Mike Turner Memorial Spring Classic Hockey Game
Organized by: Friends of the Turner Family
EVENT DATE Mar 11, 2017
We hope you can join us this Saturday, March 11, 2017 to remember Mike Turner and celebrate his life. We are having the first annual Michael Turner Spring Classic Hockey Game. We have about 30 skaters from all different points of Mike’s hockey career getting together from 4-5 at Walter Brown Arena (old Boston University rink). Friends and family will all be in attendance.
After the game, we are gathering around the corner from the rink at T’s Pub from 5-8 for food and drinks to further remember Mike. There will be complimentary pizza, wings, and tenders at T’s, and it will be a cash bar. We hope that you can make it whether or not you are playing in the hockey game and encourage you to bring spouses / significant others and children. If you cannot attend, we hope that you can make it next year.
Regardless of whether you can attend the event, we hope that everyone will make a donation to help support Kate and Brennan, who are doing well and recently moved into a new home. We have set a fundraising goal of $20,000, and we hope that everyone contributes as much as they can in order for us to reach this goal together.
April 20, 2016
With heavy hearts, we share the news of Mike's passing.
To honor Mike's wishes, the family is hosting a gathering in his memory with passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
Sunday, April 24 at 7pm at Spinelli's Lynnfield, Route One South Lynnfield, MA.
For those coming from out of town, there is a Holiday Inn and Suites Boston-Peabody across the street.
The Turner's would like to gather to celebrate Mike's life. Please bring along your favorite memory or anecdote of Mike for his family to treasure.
In lieu of flowers, see link above for a fund for Brennan or continue to contribute via Crowdrise.
We got some bad news today. The current chemo has stopped working and therefore Mike's tumor is growing and expanding from the right side of his head into the left. Sadly this has greatly interfered with Mike's vision. Mike was sent for an MRI yesterday when problems with his left eye arose. They got the results today which have left them somewhat speechless. Mike's tumor is like an octopus with insidious tentacles wreaking havoc on the optic nerves in his head and taking up space in his sinus towards his brain stem. While the tumor is relatively small any enhancement in its size has dire consequences. So what does all this mean? Mike will start a new chemo drug called Votrient. It is a targeted therapy for sarcomas and is a pill that is taken daily. The side effects are supposed to be pretty bad. Doctors give it a 10-20% chance success rate and on average it has helped patients gain 3-5 more months. That's the average and we know Mike is a fighter. Some people live for years on this drug and we are not giving up hope that Mike will continue to defy the odds. It's with a heavy heart that we communicate this disappointing news today. But we know the Turners are the strongest people we know and won't give up. They have moved in with Mike's family to be around loved ones during this time. Please continue to send notes, emails and texts they love hearing from you.
In May of 2011 our friend Mike Turner was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Fibrosarcoma located in his upper jaw and sinus. Mike underwent an extensive operation to remove the tumor that also required the removal of Mike's entire right sinus and upper right jaw. Surgery was followed by 40 rounds of proton radiation therapy that finished in September 2011.
Two weeks before celebrating his 3rd year cancer free and a month after the birth of his first child, Mike visited his doctor due to sinus headaches. A precautionary CT scan was ordered which revealed the shocking news, that the cancer was back and now located scarily close to his brain at the base of his skull.
Due to the location of the tumor and the prior radiation treatments Mike underwent, both surgery and additional radiation is not possible. Mike's remaining treatment option is chemotherapy. Since chemo is the only treatment option available, multiple rounds will be required. Doctors have told Mike that this will be a long and difficult battle and that success is uncertain. Mike is ready to fight, no matter how long it takes, so he can watch his newborn son Brennan grow.
Mike and Kate have always been great friends to those lucky enough to know them and as a community, both near and far from Boston, we would like to show our support by helping them financially. We hope to ease the financial burden of medical bills and the loss of employment the upcoming treatment will bring, so the Turner family can concentrate all their strength on winning this second fight.
Your generosity means a lot to them and to those who love them; no donation is too small. Thank you!
Please note, because your contribution is to an individual and not a registered 501(c)3, it is not tax deductible.
Today, Mike completed his first round of chemo and is staying strong. During treatment, Kate and Brennan's visits were the highlight of his day, but your positive notes give them strength. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as Mike battles the draining side-effects of chemo and send notes, cards and thoughts--they love hearing from you even if you don't get a response right away.
For those of you wondering what else you can do, please share this link and keep them in your prayers.
They thank you with all of their hearts!
"Feeling better after sleeping for two days. Now I'm up and spending time with my family. I'm absolutely blown away by all the support here, it's what keeps me going." - Mike
Thank you again for your generosity and also for keeping the Turner Family in your thoughts and prayers. Mike is beginning his 2nd round of chemo today. He's managing through some symptoms including headaches, bouts of nausea and overall exhaustion. His hair began to fall out last week and, in true Turner fashion, he's embraced it and makes it look good--we must admit he has a very attractive head! Brennan continues to be the light of their lives and his smiles keep Mike and Kate's days bright. Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to share this link and send notes of support, they love hearing from you.
