Justin's Journey

$7,765 of $15k goal

Raised by 105 people in 43 months
Jeff Easdale   OMAHA, NE

A week before Justin's 8th birthday, he was bouncing around like his usual energetic self. A couple of days later he was on his way to the doctors with a mild fever and what was thought to be just a childhood virus. On the way there, one side of Justin's face became paralyzed with what the doctors thought was Bell's Palsy.  This meant that Justin was unable to close his eye etc.  The next day Justin's doctor ordered an MRI to check the virus wasn't attacking his eye and causing lasting damage.  This MRI actually revealed Justin had a tennis ball sized tumor on his brain.


Justin was rushed into Omaha Childrens Hospital. On his 8th birthday after a small birthday party with his family in his hospital room, Justin underwent major brain surgery to remove the tumor. Throughout it all, Justin had an amazing attitude and remained so brave - laughing and joking with the nurses and doctors and amazing everyone with his strength of character.

While the tumor turned out to be even bigger than the doctors expected, the surgery was a success and they managed to remove the entire mass.  

The biopsy results from the tumor have now been returned and have shown it to be a pretty aggressive form of cancer called PNET.   Justin's journey will now continue with a treatment regime of radiation and chemotherapy for six weeks followed by chemotherapy for about 6 months.

We have set up this fundraising page to help with Justin's journey through this stage in his life.  It is anticipated at this stage that the co-pay element for Justin's treatment will be in the region of $5,000 for this year alone combined with the additional financial pressures of lost wages with time off work for doctors appointments and caring etc while he fights this.

Throughout this experience, Justin has remained so strong and brave and is an inspiration how he is taking it in his stride.  The love, support, prayers and encouragement from friends and family has been invaluable and absolutely overwhelming.  The way you have all rallied around us has been so touching. If you could continue to keep Justin in your prayers, we would really appreciate it.  It really means the world to us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Love,

The Easdale Family - Jeff, Jill, Justin & Jax


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Update 9
41 months ago
Well what a huge week it has been for us here. From having the news crew from KPTM Fox 42 here to interview Justin, the Springville Elementary benefit, the success with Justin's feeding tube, to running around finalizing the last details for the benefit and silent auction at Westside Church tonight.

Justin came across so well on the news report - what a little rock star! Hopefully his appearance really helped to get the word out and we will have a full house at the benefit.

The Springville Benefit was an amazing success. The support and kindness from all that attended was overwhelming and it was so nice to see a smile on Justin's face when he got to see his friends again after so long. We have been told that the total raised from this benefit is in the region of an amazing $2,000! We will update the website when we have the final total. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this such a wonderful night.

Justin was given a feeding tube 2 weeks ago as his weight had dropped to dangerously low levels. This has been a great move as his weight is starting to return to where it was prior to treatment.

And finally, we have been running around finalizing everything for tonight's benefit dinner. We are so excited about this. A lot of work has gone into this to make it a great night - food from Grisanti's with some amazing silent auction items and raffle prizes. We hope to see you all there!! Tickets will be available at the door if you haven't gotten the chance to purchase them already. The event is at Westside Church on 150th & Dodge from 5:30-8:00pm TONIGHT.

Once again - we can not thank you all enough for the care, love, prayers and support you have all shown Justin and our family. We are truly blessed to know such wonderful people.

Love,
The Easdale Family
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Update 8
42 months ago
When we first set up this fundraising page, we had so many unanswered questions. Justin had just been diagnosed and we were only just starting to get glimpses of the future. A future that no parent should ever have to try and imagine for their child. What we did not realize at the time was just how intensive Justin's journey was going to be. That Justin's treatments would be 5 days a week and just how much they would affect him and how much extra care he would need. In light of this, we have amended the target on this page.

What we also could never have predicted is the amazing outpouring of love and support from our friends, family, colleagues and community. We have been so amazingly touched and blessed by you all and words just don't seem sufficient to express our gratitude. From the very bottom of our hearts we thank you for making a difference to Justin and the rest of our family's life.

With love and gratitude,
The Easdale Family
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Update 7
42 months ago
It was a bit of a heartbreaking day yesterday on our journey. The treatments are really starting to affect Justin. He woke up from a nap to find big clumps of his hair falling out. Due to the intense radiation, his scalp is so sensitive and sore that he doesn't want us to shave off his hair. It's so hard to watch our brave little man being so lethargic and weak all the time. He barely eats anything due to always feeling nauseous. Please keep him in your prayers for strength, comfort and health. It means so much to us all. He absolutely loves to hear about all the wonderful people out there that are praying for him.

Don't forget, if you can come to the Benefit Dinner, tickets need to be purchased ahead of time at https://justins-journey.ticketbud.com/benefit-dinner We would really love it if you could make it.
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Update 6
42 months ago
We are excited to announce that we are going to be having a Benefit Dinner for Justin! Tickets are on sale now! There will be food, raffle prizes, and a silent auction with some great items!

The Dinner will be held at Westside Church on March 23 from 5:30pm - 8pm. Tickets are just $10 and need to be purchased at https://justins-journey.ticketbud.com/benefit-dinner

We sincerely hope you join us for food and fun as we continue on Justin's Journey. Everyone's love, support and prayers have been incredibly uplifting and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Reserve your seats today and we'll see you there!

With Love,
Jeff, Jill, Justin and Jax Easdale
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Teresa Scruton
43 months ago

We think of Justin, his parents and brother daily. I wanted you to know that Justin and his family will be in our prayers from now on.

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Michelle Lamb Fulton
43 months ago

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

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$7,765 of $15k goal

Raised by 105 people in 43 months
Created January 26, 2013
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David Menzies
35 months ago

I'm a friend of Beck Jo Martins and saw the picture of the young boy on Jeff's Facebook page. Glad I can help in a modest way.

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41 months ago
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Lucie Dowling
41 months ago
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Adrieene Richard
41 months ago
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Tom Barry Jr
41 months ago

Praying for you young fella and your folks.

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Miranda Edmonds
41 months ago
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41 months ago
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Michelle Lamb Fulton
41 months ago

You are all always in my thoughts and prayers.

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Jim Lee
41 months ago

Get well Justin, everyone loves you

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Teresa Scruton
43 months ago

We think of Justin, his parents and brother daily. I wanted you to know that Justin and his family will be in our prayers from now on.

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Michelle Lamb Fulton
43 months ago

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

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