Save Dave - My dad has Brain Cancer-GBM

$1,300 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 30 months
Jen LaBounty Johnson   SAN JOSE, CA

     As some of you may know, my dad (Dave) went in to the ER at the beginning of Feb. 2014 for what he thought was a mini-stroke. A week and a half later and after multiple tests, he was diagnosed with the most aggressive and deadliest of the Glioma Brain Cancers called Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 (GBM for short). We found out he was fighting for his life. Surgery was scheduled to take place 2 weeks later and on Feb. 27th the Neurosurgeon was able to remove 100% of the visible tumor.  Because of the tumor's location and the trauma from the surgery, my dad is now in a wheelchair.  The right side of his body (arm and leg) are basically useless. The doctors thought he would have more mobility by the 6 month mark.  He's at that mark now and reality is setting in. He is slightly more mobile than he was right after surgery, but worse than he was prior to surgery. He can take some steps, but he is very unstable on his feet and has fallen several times since the surgery. I'm not going to lie, It's a little scary to watch him get up and out of his chair.  He finished his initial 6 straight weeks of Chemo and Radiation and has been on a monthly Chemo schedule since May 2014 with MRI scans scheduled every 2 months to monitor any new tumor growth. Unfortunately, because of the aggressivenss of this type of Cancer, we have been told it will grow back and it's just a question of when.   

(Photo taken Feb. 28, 2014, 1 day after surgery)


(Photo of Zach pushing my dad around in his wheelchair @ Rehab)

     
     That said, my parents are dealing with a HUGE life change.  They live in a 2 story condo and the shower is upstairs so it's not ideal living conditions for someone in a wheelchair.  My brother Kevin and I thought that by setting up a fundraiser to help our parents pay for their large medical yearly maximum co-payment ($5,000) and the likelyhood that my mom will need to eventually hire private nurses to help her with my dad.

This has been so overwhelming for our family.  The medical bills and dad's upcoming medical needs should be the least of their worries during this diffucult time.  I'm sure their needs will surpass $7K, but this is a start and will at least help them pay their deductable and any other medical necessities that may come up. 

Any amount will help so please pass this on to any and all.

Thank you so, so much!  

Love,
Jen (daughter), Kevin (son), Steve (son-in-law), Tara (daughter in-law), Zach & Alex (Grandsons)

(Photo in Rehab - Kevin brought a D&D game and gamers to keep my dad's mind off of things for a few hours).

(Photo taken during my dad's first visit home since his surgery.  Dave's Grandson's sporting their new T-Shirts. "I wear Grey for my Grandpa" - March 16, 2014)





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Update 4
23 months ago
I have not updated in a while. I am updating per the request of my parents.

First of all, on behalf of my mom and dad, they want to send a HUGE Thank You to everyone who donated when my dad was initially diagnosed. Because of your generosity, they were able to purchase a portable wheelchair ramp, which they use daily to get my dad in and out of the house. They were also able to purchase a recliner chair for their downstairs living room. My mom and dad have vowed to turn around and match all the contributions they have received towards another Cancer Go-Fund-Me page or Cancer Charity once they have the funds to do so. They are so, so grateful for the support they received. Just knowing people are out there who care that much, some of which have never met them, was and still is a HUGE ray of light for my dad. He still cries happy tears when he talks about it.

NEGU. The fight is still on every day for my dad and he still has a long Chemo road ahead, but he is still here, and for that we are grateful.

Thanks again!!!
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Update 3
28 months ago
My dad is half-way through his 6-week Radiation and Chemo treatments. It's really rough on him and he is sleeping A LOT. We miss him so much.... Zach is especially having a really hard time. He went from seeing his Grandpa 3-4 days a week before the surgery and treatment to maybe once a week and when he does get to go over to their house, G-Pa is usually asleep. We are all hoping that this treatment is working. Unfortunately, there has been no progression of movement on his right side. We are hoping he can start Rehabilitation back up soon. TTYL
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Update 2
29 months ago
Well, we spilled the beans today. My dad (and mom) are now aware that this fundraiser page was created to help his fight and medical needs. He is so, so touched by your support (we all are)! Because of your generosity, we were able to purchase an electric recliner for their downstairs area today, just in time for his scheduled release from Rehab on the 20th. My dad needs to keep his head elevated to sleep comfortably, so this chair will be the center of his universe for a while and will give him a much needed space to relax and sleep once he is home. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has helped so far. My brother took a video of my dad's reaction today. Priceless!
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Update 1
29 months ago
Thank you so much for the support. I can't believe we already raised close to $1,000 in just 2 days. It's amazing!
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Adrienne Miceli
29 months ago

I first saw your post about your dad on the GBM support sight and it reminded me so much of my mom and her struggle that I asked to be your facebook friend! My mom had hers come on all of a sudden as well and then the tumor burst which left her paralyzed on her left side for the last 3 months of her life. This beast took her in 3 months and 1 day, my heart goes out to your family and I really want to give something in honor of my mom! I know she would be happy for me to do so...in Memory of Tina Miceli 5/7/42~11/22/13, I donate this $200.00...and am praying for your dad and your family! Love, Adrienne :-)

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$1,300 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 30 months
Created March 8, 2014
Jen LaBounty Johnson     Medical   SAN JOSE, CA
DC
$10
Daniel CRONIN
15 months ago

Get well. I hope things get better.

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MP
$20
Michael Polston
15 months ago

Good Luck

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$25
Anonymous
23 months ago
$200
Adrienne Miceli
29 months ago
JK
$100
Jill Kopeikin
29 months ago
KH
$20
Kenny Heggem
29 months ago

Be well, Dave. Hope to see everyone soon.

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$5
Anonymous
29 months ago
$20
Anonymous
29 months ago
LK
$40
Liane King
29 months ago

I don't make much, I hope this helps? BIG hugs!

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TA
$50
Theresa Arce
29 months ago
Adrienne Miceli
29 months ago

I first saw your post about your dad on the GBM support sight and it reminded me so much of my mom and her struggle that I asked to be your facebook friend! My mom had hers come on all of a sudden as well and then the tumor burst which left her paralyzed on her left side for the last 3 months of her life. This beast took her in 3 months and 1 day, my heart goes out to your family and I really want to give something in honor of my mom! I know she would be happy for me to do so...in Memory of Tina Miceli 5/7/42~11/22/13, I donate this $200.00...and am praying for your dad and your family! Love, Adrienne :-)

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