Organized by: Carl Flanagan Support Fund
On February 27, 2013, our dear friend and a great man, Carl Flanagan went in for a colonoscopy and the doctors discovered a mass in his colon. And so Carl’s battle began as he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer.
(Before getting to the rest of the story, if you can afford to contribute, please do! If you cannot, please share on your social circles or email: https://www.crowdrise.com/carlcan/fundraiser/dangilkison — both actions are appreciated!)
After surgery and several months of chemotherapy treatments (and lots of support from his love Debbie, his sons Colin and Jack, and other family and friends) Carl returned in early November for a follow up CT scan. Unfortunately he learned that a nodule on his right lung had grown bigger.
Another surgery followed to remove the nodule.
Soon after, Carl was given the news that he was "disease free" — finally, news to celebrate! On February 5, 2014, Carl was given doctor's approval to return to work. And he was ecstatic.
That great news was short-lived. In mid-April, 2014, Carl was told following another CT scan that he had two masses in his lungs. Thus, another surgery and another round of chemo ensued.
Yet, as we have come to expect, Carl continued to live his life with humor and joy. Drawing chalk pictures of Daffy Duck. Riffing about Pee Wee Herman. Traveling with his family. Attending every Cardinals baseball game — usually with Colin and Jack — that he possibly could.
At every turn, Carl lives to be the best person he can be. He looks at life in clear, simple and personal terms. He recently said: "I have not had great achievements in business, sports, medicine, or the arts as many people have. I will never be famous nor will I ever be mentioned in history books. I am absolutely fine with this. If I am remembered for only one thing I want that one thing to be what I consider to be the greatest achievement for which I could ever strive...that I was a good father to my children."
For those who have met his boys, it's obvious: Carl's goal is already achieved!
So, where are things today? Carl learned in January that he had a growth on his pancreas, one on his liver, one on each lung, and the two on his brain that they weren't able to remove during surgery. He has since undergone 18 radiation treatments and about six chemo treatments. However, his latest MRI was very favorable and showed that the two growths on his brain have gotten smaller. Needless to say, he was thrilled.
Even after another round of gut-punching news, Carl says: “It’s been awhile since I've been 100%, but that's ok, I'm still here and fighting every day. I thank God for every new day and I thank Him every day for healing me because I wholeheartedly believe He is.”
Carl would tell you himself that this is not a story of pity. He doesn't live that way. But it is his story at this time, and the story illustrates the duration of medical treatments incurred and he needs our help.
In closing, our time on this earth is not guaranteed. What we do, daily, makes a difference. Carl has dedicated his life to bringing compassion into the world every day. His heart is big and bright, through it all. Please contribute to this Crowdrise page and help Carl bring beauty into the world for much, much longer.
All proceeds will go directly to Carl to handle the bills that are overwhelming him and his family. Your help matters, immensely.
P.S. If you'd prefer to send via post mail, here's Carl's address:
3012 South 28th Place
Rogers, AR 72758