We had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with our family, our dog Hunter especially enjoyed the table scraps of turkey slipped to her. It was also a great opportunity for us to reflect on what we do have to be thankful for - our amazing friends and family who have been bending over backwards to help us these past two months and our beautiful baby Brennan who is growing so fast and developing the cutest personality.
Today Mike starts round 3 of Chemo. This is an important milestone because an MRI and CT scan of his head and chest were administered on Saturday and today we heard from the Oncologist that they show the current regime is working!!! We were anxiously awaiting the news all weekend so we can finally breath a sigh of relief. The plan is for Mike to continue down this path and we hope the chemo drugs and Mike will continue to battle the sarcoma. I'm so impressed with Mike's determination to beat this a second time, it's hard to see someone you love go through such a difficult process with miserable side effects, but Mike is truly amazing and his strength and toughness is a true inspiration to me, traits I know will get him through this.
Thank you for your continued support, thoughts, and prayers! We love hearing from you all.
The Turner family had a nice holiday and were happy to spend time with friends and family enjoying Brennan's first Christmas. Mike was given an extra week off between treatments in order to enjoy the Christmas season, so he is feeling healthy and energized which is a wonderful Christmas present. He goes back in for treatment Wed-Thur this week. Three cycles are behind him so he has just three more to go. Mike and Kate thank you so much for all your continued love and support. They are feeling very optimistic and ready to bring in the new year!!
Mike had another scan last week which showed the tumor remains stable (no growth), the oncologist was very pleased about this result. While it isn't news that the tumor is shrinking, it's definitive proof that the treatment is working. The plan going forward is to have the sixth and final treatment Feb 12-14th. Mike is managing the side effects of nausea, pain, and exhaustion, but that won't stop him from rooting for the Patriots this weekend in the Super Bowl.
Mike finished his 6th treatment on February 14th. The cumulative effects of chemo hit him really hard this last round. Six days after completing chemo Mike was admitted to MGH for 5 days to receive intravenous medication to manage the side effects which included fever, pain, exhaustion, and a compromised immune system. While in the hospital he also received a blood transfusion to help aid his recovery. Mike is home now and on the mend, while healing is a slow process, each day he gets stronger and feels more energized. The Turners are so thankful for everyone’s support. Please continue to keep Mike in your thoughts; he has a scan to confirm the tumor is still stable and a follow up appointment with his oncologist March 9th. We are all hoping that the report will be good. Mike plans to return to work sometime this summer and hopes to see everyone in the near future.
Scan results came in and they were good. Mike is now on a “chemo holiday” and is considered in remission. He has another scan in 3 months to ensure this remains the case and will continue with future scans at this frequency, so if the tumor changes doctors are poised to jump in with more treatment. We are now focusing on getting Mike recovered from the past 6 months of treatment. The Turners feel so strongly that there is power in positive thinking and are so grateful for all the thoughts and prayers that have been sent Mike’s way. This experience has taken a tremendous toll on the family. Kate and Mike would like to thank everyone who has pitched in and supported them. We will keep you updated as things progress. Again there are no words to adequately thank everyone here for your support, it’s so humbling.
Great news, the tumor is stable, showing no growth. The oncologists were overjoyed with this outcome. The Turners feel a tremendous amount of relief and look forward to getting back to normal lives and returning to work. Mike will continue to have scans every 3 months. If there are any changes in the tumor, doctors are ready to jump back in with new treatment. The past three months, waiting for this scan, have been stressful and difficult. They are proud as a family to have come this far and appreciate all of their friends who have banded together to help them overcome any obstacles thrown their way. Thank you again for all the support, they hope to enjoy the summer and will update us at the next scan.
Labor Day is behind us, signaling that summer is coming to an end and the Turners would like to take a moment to look back at the great memories they made. They were able to spend time with friends and family in MA, VT, RI, and ME. The summer was full of swimming in the pool and trips to the beach. In August they celebrated Brennan’s first birthday which was a joyous occasion. Sadly, they also carry some disappointing news in this update, Mike’s tumor is growing again. The doctors have jumped to action with a new course of treatment. Mike will start a new chemo drug on Monday in hopes to stabilize the disease. He will do two rounds of chemo and then have scans to see the impact of the drug on the cancer. Doctors have not given them an expected prognosis or success rate. There is a lot of uncertainty at this time due to the rarity of Mike’s Sarcoma. Please keep Mike in your thoughts and prayers. They are trading in their swimsuits for battle gear and are ready to fight this cancer again.
Everyone always asks how to help -- any support you can provide is very much appreciated. Please share their story and also send texts, emails and notes of support to remind them of good times and make them smile!