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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Preston. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.  



Last fall Preston was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  Doctors believed that it was isolated to a tumor in his groin.  Fortunately, Preston was able to receive expert care from the cancer geniuses at M.D. Anderson.  His last scan in April showed no signs of cancer. 

Preston went off to his new job in Iowa and was ready to get back to work.  He came back down to Austin on June 25th for his regular check-up at M.D. Anderson.  His appointment was scheduled for the following week.  Preston had been having neuropathy and severe sensitivity and pain in his left foot, but aside from that he seemed to be in good spirits.

Over the weekend, Preston became weaker.  He woke up Sunday morning unable to walk or focus his eyes.  Our family was concerned that his medications were having severe side effects. 

The doctors in Austin did an MRI and told us that there were no abnormalities.  At the same time, Preston's doctors at M.D. Anderson were insisiting that he come down to the MDA emergency room immediately.  He's been there ever since.

What we thought to be side effects of heavy doses of medication turned out to be cancer.  Preston now has cancer cells in the membrane around his spinal cord.  Doctors have told us that these cells are putting pressure on his spinal cord, which in turn is making his legs very weak.  At the moment, Preston is unable to walk.  In addition, Preston has cancer cells in the membrane around the base of his brain.  This has led to Preston's inability to focus his eyes.  He can see alright when he is only using one eye, but he is unable to focus using both. 

This cancer is very rare.  The MRI was unable to detect it and doctors told us that they wouldn't usually even look for this cancer in someone his age and in it's location.  In addition, it is very difficult to detect using regular screening methods. 

Please check the blog regularly for updates on Preston's progress.  He is a very strong and vibrant young man and we know that he'll show this cancer what he's made of!

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Lindsey Haun posted a new journal entry.

Lindsey here.  Thank you to everyone for all of your generous donations and support.  I'm doing the Big D Climb in January to raise money for people suffereing from ... Read more

Brian Thompson signed Preston's Guestbook.

I'm not sure exactly why, but I thought of you today, Preston. As cliche as it may sound, its hard to believe that so much time has passed since you've left us. Ride in ... Read more

Br. Francis Thérèse (Pat) Krautter signed Preston's Guestbook.

Dear Preston, I just found out today that you passed on from this world. I guess we never fully realize how much people mean to us until they leave us behind. Today ... Read more

Maureen Marcum (Mom) signed Preston's Guestbook.

May 6th is a special honor for you Preston.  Westwood High School is having the initial ceremony for the "Preston Drew Haun Service Award."  A plague with your ... Read more

Kris Olson signed Preston's Guestbook.

Just checking in to say that Preston is still in our thoughts. This years annual gathering in the Texas Hill Country is dedicated to him. David, it's been mentioned that ... Read more

Maureen Marcum (Mom) signed Preston's Guestbook.

It's Valentine's Day, 2011, and the first time I can't wish Preston a Happy Valentine's Day in person.  But, he is still here so strong in my heart and thoughts that I ... Read more

Lindsey Haun posted a new journal entry.

Lindsey here.  Thank you to everyone for all of your generous donations and support.  I'm doing the Big D Climb in January to raise money for people suffereing from ... Read more

Andrew Johnstone signed Preston's Guestbook.

Hello David I came across your blog via the big crazy bunch at ADVrider. I didn't know your brother at all, I am sure though that I have read some of his entries. I was ... Read more

Danielle Korns signed Preston's Guestbook.

I wish that I would have known about Preston's cancer sooner. I am fortunate enough to say that I met Preston at Westwood before my freshman year in 1999 at summer band ... Read more

Maureen Marcum (Mom) signed Preston's Guestbook.

I wanted to thank all of Preston's extended family, friends, and co-workers who came to my son, Preston's, memorial.  I know some of you drove long distances.  The ... Read more

Gary Andrews signed Preston's Guestbook.

Preston goes "way back" in our family with fond memories. We are blessed to have Preston in our memories. I am speaking for our family. My oldest son, Jesse met ... Read more

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