Thanks to your continued support , I have been on the road for 78 days so far. I have slept on 17 "beds in as many locales. I have met with 20 old friends and 51 former students. I have at least 8 more cities and 15 more students to see before I even think about resting. Please keep helping and wish me luck!
Thanks to everyone who has supported David along his journey! He's gotten to visit with many former students and have several left to go. Thank you, happy holidays, and here's to a fabulous 2013!
Heidi Goldstein, longtime friend of David and librarian.
48 days and 12 cities into this trip and I am still going strong thanks to all of your continued support. Thank you all so much for being there for me throughout this entire endeavor. Please know that I love you all!
Your still needy friend, David
Thanks to your help, I'm just about set to leave Miami! From here, I will visit over 20 cities in the first four months! How much time I spend on the road and how many students I visit will be question of love. Yours for me and mine for them. I know my love is strong...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those of you who have given so selflessly to this project. I am proud to say that we are almost 40 percent there! With just a bit more love and financial support, this film can actually get made! This will be a film which will of course feature all of you! It is truly my hope that this documentary is internationally released and entered into several film festivals but for that to happen,more support is needed, so if you know of a way to help create exposure, ten by all means, let me know because I do not to be defined by what has happened to me, but rather by what I can still accomplish. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I promise to make you proud. Love, David.
There is no question that brain cancer has taken a devastating toll on my life by taking so much away, but with this journey that I am about to embark upon I am hoping to start a new chapter in my life, one that shows the world that no amount of loss equates an end to oneself unless we let it mean that. This is an acknowledgment that I refuse to make. With just a bit more financial help, we will be able to make a film that will hopefully help and inspire others to continue fighting their own disease, disability, despair, or loss. I would truly like to help in this way, but for it to be possible, I need your help. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your continued support.
Tonight t a t 8 o'clock all of the major networks are running s comedy special called "Stand Up to Cancer" that raises money for cancer research and funds for patients. Let me say this: The American Cancer Society is a massive organization that readily accepts money, but really does not like to share. Trust me, I've met their deaf ears on a series of request. Tonight they would like you to "stand up to cancer" by donating your money to the cause in exchange for the entertainment they will provide. Well, allow me to say something.
Six years ago I was diagnosed with brain cancer and given two months to live if I did not have emergency surgery. I had that surgery and later few more. Thirty rounds of radiation and over two years of chemotherapy followed that. As many of you will remember, I did this without much complaint and with few absences from school. Throughout this time I was weak, nauseous, grumpy, and ill. I spent six years "standing up to cancer" going from dying of it, to living with it. But now, I am sick of it. I am sick of trading in quality of life for quantity. Sure, he treatments may have bought me more time, but at what expense? Would you accept an extra year of life if you knew how you vomit at least once every day of it? What if you became partially crippled and mostly blind during that year?
So I think I have a better idea. Rather than "standing up to Cancer," help me walk out on it. I want to walk see, experience, and live, while I can. In order to do that, and stop being this, I need this journey that I have been planning. I am humbly asking for your financial help with this endeavor. I am ashamed to need it and ask for it, but if I do not do this now, when? So forgive me for the request, but please help. Go to my Vision Quest page to find out how.
Thank you kindly, your teacher, partner, confidante, relative, colleague, and friend, David Menasche
Thank you everyone for all of your continued love, support, encouraging words, and generosity. We're one third of the way there! I am so excited and thankful that words can not fully express my hope and gratitude. Please know that I love you all, David
As physical and occupational therapy are expensive and a difficult commute (especially on rainy days), I have taken it upon myself to do extra work on my own at home. My kids should like this:
The entire time I worked at Coral Reef High School, I put every heads up penny I found in my piggy bank on my shelves. I always joked that it was my retirement fund. Well I finally opened it and spilled out the lucky pennies. By using only my left hand to pick each one up individually and place it in the slot, I am redeveloping the necessary strength, dexterity, focus, and control needed to function semi-normally. By the way, there are 73 of them and my best time is 6 minutes 38 seconds, down from a 9 and a half-minute start time. If these pennies are truly lucky, then the days of being embarrassed by buttons and shoelaces are coming to an end!
m really beat. Yesterday was one of those days that I knew would serve as a test. Judging by how I feel this morning, I failed miserably. After an hour bus commute to Downtown Miami for an hour long Physical Therapy session where every muscle that is weak is focused on and tortured like it was the cause of the death of a childhood pet, I moved on to Occupational Therapy, which is apparently designed to humble and depress you into soreness. I was too tired at this point to serve over at Camillus House so after that it was a two and a half hour bus and train commute to Kendal chemotherapy for two hours of needles, poisons and, vomiting. Then, more buses and trains. Although it may sound like I'm complaining, I am proud to have survived it and feel good in the knowledge that I can and will do it again before my journey. Except next time I am determined to help the homeless at Camillus. They shouldn't continue to suffer just because I was being a wuss. No, I can be better than that which I am.
