Support Pours in for Windham Teen Diagnosed With Cancer
My name is Chuck DiPrima, my family and I live at 56 East Nashua Road in Windham, N.H.
I felt it necessary to thank the community of Windham, NH for the amazing support my 19 year old son CJay DiPrima has received after being diagnosed with cancer. Let me explain:
The Friday morning before Christmas, it was discovered via a CT scan at Lawrence General Hospital that my son CJay had a baseball size mass in his chest resulting in neck pain, issues swallowing and breathing issues. Shortly after this discovery and 3 separate biopsies at Mass General including a second opinion from the National Cancer Dept in Maryland, he was diagnosed with are rare form of lymphoma called "grey zone" lymphoma (stage 2). Since that time, he has received 3 rounds of chemo with a 4th upcoming. He is currently scheduled for 6 months of chemo with followup radiation thereafter.
As you can imagine, in the time since his initial diagnosis, we have been back in forth to Boston several times a week (spent most of the Christmas and NY holidays admitted in Mass General), he has lost ~15lbs, has started losing his hair and has gone through many different battles of emotions (yes he is scared). Honestly, this has been a very difficult ordeal for my entire family.
My main reason for telling you the above information is because my wife and I wanted to thank the community of Windham for their unbelievable support. In such a short amount of time, the following has occurred:
- Many cards containing well wishes and BH gas cards
- Daily meals by various individuals within Windham which are being delivered to my family all the way until March
- Trips to our house from Father Paul at St. Mathews to deliver communion and prayers of healing
- CJay was part of the first graduating class at Windham High School and part of the first Windham High School Jaguar football team that made it to the state finals last year. With that being the case and although he graduated last year, the Jaguar football team held a fund raiser at their recent football banquet
- The Windham Wolverines (mgmt) contributed to the Jaguar fund raiser and several groups have held other small separate fundraisers
- Members of the middle school cheerleaders are selling bracelets to show their support
As I mentioned above, this has been a terrible ordeal but we know his fight has and will be made much easier by the support and generosity of the community of Windham. Between family, friends and other individuals, there are just too many people to acknowledge individually. We are so fortunate to live in such a great community! As I have told CJay many times, this will be a battle but he will win the war and thanks to Windham NH, the war will be made easier to be victorious!
The DiPrima Family