MAPLETON, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Serving in the military was the only thing that Dallas Fadely had ever dreamed of, but sadly that dream was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2013.
“They (doctors) called it myoepithelial carcinoma,” said Dallas Fadely, who joined the Army 2010. “It was in my neck here. They removed the tumor and I went through radiation.”
After radiation, Dallas thought his battle with cancer was coming to an end, but realized he had to gear up for another fight in 2015.
“I got out of the army and it came back last year and I went through chemo therapy,” said Dallas. This time they changed the name of the cancer to spindle cell sarcoma. It’s very similar but super rare.”
Dallas, who lives in Idaho with his wife Felisha and their two sons, travels back and forth to Salt Lake City to receive treatments at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.
“It was kind of scary because we were pregnant with him (Dax) and so we were just trying to figure out what was going to happen in the next little while, and especially with kids, it’s a little harder to figure out life,” Felisha told Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson.
“Seeing him when he was going through the chemo, he would come home and be so sick, and there was nothing I could do,” said Mya Fadely, Dallas’ mother.
“That’s hard as a mom because I want to fix it,” Mya added.
The journey from when Dallas was first diagnosed to where we are now in 2016, has been tough. One of the hardest things his father says he’s had to watch Dallas go through is being able to support his family.
“He takes a lot of pride in his family and being a father. Every time he would get on a path, whether it be school or a job, where he’s doing good and things are starting to go in his direction, he would have to get off the path because he would find a lump and it would start the entire process over,” said “Kevin Fadely, Dallas’ father.
“I wish we were in a better place where we could help more,” explained Mya.
Help is where Operation Bald Eagle, a Non-Profit Charitable corporation that gives back to the men and women who put their lives on the line for this country everyday, comes in. The operation provides services throughout the year that gives back to Military, Police and Fire personnel along with their immediate families, in the same manner they sacrifice for civilians.
Operation Bald Eagle was established in 2009 by Jeffrey Mitchell.
“I started it seven years ago with my life savings a way to give back to military families and it’s by far been the most rewarding thing i’ve ever done in my life,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell, along with the Orem and Mapleton police and fire departments, surprised Dallas and his wife Felisha on Thanksgiving Day with a plethora of items. Dallas and Felisha drove to Mapleton from Idaho thinking they were just going to have dinner and take family pictures. Little did they know, they would begin their day riding in a limo with a full police escort from their hotel in Orem to be with their family in Mapleton.
“I think overall it’s just humbling. It’s cool to see the support that any military family gets but when it’s your own it’s really special,” said Dallas.
Operation Bald Eagle knows it can’t rid Dallas of his cancer, but they can help with the financial burden as well as everyday essentials.
“We presented a check for $1,776, based on the year when our most patriotic members of our country sacrificed for it,” said “mitchell…”We’re also going to pay for their rent for the next six months to help them through that process.”
“To see all of this for my son is very humbling,” said Kevin.
Operation Bald Eagle is always looking for volunteers. If you want to help, or if you know a family that deserves to be honored, click here.