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Chase’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Your thoughts and prayers are so appreciated. We have wonderful doctors and nurses here and with God on our team, we are ready to compete in the biggest game of Chase's life!

Game On!

Chase's story began about a week before Thanksgiving when he was complaining that his lips were numb, jaw was sore and teeth hurt, all at just random times, no triggers or anything. So he went to the dentist first for ex-rays, looking for a cavity or abscess. Then he went to the orthodontist. Next we made a stop at the local clinic and thought his sinuses were causing the discomfort. All this in a period of 4 weeks, while he was attending classes at DSU and preparing for finals. When he came home after finals, the local PA took another look at him and found a large mass of lymph nodes on his neck,and a small one on his cheek, and behind his ear. This got the ball rolling with a trip to DeSmet for blood work, a stop at the Brookings ER and here we are at Sanford Children's Hospital diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (ALL)

Game On Team Chase!

Latest Journal Update

September Update

Yesterday was chemo day for Chase. Once again his numbers were good and vincristine and pentamidine were administered in the clinic. Chemo pills and steroids remained at the regular dose for the month. Good news indeed!

We are so thankful for the path we are traveling on right now. We can only trust the good news will continue. Our prayers for Chase are for him to remain healthy and to be able to manage a full schedule of classes.

Prayers go out to all whose path may be difficult and challenging to understand.

Jesus Calling yesterday was so fitting.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

—Proverbs 3:5–6

Game On
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Jan Hillestad
By Jan Hillestad
Great to hear! Hope college is going well for you and Cole this year, Chase. Best wishes!!

The Hillestads
Rick, Jan, Carson, and Taylor
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Linda Jensen
By Steve and Linda Jensen
Wonderful,good news! So happy for you all!
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Pam Luecke
By Pam Luecke
It is well with my soul! Prayers and support for all.
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Linda Dailey
By Linda Dailey
Thank you for the encouraging update!! Great news!! Keep it coming!!! :)
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James Craney
By Jim & Sharon Craney
Praise to the Casper family you are being blessed. Chase so happy to hear that things are going so well with you. Hope school is going well. Our granddaughter Mackenzie has gone off to college Miami Of Ohio and having adjustments as yes missing home. Her father our son Douglas no better as they were very tight. Each day gets better. So hard to believe you young people are growing up. God bless and keep the good news coming.
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Carole Kjellsen
By Carole and Dick Kjellsen
Congratulations on another very encouraging update
Our best wishes to each of you as you continue to support Chase and and we all continue to pray for all of you. CHASE IS AMAZING. GOD IS GOOD.
Kelsey's aunt in GA
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Karla Ferrin
By Karla Ferrin
Great update!!!
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Cathy Hafner
By Cathy Hafner
We always look forward to your updates, and we never take for granted the happy news. It is sobering to consider all the people who are struggling right now with their treatments. The 'Jesus Calling' readings are a daily part of our lives, too, and they very frequently speak to our circumstances. God bless and game on!
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Julaine  Stratmeyer
By Julaine Stratmeyer
Great news!
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