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March 25, 2013

Dairy Queen of Allendale, MI

After a two rib fractures and months of continuous bone pain and lack of energy, Dave finally made an appointment to see his doctor in December 2012.  Routine blood testing demanded an immediate hospitalization. After multiple tests and scans, all diagnostic indicators led to multiple myeloma (MM).  MM is a cancer of the plasma cells which attacks and destroys bone. Although MM is not yet curable, it is becoming more and more treatable.  Devastated by the diagnosis, Dave thought he was granted a death wish, but with the incredible advancement in treatments and the positive results he has received after 9 rounds of chemotherapy, he looks forward to a hopeful future! After 16 weeks of chemo, Dave is looking forward to a bone marrow transplant which hopefully will give him a great result.  There have been exciting developments in new drug treatments for patients with multiple myeloma, as well as a new transplant center in Grand Rapids.

From day one, Dave has been surrounded and supported by his loving family, which includes his wife of 30 years, Shelly, and his 5 boys: Mitchell (Melissa), Tyler (Lindsay), Trevor, Nick, and Zack. He has 4 grandchildren, Levi, Madi, Brody and Emmett. Dave and Shelly attend Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church, and have been uplifted by the church family there through prayers and extensions of love. The outpouring has been an overwhelming blessing to Dave and Shelly and family.  The family has found great comfort in the following two verses:

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” II Corinthians 12:10

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

Dave and the family are teaming up with the Dairy Queen in Allendale, MI to raise awareness about MM and fundraise for the International Myeloma Foundation.  Donations can be given in his name by clicking the yellow button on this page, and the event will be held March 25 from 4-8 at the Dairy Queen, 5053 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale, MI.  If you’re in the area, drop by.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to the IMF!



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