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In April 2019 our world was rocked when Charlie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma. Charlie underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic in June 2019 that successfully removed 95% of his brain tumor.  After surgery he went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments in addition to ongoing treatment through an Optune device to halt regrowth of the tumor.  While 2020 was a hard year due to the pandemic, Charlie saw positive results from the treatment.

In January of 2021 a follow-up MRI showed that the tumor had come back. Charlie underwent another surgery at Sanford to remove the tumor regrowth and he again started chemotherapy treatments to slow any tumor regrowth. Unfortunately, his most recent MRI in June showed that the tumor is aggressively regrowing and his care team at Roger Maris Cancer Center gave a devastating prognosis of 3 to 6 months to Charlie.  Charlie is currently unable to work and is continuing chemo treatments with another MRI scheduled for mid-September to check the growth of the tumor.

To help support Charlie and his family with medical and other expenses, our IT Administration team at BCBSND is hosting this online campaign through Lend A Hand Up to raise financial help and hope for Charlie.

  • September 2nd - Thank you!

    Charlie has had a good week overall but is still tired. His next MRI is scheduled for 9/13 and he will meet again with the oncologist on 9/15. We’ll post another update after his appointments.

    Thank you for all of the words of encouragement and support for Charlie, Karen and Courteney. They have been reading the comments this week and are overwhelmed with the generosity and support from everyone.

  • MRI Results - September 15th

    Charlie had his follow up MRI on Monday this week and met with his oncologist today. Unfortunately the MRI results showed that the tumor growth has continued to progress so the chemo treatments have not been effective. His doctors advised that there are no other treatment options and the prognosis currently is no more than 6 months, which is very sad news. Charlie and his family will be meeting with the palliative care team (Hospice) in the next few weeks to discuss ongoing support and care.

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney are so appreciative of all the love and support from everyone and want you all to know how much they appreciate your support. They know that each day they have together is a blessing and are going to focus on making the most of the time they have together. Charlie and Karen welcome visitors and just ask that if you are not vaccinated that you wear a mask and only visit if you are feeling well.

    Please continue to send them your wishes of encouragement and support and we ask that you keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

Comments

  1. dave

    Charlie, Karen & Courteney- Please know you are all in our prayers for strength and healing🙏🎗
    Dave & Paula Ekman

  2. Tatum

    Here for you. Always 💗

  3. Leslie

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney – you are in my thoughts and prayers today and everyday!
    Sending warm hugs to all of you!

  4. Mary Johnson

    Charlie, Karen & Courtney,
    You are always in my prayers! Love and hugs to you all!

  5. Catherine Smith

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney, you are an amazing family and we are sending love and prayers. Love, KC and Cathy Smith

  6. Becky Knudson

    Charlie,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, Becky Knudson

  7. Darcy Meide

    Hey Charlie and Family,
    Thinking of you and praying for strength and positive results!

  8. Jason Boutwell

    Charlie – Cancer is tough on your and your entire circle. The entire Boutwell family will be praying for you, your immediate family, and your caregivers. We are praying for healing for you. We are praying for peace for you and your family and lastly we are praying for wisdom for your medical team.

  9. Jon Bogenreif

    Charlie – sending you best wishes and positive thoughts! Have a great week!
    Jon

  10. Dave Blouin

    Charlie, Karen Ann and Courteney: loved hanging out on your deck a few weeks ago. Let’s do it again? thinking a lot of all of you, Dave

  11. April Welsh

    Lifting you all up in prayer 💕Sending you many hugs and warm thoughts. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you guys ❤️

  12. Katie Boe

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney – your family is on my mind and in my heart. Sending love and strength your way!

  13. Sharon and Tod

    We love you so much and greatly admire your faith and persistence in fighting this cancer. Our prayers for all of you continue.

  14. Dawn Brunink

    Sending love to all of you!
    Dawn, Shannon, grace and Jake

  15. Charlie, Karen & Courteney

    Thank you your kind words friendship and love mean so much to us.

  16. Valerie Foran

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney,
    Warm wishes and caring thoughts, today, tomorrow and always! With love,Valerie

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  1. dave

    Charlie, Karen & Courteney- Please know you are all in our prayers for strength and healing🙏🎗
    Dave & Paula Ekman

  2. Tatum

    Here for you. Always 💗

  3. Leslie

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney – you are in my thoughts and prayers today and everyday!
    Sending warm hugs to all of you!

  4. Mary Johnson

    Charlie, Karen & Courtney,
    You are always in my prayers! Love and hugs to you all!

  5. Catherine Smith

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney, you are an amazing family and we are sending love and prayers. Love, KC and Cathy Smith

  6. Becky Knudson

    Charlie,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, Becky Knudson

  7. Darcy Meide

    Hey Charlie and Family,
    Thinking of you and praying for strength and positive results!

  8. Jason Boutwell

    Charlie – Cancer is tough on your and your entire circle. The entire Boutwell family will be praying for you, your immediate family, and your caregivers. We are praying for healing for you. We are praying for peace for you and your family and lastly we are praying for wisdom for your medical team.

  9. Jon Bogenreif

    Charlie – sending you best wishes and positive thoughts! Have a great week!
    Jon

  10. Dave Blouin

    Charlie, Karen Ann and Courteney: loved hanging out on your deck a few weeks ago. Let’s do it again? thinking a lot of all of you, Dave

  11. April Welsh

    Lifting you all up in prayer 💕Sending you many hugs and warm thoughts. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you guys ❤️

  12. Katie Boe

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney – your family is on my mind and in my heart. Sending love and strength your way!

  13. Sharon and Tod

    We love you so much and greatly admire your faith and persistence in fighting this cancer. Our prayers for all of you continue.

  14. Dawn Brunink

    Sending love to all of you!
    Dawn, Shannon, grace and Jake

  15. Charlie, Karen & Courteney

    Thank you your kind words friendship and love mean so much to us.

  16. Valerie Foran

    Charlie, Karen and Courteney,
    Warm wishes and caring thoughts, today, tomorrow and always! With love,Valerie

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