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On Saturday, September 1, 2012, Derek was hospitalized for what the doctor’s thought was pancreatitis. On Sunday the doctors moved Derek to the Oncology ward at UMC because they found a mass in his right lung. As the days went on and more tests were conducted, doctors informed Derek and his family that he had Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), Stage 4. As tests were conducted to determine the extent, the bad news kept coming…the cancer had metastasized through Derek’s lymphatic system to his adrenal glands, bones, and brain. As we move through this difficult diagnosis and treatment, this website will provide updates on Derek’s progress and his family.  As well, this will serve as the central place for people to receive information about ongoing fundraising efforts, sign-up to take them a meal, provide comments/prayers/support, and make donations to Derek’s donation account at Wells Fargo.  Thank you so much to a fellow medical school student for donating his time to develop this website so that we could share our story with you!!