Chasing Cancer Away

Thank you for visiting our family blog!  EFAMILY is about our life and since July of 2012, a significant portion of our life has become focused on our third child Chase and his fight against cancer.

Chase has Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor cancer (more commonly referred to as “AT/RT”) which was discovered on July 31, 2012.  He went through a large and successful brain surgery on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012, and started a very aggressive chemo treatment later in the same month.  You can read more, starting with our initial post “When A Seizure Is A Blessing“.  You will also find us on Facebook at

To any and all who have so faithfully and thoughtfully read, commented, prayed, encouraged and given, I only hope that we may one day sit face to face so that I can share with you how incredibly blessed we are because of you.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”  ~Romans 11:33-36 (ESV) 




15 responses to “Chasing Cancer Away

  1. Praying for God’s blessings, love, peace ,rest, grace daily for you and your family.

  2. We thank God for you always and keep your family in our prayers constantly. Thanks so much for sharing this season of trial with us. This blog helps direct our prayers and praises to the One who holds all of us in the palms of His hands. Our God IS an AWESOME God! xo

  3. Chase is so adorable. I am praying for your family. Love your strength and humor through all this. Thank you Chase for touching my heart every day.

  4. Praying for Chase and his complete healing.

  5. Dear Beautiful Family,
    A prayer request for your adorable son was just forwarded to me. I pray for healing for your son. Our family knows to well the trials of having a child go through cancer treatment. Our youngest did in 2010-11. She is doing well. Keep the faith! Praise God for all of His trials and blessings.
    Where do you live? This Saturday, my daughter Caroline and a few other kids who have gone through treatment are invited to have dinner with Fr. Rookey, a priest who, through whom Gods hands has performed many miracles. He is ninety six years old. We would live to have you and your family join us. We live in Batavia il. He is coming at 2:30. This Saturday November 10 th to a friend of mine’s house. He has been their family friend for sometime.
    I hope you get this message. Please call or email me at 6302102379.
    Praying for you,
    Chris Barrett

  6. Reading your blog is very emotional. It breaks my heart to see what Chase is having to endure. But he is still such the personality. As a parent I can only imagine the weight that your heart carries in this ordeal and yet you guys remain strong for your little boy and have unwavering faith in GOD, it’s amazing. My son Corey and I pray for Chase and your family nightly. Corey doesn’t quite understand Cancer and so he asks every couple of weeks if Chase is cured yet; followed up by trying to donate his saving account to help. (kids are great :-) ) We will continue to pray and follow Chase on his journey to wellness through your journals.

    Isaiah 33:2
    O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

  7. Every so often I check on your site to see how Chase is doing. I have his name on my calendar in my phone on Thursday so I can remember to pray. I live in awe of all of your strengths. I remember the hard times GOD has gotten my family through because of you. It is awesome to think how HE walks beside us and helps fight our battles. Don’t ever give up HE LOVES YOU.

  8. Russ Otto and Family

    This was a special week for an extra special little man…Happy Birthday and Graduation Day to one very brave little guy! Your struggle with cancer ministers to so many souls and your parents’ faith in our almighty Father is such an encouragement to us. May He continue to pour out His amazing grace on all of you, as it spills over onto all who know you. Thank you Father God for your steadfast love and tender mercies that are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness! xoxo

  9. Russ Otto and Family

    I like that “no cancer in my spine” face! Praise God!! :-)

  10. heard about your son on dave ramsey. you are fighting a remarkably courageous battle for your son. he is truly adorable and doesnt deserve this as does no child or family. is there any idea at all how this AT/RT occurs? feel free to email me. wishing you courage and perseverance and love. JSL

    • JSL, thank you so much for your encouragement! AT/RT is one of those cancers known for genetic mutation and even though we, as his parents, don’t carry the gene, and our other children don’t have the gene, his tumor was studied by genetic specialists and they think Chase was most likely born with a predisposition for this cancer. As always, we trust God that HIS plan for Chase in this world is far bigger and better than anything we could imagine or hope! So glad you listen to Dave Ramsey! What a great guy – helping so many people!

  11. Mom I was so brave brought tears to this old lady’s eyes. So happy it is over for now and praying hard for his future

  12. My prayers are with you and your family!

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