David's Fund

My son David is known and loved by many! In this difficult time we have finally had to resort to asking for help from those who are possibly able and have been asking "what can we do to help?"
David, as many know, has always loved sports and was very active in High School playing football and baseball. In planning for his future, he decided senior year to join the United States Marine Corp and served 4 years in active duty. When David returned he relocated to Kennewick, WA and attended CBC playing rugby for WSU Tri-Cities, and joining both wooden bat men's baseball league as well as co-ed softball where he was able to team with his siblings for a season. David began working October, 2016 for McKinstry Industries through the sprnkler fitters union where he was with a team of other Marines and began building a career and kinship with his co-workers.
After experienceing sever back pain that eventually left him immobile, and several denials for an MRI from the VA, David was found to have a tumor in both his back and abdomen (March, 2017). He was admitted into ICU immediately and began chemotherapy within 48 hours of admission. He has been diagnosed with NHL (non-hodgkins lymphoma) not typical for a man of his age.
David completed a full treatment of chemotherapy from March through June, experiencing blood clots in his legs and lung, and apendicitis during that time, leaving him again hospitalized. The chemotherapy used was ineffective. He is currently receiving his third treatment of chemotherapy in his new treatment, and has successfully had harvested stem cells, for a transplant that we are hoping he will be ready to receive in late November.
Throughout this time David has been denied any type of disability benefits from the VA, but has received some help from his union. Those funds have now been exhausted and David will not be released to return to work for at least 90 days after transplant. He has been researching the damaging effects of the burn pits, reported by many Vets who have served in Afghanistan resulting in a variety of inexplicable medical issues, including NHL, in hopes of helping his appeal with the VA, which could take years to resolve. 
In the meantime, David still has rent and bills to pay, not to mention eating and staying as healthy as he can with all of the additional stress, travel for treatment, and treatment itself. He has tried hard to not have to ask for help from others, but has surrendered to the idea that he is running out of options. We have all received overwhelming love and support from so many and truely are humbled by it. Thoughts and prayers are always appreciated, and every penny helps!David with his neice, Stella, after his first treament in March, 2017.
David with his girlfriend Hilda, between treatments (before he lost his hair again)
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Liz Rich
Yakima, WA
David Williams

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