Celebrating the Life of David Hicks
$15,510 of $30,000 goal
At age 13, life changed for David Alan Hicks. He was diagnosed with a rare and difficult form of cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma . Doctors at University of Michigan - CS Mott Children's Hospital determined that David had a better possibility of surviving if he underwent an amputation below the knee on his right leg. The day after Christmas, David underwent the procedure successfully along with chemotherapy to keep the cancer at bay. He did not stop fighting.
2014: David beat cancer. Throughout the next two years, he lived the life of a normal teenager just navigating River Valley High School, participating in Wrestling, enjoying everything superhero-related, video games, and fun with friends and family. Like his heroes, he never stopped fighting.
At age 16, less than three years after being diagnosed the first time, David's cancer returned in full force. Not only did David's cancer spread to his upper body, but it brought with it tumors and immense pain. The doctors at Mott returned to help David and our family. First, with chemotherapy drugs. After the chemo drugs stopped being effective, the decision to switch to radiation occurred. After weeks of trips to Ann Arbor for one hour a day of radiation therapy, living in a hotel for five days a week to rest and recover, David was still in immense pain. He fought, bravely, quietly, soundly.
Then, after turning age 17, the unimaginable happened. David's "good" leg was found to have cancer in and around the knee, in addition to the cancer still lingering in parts of his upper body. The options became less, and the paths became harder to see. Still, David fights.
After pain continued to plague his body and mind, David made the decision to forego any further treatment. And he still fights...
At around 10:35am on Friday, February 10th, 2017, David Alan Hicks left this earth to become a superhero in another galaxy.
The family of David Hicks are asking for donations with a goal of $35,000. Reaching this goal will allow us to:
- Assist family members in the preparation of David's Celebration of Life
- And pay for final expenses.
But, our biggest need yet involves the establishment of a Scholarship in David's name. David loves the performing arts, whether it be movies, TV, dramas and stage shows, theme parks, video games, or other visual arts. So, we intend to allow David's name to live on as we give the gift of scholarship to High School students in Berrien County that wish to major in a field related to the arts.
After the fundraising goal is reached, we will be working with the Berrien Community Foundation to establish the Scholarship fund. David's eldest brother, Zack, will work with the foundation to administer continuous fundraising efforts over time, while helping to work with high school guidance counselors to encourage students in the Berrien County, Michigan area to apply for funds.
If the scholarship fund reaches over $25,000, it will become an Endowment Fund in perpetuity. This means we will no longer have to do consistent yearly fundraising to keep dollars coming in. As long as the economy is healthy, the scholarship will live on.
Thanks to your support, David will never stop fighting. Your gifts allow David to know his dreams of enjoying the arts will be lived out by his peers who deserve a chance as well.
We hope to have the scholarship application posted to the site this week for students to apply for disbursement this school year.
Check out the site here: https://www.davidhicksscholarship.com/
We are happy to report that we'll only be using just over $2,000 from this fundraiser to cover the remaining costs from things such as the wake, and gifts for those at CS Mott and Hanson Hospice Center.
But, our fundraising efforts are not yet done. We still need your help getting the word to organizations and donors around the world who are touched by David's story. If we can deposit $25,000 in to our scholarship fund in a few months, it will become an endowment fund and will no longer need continuous fundraising. That will allow David's name to live on for generations, helping students with their goals and dreams in the Arts.
Even though we only met on a couple of occasions, your upbeat personality, kindness made an impact in my life. We all struggle with various day to day issues..nothing close to what you were dealing with. I could never walk in your shoes, and you've made many of us realize how precious life is. Don't take anything for granted, be grateful for what you have, your health! Be kind to others...not just during the holidays, but everyday. Your our hero David Hicks!
So deeply sorry that this is happening to this young man. No child should suffer. None!! Heartbreaking to see such young kids dealing with this dreaded cancer. Prayers lifted and asking our Lord to please bring comfort to David and his family. So sorry Zack.
Although I only talked to David a handful of times, he really stood out to me as a great kid. I wish I could have gotten to know him better. My heart goes out to the family and they are in my prayers. No child deserves this and no family deserves the loss of a child. David, you are in my thoughts every day and so is your family. Rest easy, kid.
Dear David. You are so young and this all seems so unfair that you may not be able to stay here as long as you would like. I'm so sorry for the pain that you have had to endure; but there is more life when you leave here. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son (Jesus) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 Blessings to you David ♥
Prayers for you David and your family. I so wish I could help you. Keep up the fight. God bless you and your family