerely thank the person who discovered it. For everyone who knew Connor that’s easy to believe as he was, at his very essence, a caring and kind person.
There are quite literally no words that can express to all of you how much your cards, gifts, meals, texts, emails, phone calls, visits, hugs, constant prayers and monetary contributions have meant to the entire Crisp family. Over and over they’ve been humbled, grateful and deeply touched by everything their community, near and far, has done for them. It is a true testament to the goodness in people and the love you have all been more than willing to share that has made this devastatingly difficult time a bit easier for them all.
In closing, I would like to ask all of you to please continue to keep Connor’s family in your prayers. No one can go through something like this alone, and I know each and every one of you have made a huge difference in their lives. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continued love and support for the Crisps. Thank you all for loving Connor. His legacy will live on forever not only because of who he was, but because you all love(d) him and continue to celebrate his life with your memories and the knowledge you were blessed beyond measure to have known him.
With much love and gratitude,