Franz Gunter Graef

Fundraising Goal:  $1,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 14
Total Value of Gifts: $835.00

Recent Donors

Michael Graef

Jennifer and Grant Lee

Perrelle Family

George Meyer and Gregory Vogel

Ernie & Cindy Freeman

The Larkins

The Corral Family

Jeff Brandvold & Michael Curtis

Gayle Knapp

Putzmeister America, Inc.

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On March 10th, 2014, Frank was diagnosed with duodenum cancer. He was told that in order to enhance his life expectancy that he would need to undergo an intensive in-patient procedure called ‘the whipple procedure.'

On April 16th, 2014, Frank underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove the tumor that was found. Frank was remarkable-The surgery was so challenging, but after 24 hours- he still managed to act like his old self.

A month after Frank’s ‘whipple procedure,’ he started chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, with the third round of chemotherapy, the treatments took a toll on his physical state. On July 31st, 2014, Frank was taken to the emergency room and given a CT scan to determine whether the cancer had spread. Almost four months after his intensive surgery, the CT scan found that the cancer came back with a vengeance and had metastasized to his pancreas, stomach and liver. After the CT scan was performed, the doctors’ prognosis for Frank was not bright- he was given roughly 1-2 weeks to live his life.

Frank had three wishes before he passed. His first wish was to see his son, Adam, get married. His second wish was to hear the headers on his beloved Oldsmobile 442 and his third wish was to be surrounded by his family and friends.

Due to the immense amount of love for Frank, all three of his wishes were granted. On August 12th, 2014, Adam married Chelsea in Frank’s hospital room at Kaiser Permanente. On August 14th, 2014, Frank was discharged from the hospital to be greeted upon arrival by the headers on his prized Oldsmobile 442 and on August 18th, 2014, Frank lost his battle with duodenum cancer, but was surrounded by family and friends in his days before his passing.

Frank was a dedicated husband, proud father, doting brother and remarkable son. He was an amazing man, with amazing talent and a shining, irrepressible spirit and though he is gone, he will always keep shining. His infectious smile, distinctive thumbs up and sense of humor could instantly make anyone feel better. Even during his roughest days with dueodenem cancer, he still had a knack for cracking jokes and lighting up the room with his smile and while the disease may have taken him, it never beat him.