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Mar 18, 2018
Welcome to the CaringBridge website for Chris Bartholomew. We are using this page to keep family and friends updated and to collect your words of support, hope, and encouragement for Chris. Please leave a note under “Thought and Well Wishes” below. Thank you for visiting.
Dear Loving Friends and Family,
Chris needs us now more than ever in his fight against brain cancer. In 2010, Chris was diagnosed with an inoperable astrocytoma. It was an incredible shock, but Chris has always kept his head up and his hopes high. His positivity and acceptance regarding his prognosis remain incredible, as demonstrated through the caring words and kindness he shares with everyone he meets. He received treatment from the amazing team of doctors at Wake Forest Hospital in North Carolina, his home.
Because our father served in the United States Air Force, our family moved around during our childhood—six locations total until he retired as a Lt. Col. But Chris is a tried and true mountain man, having made his home in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, since he graduated from high school in 2001. Chris is happiest when he is in nature, a real Eagle Scout, always. This past September, we celebrated his 35th birthday at a cabin in the mountains, hiking, cooking over the fire, and staring at the stars together. During this trip, Chris shared his desire to help others, especially children, who experience this terrible disease. Sadly, brain tumors are primarily found in young children and research is the only way doctors will be able to learn more and get closer to a cure.
Shortly after his birthday, we received news of another tumor, similar to the first, but even more aggressive. The doctors at Wake Forest were quick to discuss treatments options with Chris that could extend his life or manifest a miracle. Never losing his determination to stay positive, keep fighting, and smile, smile, smile, our courageous Christian decided to participate in a medical trial to benefit cancer research. After taking the new medication, he experienced a series of seizures that put him back in the hospital. Despite this, Chris has kept trucking, staying focused on recovery and continuing to fight for his life. He is now spending time with our family in while practicing physical therapy and surrounding himself with love. He is the strongest person we know and he inspires us every day to not sweat the small stuff, to breathe, and to accept the things we cannot change.
Please send him love. Write him a note. Be inspired. Share that feeling and take it with you everywhere. Chris believes in the power of love and hope because that power is real… you aren't just imagining it.
We thank you with all our hearts,
Anne (Mother), Alan (Father), Nathan (brother), Keli (sister)