Devin Treaster Fundraiser Announced

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UPDATE: After months of feeling unwell, treatments since February and an initial negative cancer diagnosis; on July 25th, earth-shattering news forever changed the lives of Devin, his wife Kelsey and their two little ones, Avery (8) & Easton (4)—Devin was diagnosed with cancer of the vocal cords. While his overwhelming diagnosis was met with fear, worry and disbelief; it was followed by HOPE, LOVE, FAITH and DETERMINATION! Devin is a very proud life-long Beloit resident! After meeting with his oncologist, he was given updated treatment options, one of which was a possible partial Laryngectomy, feeling this was the best option, he was sent to KU MED to meet with Dr. Bur to see if he was a candidate. Fortunately, he was a candidate, surgery was preformed and he came home on August 27th!! With this treatment plan, Devin will have major limitations, but is able to avoid radiation. He will travel back to KU MED in 2 weeks and then will be closely monitored for the next couple of years with 6 week check-ups. He will also need to meet with a GI from KU MED to address his esophageal achalasia, which is thought to be the cause of his cancer. Devin would like to express his sincere gratitude to those who have sent cards and texts, and for all the prayers and support that was offered to him and his family as he faced his diagnosis and to the persistence of his medical team.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.