Joe Bland Cancer Treatment
I am Sarah Bland, wife to Eric Bland who is Joe Bland's nephew. Joe pretty much raised Eric into his teen years and has always been a kind, giving and caring man who never asked for anything. Many of you may know Joe from Garfield High School in Seattle where he worked as a teachers assistant in the gym (basketball, volleyball and wrestling) and with the kids in detention and the incoming freshmen in the Bridge Program for almost 30 years (he might have confiscated your cell phone, but always out of love). He is a gentle and loving husband to Sabrina Bland and devoted father to their daughter and college graduate Jomeka Bland.
Sadly, Joe Bland has just been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. He is going to have surgery soon and we need to act now as we don't know how long or what treatment will bring, but it is URGENT. We really cannot wait another day.
Joe also worked part time at the Seattle Times for decades; his wife is a home health care worker, their car needs repair, Sabrina needs to take Joe to appointments, care for him and be there by his side - and that means she can't work as many hours as she used to.
Please take one minute and give to Joe - anything helps, whatever you can possibly afford whether it is $5 or $50 - this man has touched the lives of thousands of teens and young adults over the years and now he needs us and he would never, ever ask - he needs us to step up and ease the burden of this terrible disease.
Every day is precious to us all, his daughter just graduated from college and is now living in Atlanta, Georgia - we need to help this family be together and fight this disease!
Anything you can do to help, thank you and God bless you and your family.
remembering a man who touched all our hearts, Joe Bland.
Viewing will be held on August 23rd, 2016 from 3:00 PM -7:00 PM at Marlatt Funeral Home 713 Central Ave N. Kent, WA
Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church 126 15th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122.
Repast: Garfield High School Commons’ after service at 1:00 PM, 400 23rd Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Thank you to everyone who has given their kind words and prayers and donated to Joe Bland and his family. Our hearts are with his daughter Jomeka and his wife Sabrina, the whole Bland Family, all of Seattle and the Garfield Bulldog Family. We all love you and will truly miss you, Joe.
Joe Bland begins chemotherapy today. We've learned from him that his cancer is now inoperable; so the time begins now to treat the disease, and fight.
Joe has shown us he is so strong, and his heart is so big, but he needs us to keep up the strength, the prayers, love and support.
To be honest, I can't help but to cry when I think about this. Sometimes it just comes over me and I have to stop what I am doing and all I can do is ask myself "Why Joe? Why of all people in the world does this have to happen to Joe!" I know many of us are sad, but still so hopeful - he's going to fight the disease, but we have to fight for him too.
I know this is a very uncertain time and financially draining for his family, we have increased the goal for Joe Bland's Cancer Treatment in order to face the long road and the fight ahead that treatment brings.
We know this is going to be difficult, but with the help of all of you pitching in $5 to $50 everything helps; please take a moment and think about what you can do, or who you can share Joe Bland's story with, or even if you can share just more kind words - this family needs every ounce of hope and care that we can pitch in to keep them able to be together, thinking positive, and caring for Joe.
Here's a video update and 'Thank You' from Joe Bland and his wife Sabrina.
Mr. Joe! There is a 0% chance that you remember me, but 16 years after graduating from Garfield I remember you 100%! You were such a friendly, positive light, shining affirmation on us teenagers in our awkward/rebellious/lost state! Seifu and I used to run into you at the safeway in rainier valley, and you'd always leave us smiling. I guarantee you have touched so many more people than you ever imagined, and have made the world a better place just by being you.
Joe this is Ms. Ginger and if anyone is going to win this battle it is you my friend. With all the prayers and support we lift you and your family up daily and we know He is mightier than any diagnosis. Gentle hugs and know you/family aren't standing alone!