Boyd Strong

$17,722 of $30k goal

Raised by 175 people in 28 months
Jennifer Warthen Johnson  GREENVILLE, NC
John Lukas Boyd, most of us know him as Luke, is someone who has always been a pillar of strength in whatever situation he faces.  Not only has he played countless hours of football in high school as well as with East Carolina University, but he has served our country honorably in the United States Navy as a SAR (Search and Rescue) swimmer, also known as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR).  Their motto is “So Others May Live”.  Aside from all of that, he is also a wonderful husband to Gabrielle and a proud father to three of the most beautiful little girls: Dana, Sarah, and Ellie.  

 

On the 3rd of July, Luke went to the emergency room at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Arizona with back and stomach pains. After a CAT scan, the doctors determined that there was an obstruction in his bowel and two lesions on his liver.  They did surgery on Sunday, July 6th with hopes of removing the bowel obstruction.  Unfortunately they were not able to remove it and closed him up leaving him with a colostomy bag.   Then the unimaginable happened.  He was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.   Many tests were done and after a MRI, they also found that the cancer has moved to his pelvis, spine, and right femur.  Needless to say, after spending several days in the hospital in Arizona recovering from surgery, he was flown home to Greenville via medical transport and is currently at Vidant Medical Center awaiting the beginning of his chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Upon arriving at Vidant, he was met by a team of doctors and has already consulted with an oncologist and radiologist.  The good news is that there is a colon cancer team at Vidant Medical Center and they have taken an interest in this case.  Unfortunately, the bad news is that Luke cannot walk around; for fear that the cancer may cause his leg to break.  Although Luke is still in a lot of pain, he has a positive attitude.  Thankfully, he is strong and young, which are in his favor.  Luke and his family appreciate all the thoughts and prayers.  Unfortunately, visitors are limited at this time.  Cards are always welcome. 



Luke has saved countless people over the years, so now it is our turn.  Please help this wonderful man and his family with the cost of this lengthy treatment.  Any and all help will be appreciated.
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Update 7
Posted by Jennifer Warthen Johnson
23 months ago
A Message from Gabrielle: As most of you already know, Heaven gained an angel last night. My Lukas passed away and I take comfort in knowing he no longer is in pain. I know he will be our girls special guardian angel, tuck them in and give hugs and kisses everynight. It was my honor and privilege to share his life and be the mother if his children. He trusts me to take care of them and raise them with his values and love for life which I will do to the best of my ablities. They say God doesn't make mistakes, but I can't help but think he's made one this time. I know He has a reason for taking Lukas and some day I hope to know what it is. (BTW God, it better be a hell of a good reason or we're gonna a have words) I will miss the love of my life everyday until God sees fit to take me as well. "Rest in peace knowing that we will be OK and your memory will never fade, I love you John Lukas Boyd" Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and continued support.
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Update 6
Posted by Jennifer Warthen Johnson
23 months ago
Update on Luke (Message from Gabrielle): First I want to say sorry for not updating more and sooner. Been pretty busy these days. To let you know, he has been in the hospital for almost a week now. He came in complaining of pain in his lower abdominal area and pain with his left hip and leg. When we got here they discovered he had fluid blockages that the doc says it's Ascites due to low albumin. Once they put him on pain meds he started throwing up and a couple days later they changed his meds and that has stopped. They also found through scans that his left hip has fractures and will be going in for surgery today to have a rod placed in his femor for reinforcement. He had the same surgery back in June on his right hip and femor. Please continue with the prayers. Thank you all so much for the love and support. We love you all!- Gabrielle
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Update 5
Posted by Jennifer Warthen Johnson
25 months ago
After 14 straight treatments, Lukas got to ring the "Last Radiation Treatment" bell yesterday at Leo Jenkins. How awesome is that!

Thank you again for all your prayers, support, and generous donations. Please continue to share our journey with others.

Thank you.

Boyd Strong
Ringing of the Bell
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Update 4
Posted by Jennifer Warthen Johnson
28 months ago
Boyd Strong!!! Thank you to everyone for your donations, prayers, and words of encouragement! You are awesome!
Boyd Strong!
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Kristen Ashley
23 months ago

Josh Garrells song "farther along" listen to the words carefully. I hope it helps.

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Teresa Geib Bacon
28 months ago

Great pic of the family! Praying for Wisdom, Courage, Strength today! Blessings to all

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$17,722 of $30k goal

Raised by 175 people in 28 months
Created July 18, 2014
Jennifer Warthen Johnson  
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Love the Mills family

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Jim Harvey
23 months ago

Just another fan of Lukas. My deepest condolences to his family. He was a truly great guy.

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23 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the Boyd family. May God bless all of you

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Linnea Stevens and Freeman Family
23 months ago

We will continue to keep you and your beautiful daughters in our prayers

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Kristen Ashley
23 months ago

Josh Garrells song "farther along" listen to the words carefully. I hope it helps.

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Teresa Geib Bacon
28 months ago

Great pic of the family! Praying for Wisdom, Courage, Strength today! Blessings to all

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