Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Derek has recently had symptoms that led us to find that he had a tumor on his cervical spine. He is having surgery to resect the tumor and have reconstruction of his cervical spine on Tuesday March 14, 2017. Derek is having surgery at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison WI. Please keep in mind hat his birthday is March 15 and he will be turning 16! Please feel free to leave a birthday message!!