On September 2, Larry went in for an MRI to determine the cause of ongoing back and leg pain. The MRI revealed a suspicious mass and Larry was immediately admitted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo where a CT scan revealed a large tumor on his spine and another wrapped around his kidney. After much deliberation, a team of doctors removed the entire kidney and the tumor on Larry’s spine in a single, invasive surgery that involved rebuilding a portion of his spine with a titanium cage and a piece of one of his ribs. The surgery went well, but the diagnosis we feared was confirmed with a biopsy of the tumors. Larry has renal cell carcinoma, which originated in his kidney and moved to his spine. This is a rare and very aggressive form of cancer that often has no symptoms until it has metastasized. It does not respond to chemotherapy or radiation, but immunotherapy has shown some promising results.
In the coming weeks, doctors in Fargo and at the Mayo Clinic will help us develop a plan to fight this cancer. We are full of hope, grateful for your support, and ask that you continue to support Larry by praying for God to guide us (and the doctors) toward a path of healing.