Blake was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia commonly known as bone marrow cancer. only about 13,000 cases are diagnosed every year. Blake was diagnosed one year and five days after he retired from active duty. He served 11 of his 24 years as a navy Master-At-Arms, serving 6 combat tours. Four in Iraq and Two in Afghanistan. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to offsetting the travel expenses incurred by family members helping him through his treatment. Blake is scheduled to start treatment in September 2018.