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Cancer- one word that can change a family’s life forever. Unfortunately, this single word has impacted yet another family in the EVW community.

On Aug.1 Craig Eder called his wife Stephanie Eder to inform her that he was in unbearable pain while coming home from work in North Dakota. When he got home, Stephanie brought him to the ER.  Because of the severe stomach cramps, the doctor ran a CT scan and saw a bowel obstruction or a “mass.” The doctor then scheduled Eder for a colonoscopy Aug. 3.

Eder was sent home with an antinausea medication, but began throwing up once he arrived at home.

Craig Eder (right) was diagnosed with colon cancer. A benefit was held to assist the family at Dino’s on November 11.

Stephanie brought him back to the hospital.  Eder was admitted, and the doctors placed a NG tube to pump out his stomach. The doctor decided to push the colonoscopy up to the next day.

Following the colonoscopy, the endoscopy specialist took a biopsy of the mass. The Eder family received heartbreaking news; Craig had colon cancer.

A surgeon then came in to discuss the next step-surgery. The surgeon scheduled Craig’s surgery for the following day. The surgery would consist of removing Eder’s colon and the lymph nodes surrounding the colon. Once they removed the mass, the hope was to reattach the colon.

The surgery went as planned, and doctors were able to reattach the colon and remove the mass. Unfortunately the surrounding lymph nodes showed signs of cancer, and Craig was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and would need chemo. Three days after surgery, Eder was able to return home.

Sadly, this is not the end of the story.  Eder takes oral chemo pills for three weeks, then gets Oxaliplatin which is an IV chemo medication once every three weeks, and the days he gets the Oxaliplatin he also starts taking Zolota, four pills twice a day for 14 days. He then gets a break for a week, but once that week break is done he starts the whole process again. This rigorous cycle will go on for six months.

Since Eder has been diagnosed the Eder family has felt both an emotional and financial deficit. “It has impacted my wife and I more than it has the kids,” Eder said.

“The kids don’t quite get what’s wrong. They know he’s sick but they just think that dad has a boo boo,” Stephanie said.

Finances have also taken a toll. Eder explained, “I have six months to work and I lost three months of it,” Eder said. He is planning on being able to go back to work in the spring.

Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club hosted a benefit for Craig and his family on November 11.  At the benefit there was a silent auction, 50/50 raffles, a chicken dinner buffet, and music by Crimson Edge Band. The benefit went from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets were available at Jack’s of Watkins, Jack’s of Eden Valley, New Reflections in Watkins, Dino’s, and Ugly’s in Eden Valley.

There are other ways to show the Eder family support. There is a meal train set up to help the family so they don’t have to make dinner after a long day.  A GoFundMe page has also been set up, and an account at the Farmers State Bank in Watkins and the Star Bank in Annandale is set up for donations to support the Eder family.

“We would just like to thank the community. Thank you to everyone who has sent a card, made a meal and dropped it off, or prayed for us. It’s so appreciated,”  the Eders said.

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