James Lillo's Cancer Treatment
Anyone that knows James would describe him as a young man with character who is loyal, trustworthy, brilliant, kind hearted, and athletic just to name a few. This January, James was diagnosed with a rare cancer; mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell carcinoma stage 4. James immediately began treatment at the University of Chicago Medical Center while attending his graduate program at the University of Chicago. His treatment included months of chemotherapy and multiple stays in the hospital throughout the process. His fight thus far has shown his friends and family just how courageous and strong willed a man he has grown to be at the young age of 24. His mother, Liz, has stepped up not only as a loving mother, but a compassionate caretaker throughout this entire process. She has set aside everything to focus 100% of her attention on her dear son. Friends and family have come out in droves to offer love and support unto James.
From Facebook posts asking for crazy hats (jalapeño hats, Viking knit hats, etc.) to hilarious tweets ("I'm an Aries with a touch of Cancer"), James has been showing his friends and family he is still keeping his humor during this difficult time.
After completing 3 months of chemotherapy, James is now back home, and has begun his second phase of treatment at Sloan Kettering in New York City. James now faces an aggressive 4 more months of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant with surgery thereafter to rid his body of this cancer.
Just as love holds no bounds, James and his family are willing to go to the ends of the earth to find him a cure. During this emotionally difficult time we have decided to lighten the financial burden for this incredible young man and his family by starting this page. In whatever way you can, please donate to help this amazing young man fight the biggest battle of his life. No words can describe how grateful we are for your help, and how grateful his mother and family are for your support.
Jenn & Steph
As many of you already know, yesterday afternoon, James lost his nearly year-long battle with cancer. We hope that you all find comfort in knowing that just as James has been since the day of his diagnosis, he was surrounded by his loving family, and close friends.
We all cannot thank you enough for your generous donations. The outpouring of support has meant more than the Lillo’s could ever put into words.
The Lillo family would like to invite you to join in the celebration of James’ wonderful life with us on Thursday evening, December 1st, from 6-8pm.
Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home
323 Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940
We will miss that smile, James.
First of all thank you so much for all of your support! I have been absolutely floored by how much we have been able to raise. Today (June 3) I start my high dose chemo regiment at Memorial Sloan Kettering and will be hospitalized for five days. I will go through three cycles of the high dose chemo and this will be my toughest challenge to date, however I know with positivity and support from my friends and family I will get through this.
Luckily I was feeling well enough this past weekend to make it home and had a great time with close friends enjoying the gorgeous weather, playing wiffle ball, grilling, and much more :)
Hope all is well!
Love and prayers from India !
God bless you and your family. Love, light and prayers from Dream Travel Vacations, FL❤
This is AWESOME !!!!!! Way to go !! Thank you so much everyone!!!!