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Chuck Shearer Leukemia Foundation

About Chuck

 

Chuck

Chuck Shearer

Chuck Shearer was a long-time resident of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where he lived with his wife (Dayna) and two sons (Andrew and Brandon).  He was a member of the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church.  Chuck also coached youth football with the King of Prussia Indians organization for several years. Working for 27 years at a local automotive parts retailer, Chuck became somewhat of a fixture in the town.  This allowed him to form countless relationships that lasted even after he left Pennsylvania for a ‘simpler’ life.

It was in 2006 that Chuck and Dayna made the decision to relocate to Myrtle Beach, SC, where they had hopes of living a much simpler and less stressful life.  He had dreams of someday opening his own motorcycle shop with his son Brandon.

Chuck was a genuinely great person.  He was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone in need. His compassion for others is reflected in the number of people who would rely on him in their time of need.  He was always a “go-to guy” when a friend needed support of any nature. His family and many friends loved him for his heart, positive attitude, work ethic, and consistent willingness to help others.

Chuck’s Leukemia Case

Chuck was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in October of 2008 after seeking treatment for what was thought, at the time, to be a possible case on pneumonia. By the time he was admitted to the hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)in Charleston, his Leukemia had already reached the Blast Crisis phase.  He had a bone marrow transplant in December, which ultimately forced the Leukemia into remission. However, due to complications associated with the treatment, he developed chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) of the liver, gut and colon along with Hemorrhagic Cystitis in his bladder and blood.  Chuck was also faced with the emergence of the BK virus, which further complicated his recovery, as the virus had a tendency to ‘feed’ on the medication that was being used to suppress the GVHD.

He received his treatment through prolonged hospitalization at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Ashley River Tower (ART) on Hematology/Oncology Service. Chuck required a cyctoscopy, irrigation, and finally bilateral nephrostomy tubes. The nephrostomy tubes were the primary cause of recurring infections and UTI’s, as well as severe nerve pain within his kidneys.

For one year, Chuck and his family stayed in Charleston, SC at the MUSC ART facility, as well as the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Charleston, where he stayed while receiving his outpatient treatments at the Hollings Cancer Center.

Chuck fought valiantly; with incredible courage and strength. The support and compassion that was showered upon him and his family throughout his turbulent battle made it important to him that he “pay it forward”.  Therefore, his family and friends have established the Chuck Shearer Leukemia Foundation. In his honor, as well as his memory, we carry on his intention.

Our goal is simply to help preserve the quality of life for those and their families who are faced with Cancer, one day at a time.


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