“Dancing With the Stars” pro-turned-judge Derek Hough has made an impassioned plea to his followers — and so they responded with an outpouring of help.
Here is what is occurring and how one can assist:
One of Derek’s Stagehands Just Found Out He Has Stage 4 Cancer
On Derek’s Instagram tales, the skilled dancer revealed that one of many stagehands who has been engaged on his Las Vegas residency show simply discovered that he has stage 4 most cancers. The man’s identify is Brian Julien. Derek doesn’t get into particulars about what sort of most cancers it’s, however stage 4 is the ultimate stage. It means the most cancers is spreading to different organs or elements of the physique, in response to Cancer.web.
Derek stated in his emotional video:
Hey, everyone. I simply wish to share a narrative with you all. One of our stagehands right here at our show in Las Vegas sadly bought the horrible information that he has stage 4 most cancers — and he has nonetheless confirmed as much as work daily with a smile on his face and it is a robust time.
Derek went on to say that Brian is “essentially the most stunning spirit, stunning soul” and he wants assist proper now.
Derek Pledged to Match Whatever is Donated
Derek then linked to a GoFundMe web page for Brian and pledged to match no matter is raised there together with his personal cash.
“If you’ll be able to, in the event you really feel it, then please donate in the event you can and I’ll match no matter is raised to assist our man, Brian … I respect all you guys’ love and simply all the time following us on this journey and hopefully we can assist out of our boy Brian,” stated Derek.
On the GoFundMe web page, Brian’s spouse Abbie wrote that they wish to assist Brian “develop into a most cancers survivor and never one in every of its victims.”
It additionally stated that Brian shares his birthday together with his 13-year-old son, Caleb and that this yr on their birthday, they discovered about Brian’s most cancers.
The web site additionally detailed what Brian is at present going through:
Brian is proscribed to what he can do for work, and with each delay, the most cancers is rising and spreading. We try to lift cash to bypass these pointless hurdles and assist to cowl the upcoming medical bills. Once the surgical procedure is accomplished, he’ll nonetheless have months of restoration and ongoing remedies. This added stress makes it more durable to remain optimistic, which is required to beat this illness. The world wants Brian to be wholesome so he can proceed serving to others and spreading love and kindness.
“Everything that’s acquired is a blessing, and we thanks prematurely. Please hold Brian and his household in your prayers, and thanks a lot,” the web page reads.
It Only Took a Few Hours to Meet the $10,000 Goal
In a follow-up video, Derek was preventing again tears as he thanked his followers for his or her generosity as a result of it solely took a number of hours to succeed in the GoFundMe objective.
“I simply wish to say thanks a lot from the underside of my coronary heart,” stated Derek. “Just a number of hours in the past, we posted about Brian, our stagehand, who has stage 4 most cancers. He simply discovered. And he has a GoFundMe web page and solely inside a number of hours, due to you, due to your generosity, due to your grace, he has reached that $10,000 and I’m going to match that $10,000, however hold donating in the event you can. Keep giving. I do know it is a very costly and a really tough factor to battle and he’s only a stunning soul, so form.”
Derek then turned very choked up saying that he spoke with Brian after what was his final show engaged on the residency and Brian was “overwhelmed” with the “love” and “generosity.”
“Thank you, thanks a lot,” Derek stated to finish the video. “Brian, we love you, brother. Tonight was your final show, however we’re gonna see you quickly. Love you, man.”
As of this writing, the GoFundMe web page has nearly doubled its objective. It sits at just below $20,000. In the feedback, Abbie thanked Derek and all of his followers, writing, “Our SINCEREST THANKS exit to a tremendous, form and caring man, DEREK HOUGH, and ALL OF HIS AMAZING FANS which have been so extremely form! I wish to thank every one in every of you from the underside our my coronary heart on your unbelievable items!”
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its thirty first season in fall 2022 on Disney Plus.