Help Connor Crisp Crush Cancer!

For: Connor Crisp
Sammamish, WA
Organizer: Jennifer McKeefry and Kathy Stamolis
Help Connor Crisp Crush Cancer! (Connor Crisp)
$37,524
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 228 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Welcome everyone!  Thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this.

As many of you know, Connor Crisp was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer has metastasized and Connor has a softball-sized mass in his abdomen. He has already undergone surgery to remove the cancerous testicle, had another minor surgical procedure to place a port for chemotherapy and, shockingly, a haircut!  Connor is donating his beautiful hair to Wigs 4 Kids to help children who have lost their hair to cancer and other medical issues. 

Connor begins chemotherapy on August 14. He will undergo three rounds of chemo with each round lasting three weeks (a total of 21 chemo sessions). Once chemo is complete, Connor will undergo a scan to see if the chemo was able to completely eliminate the mass in his abdomen. If there is residual mass, Connor will likely need a second (and major) surgery. The good news is that testicular cancer is very treatable and has an extremely high cure rate. 

Connor took a gap year last year when all of his friends left for college. He's been working very hard to save money for school. He was very excited to attend Western Washington University this fall and share an apartment with his good friend, Kyle Stafford. Ironically, he signed the apartment lease the day before his cancer diagnosis. School and work must now be put on hold until Connor is physically able to return to such activities. However, in order to keep their apartment, he must pay his portion of the monthly rent and utilities while he battles cancer. 

Connor and his parents, Mike and Lisa, have been humbled and inspired by the hundreds of messages they have received since Connor's cancer diagnosis. First and foremost, those well wishes have provided strength to them as they tackle this unexpected medical challenge. A common theme in those messages was, "Let us know how we can help."  After learning about the stark reality of expenses as a result of this diagnosis and treatment plan and some prodding from friends, Mike, Lisa and Connor agreed to this YouCaring campaign so those people who want to provide financial help have a simple way to do so.  

The Crisp's have given so much to our community over the years. They have spent countless hours organizing, volunteering and working for our schools and children. They've never asked for a thing in return. Now it's our turn to help them. We want Connor and his family to concentrate on getting Connor well and not worry about the expenses associated with this diagnosis and treatment. Any donation will be greatly appreciated. For those who prefer to send a card or otherwise contact Connor directly, his mailing address is:  

Connor Crisp
4029 - 239th Place S.E.
Sammamish, WA 98029

Please keep Connor and his family in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery from this horrible disease. Thank you for your continued support. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 9, 2018

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Posted on February 9, 2018

Dear Friends –


Our family will soon embark on Connor’s Costa Rican Adventure (“CCRA”).   For those who may be confused by the title, I’ll explain.  


Connor had a long infatuation with sloths. I don’t know if we ever fully understood how that came to be, but it was clear that sloths were in the top 3 of Connor’s favorite animals.   Connor planned to visit Costa Rica after he was cured of his cancer so he could see sloths in the wild.  He’d asked for a passport as his main Christmas present this year and had his photos taken at Costco for that purpose.  We planned to fill out the paperwork and get his passport after his surgery.  And then the course of our collective lives took a very sudden and tragic detour.


In the days after Connor’s death, as our family huddled together at home trying to come to grips with this new reality, Connor’s siblings decided we should make the trip for Connor.  Lisa and I thought it was a wonderful idea and said yes without thinking how we might fund CCRA.  Little did we know, but the same amazing collection of friends who have been so loving and supportive of our family since Connor’s cancer diagnosis back in July had it covered. This was just another tangible example for us of the goodness in people and we are so very thankful.


Following Connor’s death, I began searching for passwords to Connor’s iPhone and his computer so that I could retrieve any pictures he had of himself and his friends, and to get information to help settle his financial affairs.  I didn’t find any passwords, pass codes or other information to access either the phone or his computer, but I did find something that was important.  Connor had the good sense to leave us a generous portion of his hair that he’d had cut after the chemo started to take effect. We will take a portion of his hair with us and carefully leave it at the various places we visit during CCRA.


Our family believes this trip will be cathartic and therapeutic for us as we continue to work through the horrible grief resulting from Connor’s death.


Again, we want to thank you all for everything you have done for us.  Words can’t do justice to the love and support we feel from our community.  Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue our journey.


Mike, Lisa and the Crispy Critters  


Posted on February 9, 2018

Posted on February 9, 2018

Hi Everyone, Lisa just posted this on Facebook:

“Hello friends and family, I recently heard about this 5K run in honor of a young man who lost his battle with Testicular Cancer at the age of 20.  It will be held at St. Edwards State Park on March 10, 2018.  I would love to have you join me! We can participate in memory of Connor Crisp.”

If you’re interested, go to:

www.familyjewels5k.org 

That site has all of the registration info, etc. It appears to cost $35/per person plus a $3.00 fee. 

Thanks everyone!

Jenny




Posted on January 16, 2018

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Posted on January 16, 2018

January 15, 2018


Dear Friends –

Connor’s interment of ashes was held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Upper Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah in a small, private service.  When we awoke that morning, it was raining and the skies were painted with that all too familiar “Seattle Gray”.  Later in the morning the rain stopped and gray skies gave way to some “peek-a-boo blue.”  As Connor’s service ended there was more blue sky than gray and we took that as a very positive sign from Connor.

The plot we selected for Connor’s ashes was near the eastern edge of the cemetery just feet from the green belt surrounding the cemetery.  We wanted Connor to be near the many animals that frequent this property.  A representative from Flintoft’s pointed out a game trail that leads from the forest almost straight to Connor’s grave site.  We’d not noticed that before,  but it was further confirmation that this was the correct spot.

Three new pictures have been posted.  One shows the location with the beautiful greenbelt noted earlier. Another picture shows Connor’s ashes as we prepared for his service.  The greenbelt is prominent in the background. Finally, there’s a close-up picture of an animal clinging to a tree branch.  This is not a real animal. It’s one of the cute sloth plush animals we received after Connor’s death.  We put it up in the tree in a location where it can look straight at Connor’s grave.  I’d love to have a game-camera in place to see the reaction of animals and visitors when they see a sloth in the Pacific Northwest.  Connor had a very clever sense of humor and I know he would approve of this move.

Our family is trying to resume a “normal” life, whatever that might look like moving forward.  Our grief is still very raw and real.  We have far more questions than answers about what happened to Connor.  We know the likely cause of death according to the “provisional” autopsy report we received. But the “Why” and “How” has been hard to come by.  We aren’t trained medical professionals so reading through the paperwork fails to provide answers.

This will probably be my last update for the foreseeable future.  While I used to be excited to provide updates on Connor’s excellent progress, his sudden and unexpected death makes writing this especially painful.

In closing, I want to again thank everyone who has contributed to this YouCaring site.  We are hopeful that the money raised will cover the funeral and medical expenses.  The bills from the University of Washington for Connor’s surgery, hospitalization and unsuccessful visit to the ICU have not yet been processed by our health insurance company.  We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.  But boy, won’t that be some sick irony to have to see all of those charges, on top of paying for Connor’s funeral and burial.  That’s a real head-scratcher.

Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.  Trust me, we’re going to need them for some time.

Blessings to you all,

Mike

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