Shane Goodvin had just bought a house with wife Laura Major when he started experiencing severe back pain. That led to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and the father of five children is now in rough shape. (Submitted photos)

Shane Goodvin had just bought a house with wife Laura Major when he started experiencing severe back pain. That led to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and the father of five children is now in rough shape. (Submitted photos)

GoFundMe set up for Chilliwack man fighting pancreatic cancer

Shane Goodvin has five children and a loving wife, and he’s worried about their future

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help a Chilliwack man in his fight with cancer.

Shane Goodvin is married to Laura Major and together they have five children between the ages of five and 18.

Shane was hospitalized for four days in October due to severe back pain, and three weeks later he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

He dove into treatment determined to fight and win, but the first round of radiation left the 47 year old paralyzed. He can’t continue with radiation or chemotherapy because his body can’t tolerate either, so his only hope is treatment through the Integrated Health Clinic in Langley.

The primary treatment Shane is pursuing is called Loco Regional Hyperthermia (LRHT), which according to the clinic’s website “employs a modulated electric field to selectively deliver a controlled energy dose to a localized treatment area.”

The cost is $6,000 to $8,000 per cycle and his first appointment is Dec. 9.

“In September, Shane was a thriving, working, loving father and spouse and by October he was wheelchair bound and relying on others for his day-to-day activities,” said family friend Tiffany Kosmas, who has known Shane and Laura for 20 years and set up the GoFundMe page. “This has been devastating for him and his whole family and he worries for his health and how to take care of them.”

Shane and Laura bought a house in Chilliwack just two months ago. Tiffany said Laura is working full time, taking care of the children and going to the hospital every night once the kids are in bed.

“She is exhausting herself and the last thing that she needs right now is to be worrying about how to pay for treatments, mortgage payments, trips back and forth to the hospital and Christmas gifts,” she said. “They are both amazing parents and even more they are just wonderful people. Neither of them has ever hesitated to help anyone in need. Now it’s them who needs the help.

“My hope is that the help that you can give this deserving family a Christmas miracle.”

As of Wednesday morning, 35 donors had contributed $3,695 towards a goal of $25,000.

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