October 7, 2018 Update:
It's been one year since we lost Will, but his memory lives on strong in so many ways. From an upcoming hockey tournament in his name, to planting an oak tree by his resting place, to at least two babies born bearing the middle name William in his honor, our friend and loved one is present not only in our thoughts, but in our actions. I know Will would be proud of how he is remembered, most often with a smile and having a good time in only the way that Will Strouse would want. Brittany's strength continues to be an inspiration and it's always touching to see and hear the ways that she and Will's family honor Will's memory and celebrate Will's life. So on this one year anniversary of Will's passing, we just wanted to recirculate this donation page, not for your money, but to continue to raise awareness, help with early detection, and hopefully bring an end to this disease--amazing developments in immunotherapy are brining us closer by the minute. Also remember to hug your loved ones and cherish each day we are here because tomorrow is never promised and every day is truly a gift.
Will Strouse was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, family member, and great friend to so many people. In December 2016 at just 34 years old, Will was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. After a hard-fought battle, Will unfortunately succumbed to this disease on October 7th 2017, less than one year from his diagnosis. Throughout this struggle Will maintained a positive attitude, faith in God, and a sense of humor that was nothing short of inspirational, as was the support and strength that Will’s amazing wife Brittany provided throughout this entire process.
As we are forced to say goodbye to our loved one, Will’s memory and legacy will live on in the many of us whose lives he’s touched. One way to pay tribute to Will’s legacy and honor his struggle in a way that we know he would be proud of is by raising awareness to help save a life through early detection of colon cancer. Colon cancer is experiencing a dramatic rise in young people (under 55 years old), but sadly the cause is largely unknown. Because testing isn’t yet recommended at earlier ages, detection is often in later stages, which are much harder to treat, as was the case with Will. Short of a cure, raising awareness of the possible signs of colon cancer and knowing the risk factors is probably the best way we can proactively combat this disease in the meantime.
Please take this opportunity to learn more about a problem that is increasingly impacting segments of our society for reasons the medical community cannot yet figure out. Donations in Will’s name via this website are greatly appreciated and will go towards research and awareness efforts, but donations aside, please take the time to educate yourself about colon cancer and what we can do to prevent it, fight it, and defeat it. There are numerous articles and studies available online, including through this site, that offer a variety of resources, statistics, risk factors, and symptoms, as well as the inspiring stories of those who suffer from this horrible disease.
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Finally, since this page was created in Will's honor, I'd like to let his own words serve as an introduction to the struggle that he and Brittany have faced since his diagnosis, taken from the 1st edition of Will’s periodic “Colon Cancer Chronicles.”
March 8th, 2017:
This past December, as a result of some abdominal discomfort I took a rare trip to the doctor. After a week of probiotics, then a week of antibiotics, a CT scan revealed the worst of potential causes. Cancer started in the colon, but we did not catch it early, and it had already spread to the liver, lungs, abdomen, and possibly bone.
After additional scans and a biopsy at Dana Farber in Boston, we've been receiving treatment at the UVM Medical Center in Vermont. We have a significant team assembled in Boston and Burlington (oncologists, surgeons, nurses, a dietitian, an herbalist) to help us battle on all fronts.
I believe the most significant and impactful action you can take is prayer. Those of you lapsed Catholics - here's your reason to stop in for a visit. Those of other another faith, your thoughts and prayers are certainly still greatly appreciated. I ask that you also keep Brittany in your prayers; there's a lot of work to be done and much of the burden falls on her shoulders.
The gift of faith has made this time significantly easier to endure. I am very thankful for good mental health. I am thankful for tolerance of treatment. I am thankful for remarkable support from everyone near and far. I am thankful to those of you I have been able to visit with; and look forward to seeing more friends and family in the days and months ahead. I am thankful to those who have sent along notes in the past weeks, and my apologies if I didn't send a direct response, but be assured your messages have been received and are greatly appreciated.
More to come -