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Carson Confronts Cancer

Carson Thelen / Honor Pages

Our constant prayer is for a miracle for our son, Carson. But we can not stop there. We must do better. It is time to find THE treatment that works against high-risk, high-grade Rhabdomyosarcoma. We vow to chase this lion! From the book, 'In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day': '...He defied the odds. He didn't focus on his disadvantages. He didn't make excuses. He didn't avoid situations where odds were against him. Lion chasers know God is bigger and more powerful. They thrive in the toughest circumstances because they know that impossible odds set the stage for amazing miracles.' We hold onto Isaiah 40, Faith, God, Amazing Scientists & our Carson.
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About Carson Confronts Cancer

In April of 2020, our 16 year old son, Carson, began complaining of back pain. We took the usual steps of visiting a chiropractor, then our pediatrician, then urgent care. On April 24th, we took Carson to the ER for sharp pains on his right side & continued back pain. We were told it was cancer. Within 2 days he was transferred to MD Anderson. He was diagnosed with high-risk, high-grade rhabdomyosarcoma. This disease appears to have originated in his prostate and had already spread to lymph nodes, bone marrow, bones, spine, and possibly lungs. Carson began chemo treatments on May 1, 2020. Survival rates tell stories of the past, not the future. We believe there is an effective treatment & we must work diligently to find it. Although cancer is at the focus, it does not define Carson. Carson is an intelligent (in the top 5% of his sophomore class), witty, fun, compassionate, handsome, ambitious teenage boy. He has BIG goals for his life (college, job, wife, children), and he wants to do his part to end cancer. Carson believes in miracles and prayer. He also believes God gives us an amazing village of resources & we are called to obediently do all we can to help one another.

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