Believe us when we say that progress is being made.
Earlier this month, we learned that Colt DelVerne – the son of former Michigan kicker Jeff DelVerne and his wife, Shannon – was diagnosed with DIPG. That reality hit us like a ton of bricks. Not only had Colt been in remission from Medulloblastoma for more than five years, these are family friends.
We are heartbroken for the DelVernes, but appreciative that so much has changed medically in the two years Chad has been gone. Jeff and Shannon wrote this note on our ChadTough Foundation Facebook Page:
Hello Carr Crew,
We met with Dr. Koschmann last Wednesday at Mott and it blew our minds how much progress your organization has made over the past few years. As he indicated you took decades of work and condensed it into a couple of years with the funds you are raising along with awareness. We were most taken back by the idea that someone from our corner of the world (Saline, MI) was making such a difference in the worldwide fight against DIPG. Thinking of all the lives you might save in the coming years as these funds unlock the keys to this disease. As Dr. Koschmann went on and on, it began to dawn on us both that your work was already benefiting our son Colt as ChadTough is literally changing the standard of care for DIPG. We only write this to let everyone know that you are winning and now is the time to dig in even further cause if we jam the next two decades of progress into the next 24 months, imagine where we will be in this fight!
Jeff and Shannon DelVerne
We recognize how much has changed in two years.
When our son was diagnosed with DIPG in 2014, a biopsy was not an option. Now, children can have a routine biopsy for customized experimental treatment. Those biopsies are also providing key information to the increasing number of researchers focusing on DIPG.
Dr. Carl Koschman announced in September that he and his team at Michigan Medicine uncovered critical information about DIPG by analyzing Chad’s tumor — a huge cause for celebration for us.
Doctors are now saying a cure could happen in our lifetime.
We don’t want to stop the momentum, which is why we ask that you support The ChadTough Foundation and DIPG research with your Giving Tuesday donation.
We ask that you give whatever is in your heart to The ChadTough Foundation to honor Chad and fuel our fire to fight this disease. All donations go to DIPG research, something we believe is advancing at a rapid pace, thanks in large part to the work being done at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, and by top researchers across the country.
Every cure starts somewhere.
Thank you in advance for your support and donation – we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!