Moving Mountains with John Bertram

For: Micah, Charlotte, and John Bertram Lancaster
Saint Simons Island, GA
Organizer: Kimmy Karlsen and Arthur Hudson
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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 April 24, 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017

The appointment Friday ended up in good news! They were originally concerned after getting lab results back Wednesday that John Bertram would be needing another blood transfusion. However his labs on Friday showed his hemoglobin had stabilized so they didn't have to do one! The ultrasound also showed that the source of bleeding was slowing so that is also great news! The swelling seen on the scan is normal due to the bleeding. 

John Bertram has been tired but is such a little fighter! They will continue for now with the current plan of weekly Chemo treatments every Wednesday. 

We praise God for this good news! 

Posted on April 20, 2017

Posted on April 20, 2017

It has been awhile since I have updated. We hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with friends and family.

John Bertram just had his second round of chemo yesterday.  Charlotte said chemo went fine but they got some concerning blood work back that needs further evaluation. They will be returning to the hospital tomorrow for a possible blood transfusion and additional scans. The doctors think the tumor may be running out of space to grow, causing some other tissues. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated!



Posted on April 7, 2017

Posted on April 7, 2017

John Bertram was discharged home Wednesday afternoon and we now have a treatment plan.  Next week JB will start his chemotherapy at Wolfsons Children's Hospital in Jacksonville. The first 6 weeks, JB will get treatment for a full day, once a week for the 6 weeks. They will be able to come home on the other days in between treatments. After that is completed, they will go for a whole week at a time, every other week. They were told they are looking at minimum of 33 weeks. Those do not include any set backs that are known to occur with this type of treatment, like abnormal blood counts and fevers. He also will still have to another big surgery to remove the tumor at some point.

Please continue praying for them. They have a long journey ahead but this is all part of God's plan and we must trust in it. We want to continue to thank ALL of you for the outpouring of love and support you are giving them.

Love,
Kimmy and Arthur Hudson

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