Help Mark Dahlem & his family battle brain cancer

For: Kimberly Dahlem
Crystal Lake, IL
Organizer: Angela Bonneville-Palatine Police Department
Help Mark Dahlem & his family battle brain cancer (Kimberly Dahlem)
$33,955
of $35,000 goal
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Raised by 413 donors

The Story

On Monday,  November 27, 2017  Officer Mark Dahlem went to work at the Palatine Police Department just like any other day.  By Monday evening, Mark had seen a doctor for severe headaches, had an MRI scan and was told the news…. He had a mass on the right side of his brain.  Mark was hospitalized and went through multiple tests. Neurourgeons performed a craniotomy to remove most of Mark’s tumor on Thursday, November 30.  

On  Tuesday, December 5, the Dahlems received some hard news. Mark was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) grade IV, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

In the coming weeks, Mark will continue to recuperate from his brain surgery. He has met with an amazing oncology team to form a treatment plan that will include radiation and chemotherapy.  Kim and their children, Abby and Jack, will be right by Mark’s side for the duration of his treatment. There is also a strong network of family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and fellow parishiners who surround the Dahlems with love and support every day.

Many have asked how they can help Mark and Kim during this challenging time. This fund has been set up on behalf of the Palatine Police Department to assist the Dahlems with medical expenses, food, child care and any other expenses incurred as a result of Mark’s diagnosis with cancer. 

Please show your love and support for this wonderful family. Leave a message on the site to express your love and support. Keep Mark, Kim, Abby and Jack in your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you so much.   

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 12, 2018

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Posted on February 12, 2018

2/12/18 Update:

The past week has been a whirlwind! Mark finished 30 of 30 chemo and radiation treatments on Tuesday 2/6. He was readmitted to critical care on Thursday 2/8 for a submassive pulmonary embolism (a.k.a. blood clot) in his left lung that originated in his left leg femoral artery. The right side of his heart remains significantly swollen, however, doctors have been able change over from IV based blood thinners to a pill form. Mark is not a candidate for traditional treatment due to recent brain surgery. He is scheduled to be released this evening.

Next on the list is an MRI on Friday 2/16/ followed by a trip out to Duke Cancer Treatment Center in North Carolina for the final phase of clinical trial screening Monday 2/19. Doctors are clearing him to fly. The Dahlem family gives thanks for all the prayers, positive vibes, support, and financial assistance. Each and every message continues to mean so much to Mark and his family during this difficult journey. 


Posted on December 28, 2017

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Posted on December 28, 2017

Today is day 3 of Mark’s treatments. Mark, Kim, Abby and Jack have made radiation and chemotherapy treatment a family affair. What a wonderful way to support and comfort one another. They are truly #DahlemStrong!  


The Dahlems also visited some of the local Illinois Police Departments that have shown support To thank them in person. Thanks to all who have financially assisted the Dahlems! The support has been incredible!


Mark decided to make a clear statement about his fight against cancer by getting his first tatto. Take a look in the pictures section to check out his new ink!


Thanks to all who offer their thoughts, prayers, love and support to the Dahlems. Please continuse to keep them in your prayers as Mark’s treatments continue Into the New Year. 


Posted on December 13, 2017

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Posted on December 13, 2017

Order your “Dahlem strong“ T-shirts  at the following link.  Abby Dahlem designed the T-shirts! 


http://www.waistup.com/dahlem_strong/shop/home

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