Caring for Christopher

For: Christopher Schoener
Organizer: Katie Dell
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 10 donors
3% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

After having a really bad sore throat for about a week, my brother, Chris, went to the emergency room on July 31, 2012; he was convinced that it was just strep throat, and he just needed some antibiotics. After blood tests and a throat culture, the diagnosis at that time was Babesiosis which is caused from a nymph tick bite. He also did have strep throat. Chris was given prescriptions for two antibiotics and was instructed to return in two to three days to have his blood tested again because his blood count levels were not normal. The doctor wanted to make certain the antibiotics were working effectively. On Friday evening, August 3rd, Chris returned to the emergency room and had the same series of tests completed. The blood test results showed no improvement, and in fact, they had become worse not better. He was admitted that evening for closer monitoring and more tests. The next day, Saturday, August 4th, after another series of tests, the infectious disease doctors told my brother that they were leaning toward a diagnosis of Ehrlichiosisis, an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an American dog tick, deer tick -- which can also cause Lyme disease, and the Lone Star tick, but they assured him it was very treatable. He immediately called my mom to let her know that the doctors said that he may be able to get released that afternoon. In the mean time, the hematologist on staff saw something different. Chris was then told that they were testing him for Leukemia. In a matter of minutes, our world changed. Saturday, August 3, to Monday, August 6th, was the longest wait of Chris’ life. The tests were sent to a California laboratory for screening. On Monday, August 6, 2012, it was confirmed by the hospital hematologist that Chris had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). This type of Leukemia is a rapidly progressing disease. At present, Chris has been transferred from Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, NJ to Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. Chris's family and friends know him as the fun-loving guy with a big heart. He would truly go above and beyond to help anyone he meets. Now, I see my brother struggle to remain brave, calm and in control, as he has undergone an aggressive chemotherapy treatment for seven consecutive days -- only to also be diagnosed with Typhlitis (this is a life-threatening, necrotizing enterocolitis occurring primarily in neutropenic patients). Neutropenic means he has no ability to fight infection. Typhlitis occurs most commonly in individuals with hematological malignancies who are neutropenic and have a breakdown of stomach mucosal lining as a result of the chemotherapy. My mom and I are hopeful that Chris will have a full remission, with hope and faith being our guide. My goal for Chris is to fully focus on conquering this disease and getting well without worrying about the cost of his medical treatment. Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 to help with all his medical expenses and after care expenses. On behalf of all my family and brother, Chris, I thank you for your kindness and generosity. Beef & Beer October 19th 7pm - 12am Saint Michael's Mutual Club, Gibbstown NJ Tickets $30 in advance $35 at door For tickets, questions or benefit information please contact: Katie Dell 856-803-8764 or Stacy Carlucci 609-313-0505 ‘Caring for Christopher ‘ c/o Century Savings Bank 800 E. Broad Street Gibbstown NJ 08027 Best regards, ~ Katie

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Katie Dell
Almost time! If you would like to purchase tickets with a credit card, click donate and leave your full name. Tickets will be waiting at the front door with your name on them. Feel free to contact me (856) 803-8764 with any questions! Looking forward to a great night with great people for a GREAT CAUSE!

Posted on October 12, 2012 by Katie Dell

Posted on October 9, 2012 by Katie Dell
Chris is still at Fox Chase but things are looking up! Hoping to have him home this week for a break before round 3 of chemotherapy takes place. If you haven't bought your tickets, let me know and I will get them to you - $30 in advance or $35 at door. Good food, BEER & WINE and above all else, my BROTHER... Come support and possibly go home with some great gifts! 10 days away! Feel free to call/text me for tickets 856-803-8764. 'Babes Bar, Pats Pizza, Lowes, Best Buy, Under the Gun Tattoo Studio, Red Lobster' - just to name a FEW who have given to this benefit!

Posted on September 26, 2012 by Katie Dell
Chris just completed round (2) of chemo, he goes back to Fox Chase Cancer Center next week for a clinical appointment then it's on to round (3)... Donations of food/alcohol/services are rolling in for our benefit (Caring for Christopher) as well as fantastic gifts for giveaways (HH Gregg, Lowes, Applebee's just to name a few) If you still need tickets ~ email/text/call/message me or Stacy and we will make sure you get tickets. Beer and wine are included, bar will be open 7pm-12am (mixed drinks is a cash bar).  Happy Hump Day! 

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Katie Dell
Wow ~ 285 views! Tickets to 'Caring for Christopher' benefit will be available Monday 9/17!! Did a photo shoot with Chris today ~ he goes back to Fox Chase Cancer Center Tueday, Septemeber 18th... Results from Bone Marrow Biopsy will be given. He is feeling weak but in very good spirits, this break from the hospital has done him a world of good! Have an awesome weekend! 

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Katie Dell
Donations may also be sent to:
Caring for Christopher
c/o Century Saviings Bank
800 E. Broad Street
Gibbstown NJ 08027

Posted on September 11, 2012 by Katie Dell

Caring for Christopher
Beef & Beer

Friday, October 19th, 2012 7pm - 12am
Saint Michael's Mutual Club
Gibbstown NJ 08027

Entertainment and Gifts all night long!
Leukemia Ribbons will be on sale for $5.00 each

$30 for tickets in advance (credit cards welcome) & $35 for tickets at the door (cash only)

100% of ALL PROCEEDS & DONATIONS will benefit my brothers extensive medical expenses.

Thank you for your support! 

~Katie Dell

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