Photo provided by Casey Nelson
Tim and Casey Nelson celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary.
Tim Nelson spent several years teaching high school students to be strong-minded, strong-willed, and strong on the gridiron when he coached football for Marquette Catholic High School and Dupo High School.
Little did he know the life lessons he taught his players would benefit his own life in an unexpected way. In September 2013, Nelson was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and found himself in a fight of his own — the fight to survive. On May 2, as Tim and his wife, Casey, were preparing to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary, tests revealed 10 nodules on Tim’s lungs. The cancer had spread: a new challenge faced, a new fight accepted.
“As you hear with most people who battle cancer, they have good days and bad days ... Tim does too, but he’s really positive,” said Emy Nelson, Nelson’s sister-in-law. “He is finished with his radiation, but still has chemo three days in a row, every two weeks.”
In light of the new developments, Nelson’s friends and family have come together for a benefit to help cover medical expenses for the Nelson family as Tim battles through treatments. The benefit will take place at Goettens Oasis in Carrollton from noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, July 26.
The event will feature silent auctions, a 50/50 prize, raffle tickets, games, and a chance to win a new John Deere lawn tractor with a yard cart full of lawn tools. A pulled pork dinner with sides and live music during the day with a DJ to close the evening will provide entertainment and community togetherness to help support the Nelsons.
“People have been so amazing; I know Tim feels so overwhelmed and surprised that so many people truly care the way they do,” Casey Nelson said. “People we don’t even know have bought shirts to help show support, mowed the lawn, brought dinner by on the days Tim has his chemo treatments ... it’s really been surprising. They just saw our story online.”
Since Tim began radiation and chemo for the nodules in his lungs, it appears the treatments are helping and the nodules are shrinking.
“We had some good news,” Casey Nelson said. “One nodule was around 9 millimeters and had shrunk down to about 3 millimeters ... we are so thankful. And he’s handling the treatments well — tired of course, but he’s doing good.”
To contribute to the Nellystrong benefit in support of Tim Nelson, contact Emy Nelson at (618) 535-4304 or LeAnn Kadell at (618) 535-0624. You can also visit the Nellystrong page on Facebook and make a donation through PayPal.