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Nearly two years of amazing Team Nels support!….Thanks to you!!!

Your support is amazing! Thank you!

On October 7th, 2014, Nels Moulton suffered a severe brain bleed on the right side of his brain, and a small bleed on the left. He lost use of his right side. On October 17, Nels was transferred to a sub acute rehab unit (SAU) in Seattle for the first stage of intense physical and speech therapy.

On November 4, after another “stroke like event”, Nels was transferred to a Seattle hospital where testing revealed a tumor in his brain. Surgery successfully removed the large tumor but the 2 small ones were declared inoperable Post surgery, Nels regained more mobility and use of his right side.  Further diagnostic testing revealed the cause of the tumors as metastatic melanoma.

On Thursday, November 21, Nels underwent gamma knife radiation surgery on the brain tumors and area where the larger tumor was removed.  In February 2015, he began immunotherapy in an accelerated access trial through SCCA (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance) as well as pursuing naturopathic, dietary and complimentary treatments.

Over the summer, Cathy and Nels made the difficult decision to move from their island home of 15 years to the Seattle area to be closer to medical treatment and relieve excess travel time and additional housing costs. A new school was found for their son as well.

The treatment process and associated side effects have had their ups and downs. In July, the SCCA and UW teams confirmed that the immunotherapy (and complimentary treatments) are doing what they are designed to do. The lung tumor has shrunk by a significant margin and the brain tumors are currently stable.

We are now in the 2nd year of the recovery process and learning how to "live with Cancer". The immunotherapy treatments will continue every two weeks until there is no evidence of disease. Supplemental treatments that specifically address impacts in other areas will continue.  Now that Nels is strong enough, a full immersion into rehab therapies (speech, physical, occupational, and vocational) will be the main focus in the 2nd year on the road to recovery.

The time table is long and the impact is great. Airlifted to Bellingham, later transferred to Seattle, 2 surgeries, treatment for melanoma and now continuing exhaustive rehabilitation, Nels is far from finished on his road to recovery. Rehabilitation for his brain injury and physical limitations as well as immunotherapy, body scans and other elements of care will require maintenance for the rest of his life. 

On October 19, 2002, Cathy and Nels said "ya sure you betcha" in front of their closest family and friends. "In sickness and in health, and in good times and bad." No one wants those hard times to arrive, but Nels is taking this on in the same honest, determined, hard-working and kind-hearted way he has approached every aspect of his life. But he can’t do it alone. Thankfully – an amazing team of family, friends, supporters as well as anonymous individuals have all played an amazing part on the road to recovery this past year.  Everyone on “Team Nels” is determined to work towards a complete rehabilitation and remission.

You can help Nels, Cathy, and their son Trevor (age 12) by joining their support community. Funds raised will cover medical costs and treatments not covered by insurance, caregiver respite, counseling for Cathy and Trevor, physical, speech, vocational and occupational therapies, and lost wages.

There are many ways you can give:

Online via this Give Forward fundraiser
• Check (Payable to Cathy Faulkner PO Box 15130 Seattle, WA 98115-0130)                                                  

• Via Paypal (   

• email to offer help with a task, meal, etc.


Thank you so much for joining us. With you on board, Cathy, Nels and Trevor are confident that they can overcome these obstacles. As Nels puts it, "Look like heck, get on deck!".

About this terrific family: Nels is an America's Cup Sailor, harbormaster extraordinaire, electrician, uber handman and most recently owned and operated Salish Electric. Nels brings calm and magic to any situation. He is an amazing father, loving husband and wonderful friend. Nels' wife Cathy Faulkner, in addition to stepping up to manage Nels’ care, is a business owner, uber volunteer, assists her family with their ongoing medical needs and runs Cathy Faulkner Voiceovers.  Known as "The Late" Cathy Faulkner in her KISW radio days, Cathy experienced the unexpected on a daily basis. To this day, she never hesitates to bring her organizational, creative and crisis management skills to any challenge or to simply help out a friend. Cathy and Nels' son Trevor is currently in seventh grade and acclimating well in his new school and surroundings.

Together, they sincerely thank you for joining their support community. Your support means so much!

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