Help Johnny Diep Beat Liver Cancer!

$81,424 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 224 people in 16 days
Created August 3, 2019
118 Cancer Busting Crew!
on behalf of Johnny Diep
41082410_1565480093598610_r.jpegWe are reaching out to you on behalf of our friend, Johnny Diep. 

Over the last 5 months, Johnny has been dealing with serious health issues, and he is now able to share his journey and ask for your help. Earlier this year, Johnny noticed a drop in his energy levels. Despite this, he continued working and staying active with his two young kids, Jacob and Hannah.  Even though he got a physical in January that showed nothing wrong, he went to the doctor's office in April after continuing to not feel so well.  After a series of doctor’s visits and diagnostic studies, they discovered several masses in his liver.  He was diagnosed with Liver Cancer. 

Johnny has always been active and physically fit.  It goes to show that this deadly disease can  happen to even the best of people.  This is something unexpected and has affected his entire family along with his many friends.  Johnny is strong and he is going to fight this disease. 

He has begun the initial stages of chemotherapy but experienced some more unexpected setbacks with bile duct blockage which resulted in an extended hospital stay.  The plan is to receive treatment at the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas once he gets discharged from the hospital.  Unfortunately, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is considered outside of network for his insurance, which will result in a significant financial hardship for his family.   He does not have time to wait for all the slow paperwork and approval (most likely denial to go out of network).  Time is urgent, and we need your help.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has many patients that are similar to Johnny's demographics, which gives him the best chance at getting the proper treatment to beat this cancer.  He has exhausted specialists in the local area, and it is critical that he ramps up testing and attains a proper diagnosis and treatment.

We refuse to let this be the end of Johnny’s journey and ask that you help us raise funds to support Johnny’s fight.  His wife has been by his side during this whole ordeal.  Despite the circumstances, his two children go on with their everyday activities with as much normalcy as one can expect.  For those of you who know Johnny, you know he would be the first one at your side to help.  As his friends, we are devastated. We all ask "Why him?"  This is an answer that will never be able to be answered, but this is Johnny, who brings so much friendship to our lives.  Here lies an incredible opportunity to support our dear friend in his biggest time of need. 

- Treatment from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center outside of Johnny’s insurance coverage 
- Vitamins and Supplements
- Miscellaneous treatment costs (co-pays, transportation, etc.)

We ask that you help us in our push for $100,000. This is our goal for this GoFundMe campaign and all money received will provide Johnny the opportunity to receive the most proper treatment at the best institute possible for his case.

Every dollar towards our goal counts.  We want to make sure that Johnny gets the proper treatment and at the same time know that his family will be okay financially.  

If anyone has any recommendations or connections to the above hospital, please reach out to us. 

We hope that you will join us in Johnny’s fight and share his story.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Johney Tam or one of the other team members in this GoFundMe for Johnny:

Tieu Luu
Truong Nguyen
Tung Dao

Thank you, God Bless, and Peace to everyone!
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Greetings all and THANK YOU to everyone who has donated and/or helped spread the word about this fundraiser for Johnny and his family!

I wanted to share an event coming up on Sat. Aug 24th from 7am to 10am. Jacob and Hannah's swim team is organizing a swimming fundraiser for Johnny. Please pass this event on and come out to support if you can! Details below:

TANK Family, Friends and the Community,

Shark Tank Racing Squad Swimmers will be leading an event on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 7:00am - 10:00am at Brandywine Swim Club. A huge thank you to Brandywine Swim Club for donating their pool! We will be hosting an event to bring the community together to help support and raise money to provide Johnny the best possible treatment!

The event will begin at 7:00am with swimmers preparing to swim 60 minutes for distance from 7:30am - 8:30am (also known as a T-60). We will take a 30 minute break to gather all relay teams together and from 9:00am - 10:00am, we will have mixed gender and age group relays compete in the 100/200 Freestyle,100/200 Medley and your favorite 100/200 Butterfly. (A detailed timeline will be announced within the next few days).

Just a friendly reminder, this is NOT just for Shark Tank Racing Squad. We are hoping to have summer swim team swimmers, year round swimmers, high school swimmers, college swimmers, and non-swimmers bring the entire community together to help support and raise money for Johnny Diep.

Concessions, t-shirts, hats, and more will be available for sale. All proceeds will go towards Johnny's GoFundMe.

Next Steps... distribute flyers in person, via social media and sign up as a volunteer, we will need donations of foods to sell at concessions. ( https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050948A4A823A7FC1-teamjohnnydiep).

I understand this event is early in the morning, however, lets do our best to bring everyone together to show Johnny we support him and raise as much as we can!


Liver Cancer Won't Win This Match! #teamjohnnydiep

Thank you,
Coach Priya Aurora
TANK – Team Manager/Assistant Head Coach
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Greetings everyone! Johnny wanted me to post this message for everyone to see. Again MANY THANKS to everyone helping him out!

From Johnny:

To all the donors, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your generosity. Your love and support mean so much to me and my family. In the next couple months, I plan to be at MD Anderson to start my cancer treatment. Please know that your generosity will make an immediate difference in my journey to fight cancer. Again, thank you for your generous gifts. I will keep you all posted with my treatment progress.
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Raised by 224 people in 16 days
Created August 3, 2019
118 Cancer Busting Crew!
on behalf of Johnny Diep
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