Let me begin by thanking everyone for the incredibly generous continued contributions you have made to this quest and for continuing to repost it so others may as well. Now, let me clarify my intentions. Having lost so much over this summer( vision, left side functionality, memories) all of which led to the loss of my capability to be effective in the classroom. This, in turn left me with an absence of purpose, After much soul searching, I decided to return to writing. But about what? It occurred to me that all of my best stories were based on my experiences with my kids over the last fifteen years. So I decided to return to writing with the intention if seeing as many of my kids as possible between here and the Pacific Ocean in order to get the next part of the story, their stories! Please know that although I would like to see the Pacific, that is not the point of this Vision Quest. The point is to find them and redefine me.
Later, my friends Heidi Goldstein and Toby Srebnik got together and created a Facebook page and youfundme account to finance the trip and hopefully cover the preproduction cost of a documentary film if the Quest. They also hoped that this way, I would not have to travel alone. Unfortunately, if the funding stays at thecurrent level there will not be enough to make the film this is too bad as it would have been something we all would have been in. But that's ok. I'm still going and I am still going to write about it all,you all, with hopes of publishing. there is still time until November 2 so there is still hope for the film and the travel partner. The truth is, that will be decided more so by you all and the others out there more than by me. Regardless, I'mhopeful and excited for the opportunity and I have you all to thank for that. Please know that i am truly grateful for you all and everything you've done. Love, David.
Thank you all for yourcontinuedcontributions! For those of you interested in following the story, please know that vision quest blog has been updated. I hope you find it worthy of your time and generocity. Thank you all again for everything you have done! Know that I love you all, David
The goal amount is to cover oreproduction cost if a documentary film. Oostproduction cost cone later. Your continued contribution to this endeavor is truly needed both by the film and, on a personal level, by me needed and completely appreciated. Thank you for your generosity. Love, David .
Thanks to all of your generosity and support, I was able to get what I consider the quintessential piece of equipment for this trip: my first very own computer. The one I had been using all of these years was a desktop I shared with Paula. This is my very first one and it's perfect! I got the 11inch MacBook Air. The only one light enough for me to carry and small enough for me to type on it right handed. Since the sales person was the sister of one of my students, I even got it with a teacher's discount! Now I will be able to communicate, post, navigate, and most important of all, write about all of our encounters and experiences! Thank you all so much for this. Please know that I love you all, David.
By the way, Paula disagrees about it being the most important item. She's a bit hung up on things like good shoes, a sleeping bag, a warm jacket"¦etc. Got to love her! Thanks again everybody.
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. This has far surpassed my original idea and become an entity of its own!
Thank you so much, everybody! You all get a gold star!
$4,000 in 24 hours! That is freaking amazing. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far and thanks to those will be donating. Please spread the good word around!
I would like to personally and lovingly thank you all for being so very supportive and generous toward this project. These funds are in no way for personal gain but rather the minimum seed money necessary for equipment, production, editing and distribution of a feature documentary of this sort.
As far as the objective goes, I would like to show people, particularly those who have struggled with significant loss, that despite this, there are still ways to give, live, and be happy. These people have existed for me. Those of you who are my students may remember Nancy Mairs and the profound and influential effect she has had on me. Just because I can no longer teach in a classroom, does not mean that I no longer have a function. I would truly like for this documentary to be a part of that. With this having been said, let me wholeheartedly thank all of you who have contributed to this endeavor.
Holy cows! Thank you so much everyone. This means the world to David aka Mr. Menasche. :)
Wow! Thanks so much, everybody! Keep sharing this info and let's get on up there!
For the last fifteen years, David Menasche has been an educator, touching the lives of thousands of students. Despite the fact that he has been battling brain cancer for the past six years, he has continued to work diligently to instill within his students a love of learning, life, and themselves. Unfortunately, his condition has worsened, causing him to lose most functionality on the left side of his body, as well as almost all of his vision. This has caused him great anxiety, as he is no longer able to perform the service that has given him so much joy and fulfillment. So he has decided to set out on a vision quest. He hopes to travel by rail, bus, and stranger in hopes of finding a new purpose and meaning for his life. His intention is to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. With enough funding, we are hoping to create a documentary of this journey.
**For those curious to whom this money is actually going right now, even though it says it is going to ME, it is really going straight to David. For those who don't know me, I've known David almost all of my life. He was my first boyfriend. We went through Nova Middle and Nova High together. We have remained friends for all of these years and I have great love and respect for both David and Paula. Thanks for all the donations!