Help Joshua Lipana Fight Cancer
Although our efforts did not save him, they did lighten his burden as he fought this killer, and they let him know that he was loved by many, which made a huge difference to him in his final days. Thank you all for your generous contributions to his battle. You helped Joshua and his family not only financially but also spiritually.
As I wrote on my Facebook page, Joshua was barely at the beginning of what should have been a 60-year career and a long life, yet he had already accomplished more intellectually than most people do in a lifetime. I'm fortunate to have known him"”and we're all fortunate to have his example to live by.
Live fully and boldly. That's what to take from this. That is Joshua's legacy.
I spoke with Joshua yesterday, and there is some good news. He's has had three sessions of chemotherapy in the past several days, and his doctors say the treatments have killed a substantial amount of the leukemia. They are, however, concerned that a lot of the cancer is still "hiding" in Joshua's bone marrow, so he will need many more treatments in the weeks to come.
The chemo he is currently receiving is a relatively mild formula because his heart is weak due to various complications over the past few weeks (pneumonia, edema, deep vein thrombosis, etc.). As his health with respect to those complications improves, his doctors will increase the strength of the chemo meds and hopefully kill all of the leukemia over time.
The cost for Joshua's hospital stay and treatments since he checked into St. Luke's has been about $2,400 per day. So, although we have raised about $18,000 since the cancer relapsed, that money has been spent and we need to raise much more.
If you've not yet donated to help Joshua fight leukemia, please consider making a donation today. If you've already donated, please consider contributing again. Even small donations help.
You can contribute via Joshua's GoFundMe campaign or PayPal or check. And if you donate $25 or more and would like some cookies for your generosity, just let Brittney and Ashley know, and they'll send you a box of their homemade goodies ( http://on.fb.me/114fZ0V).
Thank you for your consideration. "”Craig Biddle
Although Joshua is in a better hospital and under the care of U.S.-trained doctors, his condition is worsening. His diagnosis has been adjusted from lymphoma to leukemia, specifically, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) ( http://bit.ly/bfrB7); he has severe edema ( http://bit.ly/IRSKq) and deep vein thrombosis ( http://bit.ly/TgwEK); and he is now in the coronary care unit because of possible heart failure associated with the above complications.
ALL has been beaten, and Joshua's MO is, of course, "Nothing Less than Victory." But beating this wretched thing is going to be a long, torturous, and expensive ordeal; and, to do it, Joshua is going to need a lot of spiritual support and financial assistance.
Please show your support for Joshua by letting him know that your thoughts are with him; you can leave him a note on his Facebook page. And please make a donation or an additional donation to help defray the astronomical costs of fighting and hopefully beating leukemia.
You can donate via Joshua's GoFundMe campaign ( http://bit.ly/PrQ2zp) or PayPal or check. And if you donate $25 or more and would like some cookies for your generosity, just let Brittney and Ashley know, and they'll send you a box of their homemade goodies ( http://on.fb.me/114fZ0V).
Thank you for your consideration. "”Craig Biddle
Joshua's doctors have determined that his immune system is severely compromised and that he needs to be in an isolation room. Because all of the isolation rooms at The Medical City are presently occupied, Joshua has been transferred to St. Luke's Medical Center ( http://bit.ly/zMI8LW), which is reputed to be one of the best hospitals in the Philippines.
I spoke with Joshua this morning, and he says St. Luke's is clean and the service has been good so far. Although he is still wrestling with pneumonia and his legs are severely swollen (due to a protein deficiency for which he is receiving medication), he reports that he feels better simply by virtue of being in the new and apparently better hospital.
Joshua is scheduled to have a port-a-cath installed tomorrow to enable the delivery of his chemotherapy and other medications; and his new rounds of chemo will begin as soon as his doctors are confidant that his pneumonia is sufficiently under control for him to withstand the treatment.
In the past few days, the "Help Joshua Lipana Fight Cancer" campaign ( http://bit.ly/PrQ2zp) has raised more than $12,000, and Joshua extends a profound "Thank you!" to everyone who has donated. In addition to helping him pay his ever-mounting bills, this outpouring of support is helping him summon confidence that he can beat this disease.
I too want to thank everyone who has donated. But I also want to emphasize that, although $12,000 sounds like a lot of money, in the face of Joshua's coming expenses, this is a drop in the bucket. If you've not yet donated to help Joshua fight this killer, please consider doing so now. If you've already donated and can afford to donate more, please do. Every dollar makes it more likely that he can beat this thing and live.
You can donate via Joshua's GoFundMe campaign ( http://bit.ly/PrQ2zp) or PayPal or check. And, courtesy of Brittney Rivera and Ashley Roy's "Tough Cookies for Cancer" campaign ( http://on.fb.me/114fZ0V), if you donate $25 or more and want some yummy cookies for your generosity, just let them know and they'll ship 'em your way.
Thank you. "”Craig Biddle
Joshua is a young giant with a benevolent attitude who deserves our support.
I hope the best for you!! I just lost my uncle to Burkitts Lymphoma and now I'm losing my battle to Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. God Bless You and keep Your Faith, Chris
Real hero's need our help! Joshua is a real hero! I hope you will find it in your heart to give even if it is just a little, every little bit helps! Thank you
Help Joshua with his fight against T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a true hero needs our help!
Seeing the outpour of support for my brother is absolutely overwhelming. We are so, so grateful for your help. Thank you so much, everyone.