Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In Loving Memory of Daniel J. Canary

My brother Kevin put together this picture of Dan with the quote from Dan's memorial card. Thought I'd share this with everyone who isn't in the Facebook network. We will always miss and love you Dan.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Daniel Canary Funeral Services

Dan's funeral services are as follows:

Wednesday June 3rd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Burke Funeral Home
628 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY
*Parking available behind building or on street

Obituary will be in the Saratogian & Post Star on Wednesday (Also and

Thursday June 4th at 9:30am
St. Clement's Church
231 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs NY
*Burial following the service

A celebration of Dan's life will be at the Knights of Columbus following the burial.
Knights of Columbus
50 Pine Rd
Saratoga Springs NY
(Approximate time 12:30pm to 3:00pm)


Friday, May 22, 2009

Dan Updates 05/21/09

Today Dan had his first dose of radiation treatment. It was pretty quick and painless taking about 15-20min. For comparison, it took almost an hour and a half when Dan had the full body radiation before at Dana Farber. So far no real adverse effects from the radiation though, but side effects are expected by probably next week. At the moment he has the usual headaches, fatigue and coughing bouts. Unfortunately he has more double vision again, but we know thats caused by his last high dose chemo regimen and should go away again in a couple weeks.

Since Dan's radiation therapy runs Monday through Fridays and Radiation Oncology is closed for Memorial Day, we'll be heading back home again tomorrow (Friday) for the weekend. As always, let us know if you have any questions.

Dan Updates 05/14/09

On Tuesday Dan had his radiation simulation. They lined up where he'll be radiated and gave him three small tattoos to help line up his future radiation treatments. Dan also had some routine blood-work that showed his red cells were very low. Actually, he was at a point where they were surprised he was even up and around walking. They gave him two liters of red cells and some fluids before letting him leave.

Wednesday morning we met with Dans doctors. His counts were much better and in general he was feeling a little better overall...but still not great. As far as the "current plan" goes, Dan will get a scan of his chest and start receiving the radiation therapy by the end of next week or so. This will be a long process as he will be receiving radiation on a daily basis for thirty days straight. Some side effects will include burns at the site, swelling of his esophagus, difficulty swallowing/eating, and damage to the top of his lungs. After this radiation treatment, the next tentative course of action planned will be to go to Boston for a Donor Lymphocyte Infusion (DLI). The DLI is where Dan will receive more stem cells from his original donor. This procedure will not be as evasive as his original Allo stem cell transplant, but it'll still be uncomfortable though and have risks of Graft Versus Host (GVH) disease (where his immune system rejects his body). In general it "should" be a shorter prep and recovery time for Dan.

Besides that, Dan gave one of his nurses and his doctor a left over t-shirt from the benefit. Soon after, all the nurses and doctors from the outpatient oncology/hematology clinic were asking for shirts. Thankfully I had the box of left over shirts in my Jeep so I brought in a bunch more. Even after the second batch of shirts, more nurses and docs came looking for them. I brought in another stack and this time Dan's nurses took them and said they'd collect donations for all the shirts. By the time we left the office, a good twenty nurses/doctors were wearing the Dan Canary Keep Fighting t-shirts. We both have to admit it was pretty awesome having them all walking around with the shirts on.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dan Updates 05/11/09

First I want to give a big thank you to everyone who was able to make it to Dan's Cancer Benefit Dinner on Saturday. We had an outstanding turnout of friends, family, and the community that not only showed Dan all of our continued support through his fight with cancer, but also helped raise almost $9,000! That will be a big help towards his medical bills and living expenses while he's receiving treatments. A special thanks to Dan's awesome cousins Becky, Carol, and Kelley. They planned the majority of the benefit, gathered tons of donations from all over the capital region, and rallied family & friends together to help make this one truly amazing event.

Dan and I made it back to the Hope Lodge in Vermont late last night. This morning we headed over to Fletcher Allen's outpatient Oncology/Hematology clinic for Dan's appointment. They drew blood and gave him some fluids and his neupogen shot. The results of his blood-work showed a decrease in his white cell count/neutrophils and low platelets...though he ended up not needing any transfusions today.

Tomorrow Dan has an appointment with his Radiation Oncologist where he will undergo some simulations of radiation therapy. This will be much different then the full body radiation he received back in December at Dana Farber before his stem cell/bone marrow transplant. This radiation therapy will consist of pinpoint radiation directly at the mass. There is no set schedule as to when Dan will be starting the radiation, but it is something they plan on doing after the mass has shrunk to a certain size.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Dan Updates 05/04/09

We finally made it back to Hope Lodge last night. This morning we went to Dan's outpatient oncology clinic appointment. His blood work looked good and his white counts seem steady at the moment, but they are sure to drop substantially in the next few days. He'll have follow up appointments daily this week at the clinic. Dan also went to his Opthamologist this morning. Unfortunately some of the side effects of his chemo took place in the waiting room and he threw up a few times. Good news though, Dan's double vision problems are completely gone! He no longer see double of everything. Dan does have some blurry vision, but that is another side effect of this chemo regimen and should go away in the next couple of weeks.

Dan Updates 05/02/09

So the side effects of this chemo regimen have already started unfortunately. At the moment he is starting to get more of those painful mouth sores, headaches, and some slightly blurry vision (unrelated to the double vision). Though on a good note, Dan's double vision has gotten much better and will hopefully continue getting better!

Besides that, Dan's friends Tiffany and Nick came up for a good portion of yesterday. It was really nice having visitors...I don't think either of us have laughed that much in a long time haha. Dan and I will be here in VT for quite a few weeks between the hospital/hope lodge and will hopefully be back for the benefit. In the meantime, visitors are always welcome as long as you are not swine flu please! Anyway, this evening they will be starting the 24 hour chemo infusion so Dan and I should be able to make it back to the Hope Lodge by tomorrow night or Monday morning at the latest. We are both looking forward to getting back to the Hope Lodge soon.