Update #2 (2/24/2021)
Once again, we’d like to thank everyone for their love, support and extremely generous donations! We are so grateful to have such wonderful people in our lives!!
Dad has completed his first week of chemo. While he’s doing an awesome job kicking cancer goodbye, he still has a long road ahead! So please keep rooting him on as he gears up for round 2!
Here's a message from Dad/Ed:
I want to thank everyone for their generous gifts, funny stories, words of encouragement, sharing of similar stories are all greatly encouraging to me.
The responses, not just from people that know me but from the people that only know me through their associations with my family and friends has been overwhelming.
I'm truly blessed to have such a support group.
I've completed my first full week of treatments and I starting to feel the effects but the onset has been gradual so that's good for me.
I have a couple weeks to recover and start another cycle on 3/9.
Update #1 (2/19/2021)
All we can say is - WOW! We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who has reached out, donated, shared this page and sent their well wishes! Your love and support is SO appreciated. This picture was taken yesterday (2/18/2021). Today, Dad is finishing up Day 4 of chemo. He is feeling good and will be wearing his chemo pack at home through tomorrow (Saturday).
He wanted to let you know how thankful he is:
I'm extremely grateful for all the support and funny responses, it makes me laugh, I know I need more of that medication.
This is crazy! Never expected anything like this! Makes me feel very, very blessed to have touched so many lives.
Really good for my mental state.
If you have any pictures or funny anecdotes, send them to the site and we'll post.
Welcome To Ed Cwiek's Fundraiser (2/17/2021)
Hi! Thanks for visiting Ed's donation page. Whether you know our dad from Coca-Cola, reffing, being a member of the Metallica fan club, or are family or friends, he can really use your support right now.
Over the past few months, our dad started to feel a lump beneath the base of his tongue. He made an appointment to have it evaluated and in that time it started giving him a hard time speaking and swallowing. Working with his cancer team at UPenn, and after multiple tests, it was diagnosed as a Stage 4 squamous cell tumor (called cancer of the head and neck). It’s considered Stage 4 because of the location but it has not yet spread to other parts of his body. Due to the size and location it is inoperable. Doctors believe they can knock it out with the chemo and immunotherapy but it’s going to take a tremendous toll on his body. As some of you may remember, he had cancer 20 years ago and with radiation therapy he beat it...AND HE PLANS ON BEATING IT AGAIN!!!
Yesterday he had his port put in and today (2/16) he started chemotherapy at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro. He’s staying positive but we know it’s going to be a long tough road back.
If you know my dad, you know he never stops moving. He's always been active and this has helped him stay as healthy as possible going into this battle- even the doctors were impressed a 64 year old man was on zero medications and this will hopefully put him in the best position to recover from this. Medical bills are already starting to add up, which is why we created this page for donations. If you are able to donate, we would greatly appreciate it and no donation is too small! We understand these are tough times for so many, so you can also show some love by sharing this page with your friends and family. Well wishes and positive thoughts are needed too! We can’t wait to have our Dad back spending time with his grandkids, especially since he has his first granddaughter arriving next month!
We are hopeful and grateful he has a positive mindset and will do what he can to get through this. Your support at this time will mean everything to our family- whether thats through donations or positive messages. It is very difficult for him to speak on the phone due to the tumor, and he is not on social media, so if you would like to send him some love you can write it on this page with your donation or email [email protected] and we will get the messages to him. If you have any questions or would like to donate separately please email us as well.
Thank you from the bottom of our heart for visiting our dad's page.
To quote our dad: CARPE DIEM! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
The Cwiek Family
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