Most of you already know that Joe was a high school and college football star. He played linebacker at Southport High School in Indianapolis Indiana and later went on to play at Purdue University.
He has been married to his wife Rachel & they just celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary in July of 2017.
To celebrate his birthday, Joe & his wife, Rachel, travelled to New York City where things took a turn for the worse. They ended up in the ER due to him losing feeling in his left leg. An MRI showed that Joe had an inflammation on his spine and was causing him to lose feeling and function of his legs rapidly.
After 3 weeks of treatments, his neurosurgeon opted for an exploratory surgery where he expanded the lining of Joe’s spinal cord to make room for the swelling and discovered a tumor, which he had biopsied. The results showed that Joe had grade 4 spinal glioblastoma wrapped around his spinal cord. Because of the positioning, the tumor itself is inoperable.
Joe has been bound to a wheelchair since the ER visit in March and has undergone 3 rounds of radiation and 3 rounds of chemo. He has no feeling or function from his chest down.
Fortunately, wherever they treat the tumor it has disappeared; however, it grows around the treated area. Our last MRI showed that the tumor had grown to his brain stem which caused the loss of feeling to expand to his hands.
He’s in the middle of his third round of chemo, a new drug that is designed to stop blood flow to the tumor.
Joe has managed to remain in hospital geh spirits despite everything he is going through. All of the money raised with go directly to Joe and his family to assist them with any medical bills and household necessities.
We will be sure to keep you updated throughout this process. Thank you very much for your help and taking your time to read Joe’s story. We truly appreciate you.