Family and friends aim to help Fort Langley target shooter and kayaker fight cancer – Aldergrove Star
Fort Langley’s Colton Muench was an active athlete with a strong work ethic who competed in two very different sports.
He spent six to eight hours a week at the Langley Rod and Gun Club, of which he was a member, practicing target shooting, then training twice a day, six days a week, kayaking, both on the water and cross country. -training.
His efforts paid off with five gold medals in sprint kayaking at the 2010 BC Summer Games held in the Township of Langley and a silver medal at the national championships.
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At the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, in target shooting competition, Vancouver’s Muench and Dominic Chan narrowly missed out on the podium.
The British Columbia duo placed fourth with 1,052 points, just four points off the podium.
Muench remained an active kayaker and fisherman until he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in January 2021.
His sister, Raven, described it as “a shocking diagnosis for someone so young, 27, living a healthy, active, smoke-free lifestyle.”
Within weeks, a PET scan showed that the cancer had metastasized to her hips, sternum, ribs and lymph nodes.
“The doctor gave him six months to live,” Rven recalled.
A year later, multiple aggressive treatments prolonged his life, but prevented Muench from working.
Now Raven has said the family hopes drug treatment not covered by BC Medicine or the Cancer Society might help, and has launched a GoFundMe “Help Colton Muench Fight Lung Cancer” campaign. to raise $60,000 to cover the costs.
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Trastuzumab-anns (brand name Kanjinti) is a “biologic” drug that was approved for other types of cancer by the US FDA in 2019, but has also shown promise in treating lung cancers.
Organized by her mother-in-law, Birgitt Findler-Sanders, the campaign raised $24,000 on Monday.
An update from Findler-Sanders said Colton had his first round of the new drug on Friday, February 25.
“It was a busy day for him,” Findler-Sanders said. “He spent four hours in Surrey receiving the new treatment and then traveled to Vancouver to receive his usual three and a half hour chemotherapy treatment.”
“We really hope and pray this helps,” Findler-Sanders said.
She added that Colton and his wife Malena “are overwhelmed with everyone’s support and want to say thank you from the bottom of their hearts.”
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