Josh Tackles Cancer Memorial Fund

$10,197 of $15k goal

Raised by 124 people in 26 months
MV
Melissa Valdez  VISALIA, CA

This account has been established to financially assist the Villarreal family with the hardship of loss of income, medical bills, and funeral expenses.

Josh's Story

While most 14-year old boys are preparing for the first day of high school, Josh Villarreal is preparing for the fight of his life. Josh is no stranger to cancer; he’s the football player on the field each year wearing pink socks and gloves in support of breast cancer awareness month. Little did Josh know that his world would be turned upside down when he was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer.

On July 30, 2014 Josh was admitted to Children's Hospital in Madera with severe stomach pain. A few days later he was told he had Ewing Sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. The family was told that St. Jude Children Research Hospital was conducting a 9-month clinical trial that Josh could be part of the trial with most expenses paid.

On August 7, 2014, three days before he was supposed to travel to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, doctors performed an emergency surgery for a bowl obstruction. They were able to remove a portion of the tumor for more testing, which showed that Josh had been misdiagnosed, which meant he was no longer a candidate for the clinical trial. The doctors concluded that he had colon cancer which is very rare in children. This was of course, devastating for the family. As Josh prepared for the fight of his life, his father quit his job as a contractor so that he could be by Josh’s side as he tackled the toughest opponent of his life. His mother and little brother moved in with family so hat they could save money on living expenses.

Josh was transferred to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford where he spent months receiving different chemo treatments. Unfortunately the tumor did not shrink and the cancer began spreading to other organs. They say God only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers and we couldn't agree more. After several months of fighting so valiantly, on March 26, 2015, Josh won the ultimate victory.

The Villarreal family is extremely thankful to family, friends, and the community for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.

 

 

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Sonia Vargas-Soto
26 months ago

I am praying for Josh and you and your family. If you haven't already, call the American Cancer Society 1 800-227-2345. I believe they should be able to help you out. God bless you all.

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$10,197 of $15k goal

Raised by 124 people in 26 months
Created August 7, 2014
MV
Melissa Valdez  
LG
$1,000
Luis Gonzalez
18 months ago
EB
$100
Erica Barrios
18 months ago
$100
Anonymous
18 months ago
$25
Anonymous
18 months ago
$1,000
Pricilla Gonzalez
18 months ago

Love you Joshy

AG
$20
amanda garcia
18 months ago
KV
$1,000
K V
18 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

EH
$50
Elaine Hinojos
18 months ago

So sorry for ur loss...

$50
Anonymous
18 months ago
JE
$25
Jessica Eric
18 months ago
Sonia Vargas-Soto
26 months ago

I am praying for Josh and you and your family. If you haven't already, call the American Cancer Society 1 800-227-2345. I believe they should be able to help you out. God bless you all.

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