Moving Mountains with John Bertram

For: Micah, Charlotte, and John Bertram Lancaster
Saint Simons Island, GA
Organizer: Kimmy Karlsen and Arthur Hudson
Moving Mountains with John Bertram (Micah, Charlotte, and John Bertram Lancaster)
$21,737
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 162 donors
72% Complete

The Story

As many of you may have heard, last week the Lancaster's world was turned upside down when they learned their seemingly healthy, happy, beautiful little 2.5 year old son, John Bertram, was diagnosed with Cancer. 

CT scans revealed a large mass with spots on his lungs and liver. The MRI revealed the mass to be 10.2 cm long. He underwent surgery Wednesday March 29th to remove what they thought to be an intact Wilms tumor but unfortunately they were confronted with some complications. The tumor had ruptured and is too large and involved with other organs at this time to be removed. They have received the preliminary pathology reports: Stage 4 Wilms with favorable histology.  Of the cancer choices, it is the best, most common, and least likely type to travel to the brain. We praise God for this diagnosis!! As prior to the path reading, the doctors were leaning towards a poorer diagnosis. The plan right now is for John Bertram to heal from surgery before starting other treatment. He is stable and getting stronger every day. He had his first wheelchair ride today!! They are not sure what the treatment plan will be but I will provide updates when we have a better understanding. Charlotte said it best: "We have a long road still, but a road with much fewer anticipated bumps than the other options!!!" 

We ask as friends of Charlotte and Micah to please continue to pray for John Bertram as he braves through this battle. We know God is in control and He is the ultimate miracle maker. We are raising money to help with the upcoming costs of medical expenses so that they will be able to focus on caring for John Bertram and being together as a family.

God Bless,

Kimmy and Arthur Hudson

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 28, 2017

Posted on June 28, 2017

Hi everyone! It has been awhile since our last update. I talked with Charlotte and John Bertram today! Everything is still going really well as far as treatment. Charlotte said John Bertram is doing great and has energy for days which is awesome!! While we were talking I could hear him putting out fires with his fire truck and trying to take off running down the hall with scissors haha...Just how a 2 year old should be!!! Keeping his mommy and daddy on their toes! He did have to have a blood transfusion last week for low counts but she joked that even with a low count, our little buddy was still his playful, smiley self. They are still doing the every other week chemo treatments in Jacksonville and they are staying at the Ronald McDonald house during treatment weeks so they don't have to be driving back and forth from St.Simons to Jacksonville everyday.  They have a date set in mid July for the big surgery to remove the tumor. They will do more scans this Friday. John Bertram's hair has started seeing the effects of the chemo so he got a new hair cut last week. Charlotte said he was unsure of it at first, but his neighborhood buddies all rallied and shaved their heads too! What sweet boys to love and support their friend!! We are so thankful for the amazing support system they have down there! 

We are all forever grateful for you who have followed this journey with The Lancaster's.  We hope everyone everyone has a safe July 4th weekend and I will update again soon! 

Posted on May 25, 2017

Posted on May 25, 2017

The liver scan came back clear today!!! Praise God for his wonderful miracles! Inpatient chemo will start tomorrow.

Keep the prayers coming.. they are working! 

Posted on May 23, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017

Last week John Bertram completed his 6th round of chemotherapy. What a tough little guy!! Today they got results back from a scan they had done on Friday to determine if the tumor had shrinked enough to proceed with surgery to remove it. Charlotte said the doctors are pleased with the effects of the chemo but the tumor is still closer to the pancreas than they would like for surgery at this time. The doctors have requested an MRI for Thursday to get a better view of the spots on his liver. There also was a sub pleural spot near the left lung they want to check out. Depending on the MRI results, John Bertram may need a liver biopsy to confirm if the spots are Wilms. We need lots of prayers for the results of these spots to be part of the Wilms diagnoses.  If they are from a different form of cancer that will mean different treatments and possibly an entirely seperate surgery.  If they determine a biopsy is not necessary, they will be admitted Friday to start the week long stays for chemo. 

As as far as when the major surgery to remove the Wilms tumor will be, they are waiting another 6 weeks to give the tumor more time to shrink.

We appreciate all the continued love and prayers for the Lancasters!

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