David attended Millikan High school in Long Beach. After graduating he began working with his father. Together they built the Yard Doctor Tree Service. David has for the past 30 years been self-employed with the company while also functioning as the lead tree-trimmer. When his father transitioned into a career in education David took over day to day operations. He is without a doubt a skilled trimmer, one whose work speaks for itself.
David is also a great husband to a wonderful wife. David has been with his wife Hatti for the last 30 years. Finally David is also a very passionate fisherman. Fishing was one of his favorite things to do and he spent just about every weekend fishing in Long Beach.
For the last few weeks he has been suffering from headaches, loss of balance, and back pain. Initially we thought David had suffered a stroke. He had fallen at home and exhibited symptoms similar to those of a stroke which including speech impairment, headaches and a limp in his walk. All test up to this point has come back normal and we were unsure of the cause of his degrading health. After continue headaches David was taken in to get an MRI done and on Wednesday October 23, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
David was admitted to the Los Alamitos Medical Center's ER where he remained under the care of the staff while undergoing further scans and test. A week later a biopsy was conducted in order to diagnose the nature of the tumor. This biopsy confirmed that the tumor is in fact cancerous and David was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain tumor. Due to the to size and aggressive nature of the tumor surgical removal is not an option. David will now undergo a 6 week series of Radiation and Chemotherapy treatments with the goal of shrinking the tumor, extending his life and making it more comfortable.
With all of this in mind we are looking to raise money to help David and his wife Hatti to pay for the medical expenses incurred to this point as well as those associated with chemo and radiation therapy. These funds will also be used to help with any subsequent expenses that may arise from this tragic situation. We thank you all for your support of David in this difficult time.