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DDSS teacher begins treatment in Atlanta

Monte Sonnenberg

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

DDSS teacher Dave Lane gives the thumbs up as he begins treatment for an aggressive form of esophageal cancer at a clinic in Atlanta. The “Team Lane” fundraising drive has been a success so far, with more events planned to get the popular teacher the best help available. (Contributed Photo)

DDSS teacher Dave Lane gives the thumbs up as he begins treatment for an aggressive form of esophageal cancer at a clinic in Atlanta. The “Team Lane” fundraising drive has been a success so far, with more events planned to get the popular teacher the best help available. (Contributed Photo)

DELHI - 

A Delhi teacher is waging the fight of his life at a cancer clinic in Atlanta.

 

A generous community has helped Dave Lane, a teacher at Delhi District Secondary School, raise the $50,000 needed for treatment in the United States that isn’t available in Canada.

The first step is to fortify Lane’s immune system. He has begun with a daily regimen of injections and IV’s that will increase his count of killer and T-cells.

“Treatment generally results in pounding headaches and stomach pains, causing Lane to have difficulty eating and leaving him at a reduced weight of 192 pounds,” Lauren Harrington, media contact for “Team Lane,” said in a news release. “An increased treatment load will be initiated in the near future. Lane expressed confidence that the treatment is working.”

Lane has been a teacher at DDSS for 13 years. He is a long-time member of the Raiders football team coaching staff. In late August, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of esophageal cancer. The survival rate for the cancer is 30% over two years and 3% over five years.

The community punched Lane’s ticket to Atlanta during a “Beat the Odds” fundraiser at the Simcoe Legion Sept. 20. Several local bands provided free entertainment while a silent auction was held featuring items donated by local businesses and individuals. The night was a success, with $45,250 collected.

“It was amazing to see all of our friends and community members rally together and support my battle against cancer,” Lane said in a statement. “(It) shows what is possible when love brings a community together.”

Additional “Team Lane” fundraising initiatives are planned in the days ahead.

These include a tournament Oct. 4 at the Delhi Golf & Country Club. Those interested in participating are encouraged to call the club at 519-582-0870 or the pro shop at 519-582-1621.

Also on Oct. 4, the Kia dealership in Port Dover will hold a charity car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be opportunities to support the cause during the Friday Night Lights football game at DDSS Oct. 10. Providing the competition is the Holy Trinity Titans.

Cash donations can also be made at the Royal Bank of Canada. They should be directed to the account of Dave Lane in the names of Mark Stephens and Brad Schott.

“The Dave Lane Trust Fund is in the final stages, and all monies will be transferred to this account upon completion,” Harrington says.

Those interested in following Lane’s quest for a cure can do so by searching “Fundraiser for Dave Lane” on Facebook.

To date, a GoFundMe fundraiser for the Lane family has raised more than $56,000. 

Monte Sonnenberg

519-426-3528 ext. 150

monte.sonnenberg@sunmedia.ca

twitter.com/montereformer 


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