As most of you know, I am Dustan's girlfriend of two years, and during that time I've witnessed Dustan's health peak and decline. Every time we receive a set back, Dustan is the first to march forward and continue fighting, not only for himself, but other children fighting similar battles across the country. He is one of the strongest, most enduring, courageous, and charitable people I know, and I believe he's more than earned the right to recieve the same generousity he's given to others.
Dustan is a 5 time cancer survivor who has been fighting stage 5 Wilms Tumor since he was 6 years old. Throughout his 22 years, he has fought countless recurring tumor growth, endured multiple treatments and clinical trials, and still manages to raise money, care packages and dream days for other childhood cancer survivors through his non-profit organization DC Strong.
Last year, Dustan's condition worsened and he was no longer able to stay on his medication which had been improving his condition over the past 3 years. Since then, he requires the use of oxygen to help him to continue to live his life to the fullest while he and his doctors continue to fight for a cure.
The use of regular oxygen tanks make portability a struggle, weighing about 7 lbs. each, and require constant upkeep while providing only a few hours of use. Due to the condition of Dusty's lungs, this makes tasks like climbing the stairs and getting in and out of vehicles more difficult on his body physically.
We have found the use of a portable oxygen filtration system makes everyday tasks much easier and increases the overall quality of life for Dustan and his family.
The machine weighs only 1.5 lbs and contains a chargeable 8 hour battery, which makes travel and contant use much easier and convenient.
The machine which Dustan has been using was only a rental and will be returned within 24 hours. The machine is not covered through insurance and costs $3,000 dollars out of pocket.
Dustan has sacrificed and given back to the community so much since his diagnosis, and I believe he and his family should not have to bare the weight of this medical expense alone. D and his family are faithful, independant, capable people who never ask for help or think to burden others with their troubles, so this is me reaching out for support as a loved one who has witnessed the toll cancer can take on a family first hand. As the DC Strong team says, "No One Fights Alone," and I believe this should also be made true for Dusty and his family.
God is a great provider, and I believe full-heartedly that we will receive this machine one way or another. If you do not have ability to donate financially, please send good thoughts and prayers for continued healing, strength, and peresevrence as we continue to move forward despite our circumstances.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Thank you so much, everyone!
- George and Betsy Lee
- Becky Howrigon
- Paige Mulka
- Barb Brandt
- Michael and Janis Leinwand
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