Feeling like I should be in one of those experimental tanks you see in sci-fi movies where they breed some clones or weird genetic creature. On Thursday night I was told to go to the ER after developing a fever, which is extra dangerous when you're on chemo. After some tests we discovered that my white blood cell counts were low. Today they said the white cell counts have come back after a boost from some neupogen. They still can't find the source of the fever though. Hopefully we'll find out more tomorrow or the fever will decide to break. #cancer
Former Transworld Snowboarding Managing Editor and Dew Tour Content Director Gerhard Gross is currently undergoing experimental treatment for stage 4 stomach cancer. Gross, who has long been an influential voice in the snowboard industry, has been battling for his life and now a GoFundme page has been set up to help support both his ongoing medical treatments and his family in their time of crisis.
Gross a former K2 Snowboards pro and recent father was given 12 months to live when diagnosed in December of 2016. Gross made immediate lifestyle changes and began aggressive treatments with a fierce determination and initially, had some positive results. But recent complications have hampered Goss’s progress and his cancer has unfortunately returned.
“Our hope now lies with a clinical trial,” wrote Crispin Cannon on the GoFundme page. “Gerhard is helping to test an immunotherapy that blocks the cancer’s pathways of communication and ability to spread. This treatment started November 15. The patient on the trial the longest so far has experienced durable results for over 17 months with no known side effects—results we hope to see for Gerhard too.”
Gross has been an intrical part of the snowboard media landscape over the last several years and the whole industry is thinking of him and his family in this time of hardship. Please consider contributing what you can to his GoFundMe page here.