Help Connor Crisp Crush Cancer!

For: Connor Crisp
Sammamish, WA
Organizer: Jennifer McKeefry and Kathy Stamolis
Help Connor Crisp Crush Cancer! (Connor Crisp)
$37,724
of $10,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 229 donors

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 March 20, 2018

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,

Jenny


Posted on March 8, 2018

Posted on March 8, 2018

Hello Family and Friends,


I’ve posted some new pictures of the Crisp’s trip to Costa Rica. They had a wonderful time and are eternally grateful to their friends who donated Alaska Air miles so they could go and to others who helped to make the trip possible. They found Costa Rica to be incredibly beautiful, friendly and very tranquil.  The native Costa Ricans (Ticos) are very happy, friendly and welcoming. Mike and Lisa said they want to try and make this an annual trip for their family. 


While there, they visited the Arenal volcano, the Tabacon hot springs, a sloth sanctuary and went zip-lining above the rain forest canopy. They also spent a day at the beach soaking up the sun. While it was a relaxing and much-needed holiday, there were a few emotional events. Obviously, seeing Connor’s beloved sloths up close and personal was both rewarding and bittersweet. I’d like to believe that Connor was right there with them and enjoying every moment. 


The Crisps also took some of the remnants of Connor’s hair and each person released some into the Pacific Ocean so a piece of Connor can remain in Costa Rica.  They built a small memorial on the beach as well and I’ve added photos of that. It was another very emotional moment, but also healing to an extent. 


They all came home exhausted, but safe and sound. However, naturally, the reality of their immense loss once again enveloped them upon their return. Please continue to pray for strength and comfort for these beloved people we are all so fortunate and blessed to call family and/or friends. Their courage, dignity and faith during this difficult time are something we all admire. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continued and unwavering support. 


With gratitude and love,


Jenny



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  

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