Help Joshua Lipana Fight Cancer

 
Raised: $42,457.00
Goal: $50,000.00
 
 
 

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In June 2012, twenty-year-old Joshua Lipana was diagnosed with T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a 5-inch-by-2-inch tumor in his chest. After seven months of intensive chemotherapy, CT s... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Craig Biddle 11 months ago

I’m sorry to report that Joshua died yesterday after a heroic, nine-month battle against cancer.

Although our efforts did not save him, they did lighten his burden as he fought this killer, and they let him know that he was loved by many, which made a huge difference to him in his final days. Thank you all for your generous contributions to his battle. You helped Joshua and his family not only financially but also spiritually.

As I wrote on my Facebook page, Joshua was barely at the beginning of what should have been a 60-year career and a long life, yet he had already accomplished more intellectually than most people do in a lifetime. I'm fortunate to have known him—and we're all fortunate to have his example to live by.

Live fully and boldly. That's what to take from this. That is Joshua's legacy.

 
 
 

Updated posted by Craig Biddle 12 months ago

**UPDATE**

I spoke with Joshua yesterday, and there is some good news. He’s has had three sessions of chemotherapy in the past several days, and his doctors say the treatments have killed a substantial amount of the leukemia. They are, however, concerned that a lot of the cancer is still “hiding” in Joshua’s bone marrow, so he will need many more treatments in the weeks to come.

The chemo he is currently receiving is a relatively mild formula because his heart is weak due to various complications over the past few weeks (pneumonia, edema, deep vein thrombosis, etc.). As his health with respect to those complications improves, his doctors will increase the strength of the chemo meds and hopefully kill all of the leukemia over time.

The cost for Joshua’s hospital stay and treatments since he checked into St. Luke’s has been about $2,400 per day. So, although we have raised about $18,000 since the cancer relapsed, that money has been spent and we need to raise much more.

If you’ve not yet donated to help Joshua fight leukemia, please consider making a donation today. If you’ve already donated, please consider contributing again. Even small donations help.

You can contribute via Joshua's GoFundMe campaign or PayPal or check. And if you donate $25 or more and would like some cookies for your generosity, just let Brittney and Ashley know, and they’ll send you a box of their homemade goodies ( http://on.fb.me/114fZ0V).

Thank you for your consideration. —Craig Biddle

 
 
 

Updated posted by Craig Biddle 12 months ago

**UPDATE**

Although Joshua is in a better hospital and under the care of U.S.-trained doctors, his condition is worsening. His diagnosis has been adjusted from lymphoma to leukemia, specifically, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) ( http://bit.ly/bfrB7); he has severe edema ( http://bit.ly/IRSKq) and deep vein thrombosis ( http://bit.ly/TgwEK); and he is now in the coronary care unit because of possible heart failure associated with the above complications.

ALL has been beaten, and Joshua’s MO is, of course, “Nothing Less than Victory.” But beating this wretched thing is going to be a long, torturous, and expensive ordeal; and, to do it, Joshua is going to need a lot of spiritual support and financial assistance.

Please show your support for Joshua by letting him know that your thoughts are with him; you can leave him a note on his Facebook page. And please make a donation or an additional donation to help defray the astronomical costs of fighting and hopefully beating leukemia.

You can donate via Joshua's GoFundMe campaign ( http://bit.ly/PrQ2zp) or PayPal or check. And if you donate $25 or more and would like some cookies for your generosity, just let Brittney and Ashley know, and they’ll send you a box of their homemade goodies ( http://on.fb.me/114fZ0V).

Thank you for your consideration. —Craig Biddle

 
 
 
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Created by Craig Biddle on July 20, 2012

In June 2012, twenty-year-old Joshua Lipana was diagnosed with T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a 5-inch-by-2-inch tumor in his chest. After seven months of intensive chemotherapy, CT scans showed remarkable improvements and indicated that Joshua’s lymphoma was in remission, and the tumor had been reduced to scar tissue. Two months later, however, in March, 2013, a bone marrow biopsy showed that the lymphoma had relapsed. Joshua is now in a hospital in the Philippines, with pneumonia, preparing for more chemotherapy. 

Physically and spiritually, Joshua is better prepared now to fight the lymphoma than he was when it first surfaced. As he wrote in a recent email, “I’m now in a much better position to beat this thing, since I don’t have a 5-inch tumor and a liter of fluid in my lungs.” In addition to being physically stronger, he is psychologically more prepared because he knows the hell that is coming (many sessions of chemo), and he knows that he can get through it. But, to beat this thing, Joshua needs financial help.

When we initiated this funding campaign in July, 2012, we set the goal at $25,000. We knew that Joshua's medical expenses ultimately would be much greater than that, but we wanted to set a goal that seemed achievable and that would substantially defray his expenses. We've almost reached that original goal, and the funds we’ve raised to date have helped Joshua to pay his prior medical expenses. (A huge "Thank you!" to everyone who has donated so far.) But, with this relapse, Joshua’s new expenses are mounting rapidly and will continue to do so for some time. To cover the costs and beat this wretched disease, Joshua needs a great deal more financial help. So we have raised the goal to $50,000. 

Please help this heroic young man defeat this killer. Joshua’s goal is to get back to living—which, for him, means fighting for your and my rights (see http://bit.ly/YJz9Lr for an indication). Viewed in this light, our donations are investments.

If you’ve not yet made a contribution to help Joshua, please consider making one today. If you’ve already made a donation and can afford to make another, please do. Donations of any size help.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Craig Biddle

 
 
 
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Joshua is a young giant with a benevolent attitude who deserves our support.

posted by Randy Szabla 19 months ago

I hope the best for you!! I just lost my uncle to Burkitts Lymphoma and now I'm losing my battle to Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. God Bless You and keep Your Faith, Chris

posted by Chris Collins 20 months ago

Real hero's need our help! Joshua is a real hero! I hope you will find it in your heart to give even if it is just a little, every little bit helps! Thank you

posted by John Anderson 20 months ago

Help Joshua with his fight against T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a true hero needs our help!

posted by John Anderson 20 months ago

Seeing the outpour of support for my brother is absolutely overwhelming. We are so, so grateful for your help. Thank you so much, everyone.

posted by Gabie Tanjutco 21 months ago

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Recent Donations (487)

$42,457 raised by 487 people in 21 months.

$25.00

Nell Kroeger

11 months ago

 
 

I'm sure there are still expenses to be paid, so I'm making this small contribution even though Joshua is no longer with us, and hope that others will have the same thought.

 

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ajay kotian

12 months ago

 
 

$100.00

Alex Holland

12 months ago

 
 

Thank you for the great job that you do championing reason, individualism, Capitalism, etc. I look forward to reading your work for many years to come.

 

$200.00

Stu McDonald

12 months ago

 
 

$200.00

James McAvoy

12 months ago

 
 

$300.00

Stephen Bailey

12 months ago

 
 

Keep fighting Joshua. Your life is worth it!

 

$50.00

David McGruer

12 months ago

 
 

Don't give up the world.

 

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Anonymous

12 months ago

 

$50.00

Anonymous

12 months ago

 

$50.00

Amlan Gupta

12 months ago

 
 

Continue to get better Joshua.

 

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