Our son, David, wants to find a way to defer costs for his biggest wish to travel to Japan, which isn't very wheelchair accessible. (His left leg became paralyzed after spine surgery. Now, this rare bone cancer, Chordoma, has spread to his lungs.)
It's very difficult for us to accept assistance from others, but this is David's way to help us-to not burden us, financially. We'll respect his wish because we need to book special tours that will accept wheelchairs. He will also need to fly in first class so he'll be able to recline further (lessen back pain), and have extra leg room, which will be $3000-$4000+ round trip (we plan to fly couch). As most people know, there are many other added expenses, not covered by insurance, while fighting cancer.
Below is David's story from his heart:
My name is David Roebuck, I am 23 years-old.
On March 19th, 2013, I was diagnosed with Lumbar Chordoma with pelvic involvement, and a pinched nerve! Chordoma is a rare bone cancer that is resistent to radiation and chemotherapy. this cancer has paralyzed my left leg in addition to two seperate major surgeries which totaled about 32 hours, combined. Recurrence is common after surgery.
With that said I am now diagnosed with the same type of cancer in my lungs. I will have to have major surgery for them to be removed and would be elated if I could get a trip to japan before the surgery. I have always been intrigued and facinated by the Japanese culture and have always had a life-long dream to visit Japan and would be elated if I could pay my own way so i do not burden my parents. I am currently unable to work because of my leg.
Having cancer two times in my life is something that no life lesson or person could have prepared me for.
I appreciate any amount you could, whether it be small, large, or through points from a credit card. All donations would have to be made through GoFundMe or in Laurel or Bill Roebuck's name. They will purhase everything needed.
Thank you for your generous support.
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