Help Joe Battle Stage 4 Cancer

We are raising money to help Joe Bolanos battle stage 4 colon cancer to cover medical treatment, travel, living expenses, etc. Doctors estimate he has 6-9 months to live if he doesn't seek further treatment. Given how urgent treatment is, we are raising money to help fund his visit to one of the premier cancer centers in the world, MD Anderson in Houston, Texas so that he may receive the best treatments available. Unfortunately, this will be extremely costly, and the family has already been told that their insurance will not cover the cost of out-of-state treatment. The family has already contacted MD Anderson, and his initial visit is estimated to cost up to $26,000 upfront.

Joe is a hard-working, humble man and would never ask for help himself. Joe always puts others first; offering you the shirt off his back and never asking or expecting anything in return, which is why we are doing this for him. He is the rock in his family and, as you can imagine, their whole world is falling apart right now. We are fighting against the clock so any donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated.

If you are not able to help Joe financially, I only ask that you please donate your time for positive thoughts and prayers and share Joe’s story with your friends and family. Thank you so much for your consideration in supporting this cause, and we pray that God receives the glory and lays a healing hand over Joe.

Joe's Journey:

Joe Bolaños’ battle with cancer began in May 2017 when he and his family received the unexpected and devastating news that he was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. Joe was immediately administered continuous chemotherapy and radiation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he underwent surgery to remove the cancer in August 2017. Joe continued to undergo aggressive chemotherapy until January 2018 in hopes that this would kill any remaining cancerous cells in his body.

On March 28th, Joe met with his cancer center treatment team and thought he would be receiving news that his cancer was in remission and that his battle with cancer was over. However, the doctors instead informed Joe and his family that the cancer had not only spread in his colon but had also metastasized throughout the rest of his body and had now impacted major organs like his liver and lungs. All of his doctors and family were in complete shock given that the cancer had essentially continued to grow even while Joe was actively undergoing chemotherapy. The doctors have now diagnosed Joe with Stage 4 colon cancer, and they have stressed that immediate treatment is critical due to the cancer’s current growth rate in order to increase his chance of survival.

Friends and Family Testimonies about Joe:

By: Janice and Tim Dunnahoo (Close friends of Joe's for over 20 years)

Joe is a very dedicated, humble, hardworking, Christian man. He has a family and business to support, but is unable to do so at this time. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. 

By: Rebecca Kolker (Close friends of the Bolanos family for over 26 years)

For those who may not have the pleasure of knowing Joe personally, I have been best friends with Joe’s daughter, Angelea Bolanos, since I was just two years old. We’d sit together at church every Sunday and would have sleepovers on weekends when our parents gave in to our shameless begging. As time went on, Joe and his wife Angela treated me like a daughter, and I too consider myself a member of the family.

When I think of Joe, I think of the hardest working, God-fearing man I know. He is a loving husband and father of three children and three grandbabies who has spent his life working tirelessly to provide for his family. His persistent hard work enabled him to transform his career as a local plumber into the co-owner of Alpha Plumbing, which was a dream of his.

Joe always puts others first; offering you the shirt off his back and never asking or expecting anything in return. He is the rock in his family and, as you can imagine, their whole world is falling apart right now.

By: Cindy Masterson (Immediate family member to Joe Bolanos)

This is my uncle, Joe. I am so amazed in my uncle's faith in God. Even with the devestating news of the cancer and the cancer's return, he still continues to praise God and give God glory. He said he did not know why he was walking this path, but if it was God's will that he walk it he would, and would not not question why. Uncle Joe has helped so so many people in his lifetime, it would be wonderful to see him given help at this time of need in his life. No amount is too small and anything you could give would be greatly appreciated. Please continue to pray for my uncle Joe's complete healing from the cancer. May God bless you.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Janice Sallee Dunnahoo 
Roswell, NM
Angela Bolanos 
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