Help Joshua Lipana Fight Cancer

$42,457 of $50k goal

Raised by 487 people in 51 months

In June 2012, twenty-year-old Joshua Lipana was diagnosed with T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and a 5-inch-by-2-inch tumor in his chest. After seven months of intensive chemotherapy, CT scans showed remarkable improvements and indicated that Joshua's lymphoma was in remission, and the tumor had been reduced to scar tissue. Two months later, however, in March, 2013, a bone marrow biopsy showed that the lymphoma had relapsed. Joshua is now in a hospital in the Philippines, with pneumonia, preparing for more chemotherapy. 

Physically and spiritually, Joshua is better prepared now to fight the lymphoma than he was when it first surfaced. As he wrote in a recent email, "I'm now in a much better position to beat this thing, since I don't have a 5-inch tumor and a liter of fluid in my lungs." In addition to being physically stronger, he is psychologically more prepared because he knows the hell that is coming (many sessions of chemo), and he knows that he can get through it. But, to beat this thing, Joshua needs financial help.

When we initiated this funding campaign in July, 2012, we set the goal at $25,000. We knew that Joshua's medical expenses ultimately would be much greater than that, but we wanted to set a goal that seemed achievable and that would substantially defray his expenses. We've almost reached that original goal, and the funds we've raised to date have helped Joshua to pay his prior medical expenses. (A huge "Thank you!" to everyone who has donated so far.) But, with this relapse, Joshua's new expenses are mounting rapidly and will continue to do so for some time. To cover the costs and beat this wretched disease, Joshua needs a great deal more financial help. So we have raised the goal to $50,000. 

Please help this heroic young man defeat this killer. Joshua's goal is to get back to living"”which, for him, means fighting for your and my rights (see http://bit.ly/YJz9Lr for an indication). Viewed in this light, our donations are investments.

If you've not yet made a contribution to help Joshua, please consider making one today. If you've already made a donation and can afford to make another, please do. Donations of any size help.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Craig Biddle

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Update 9
41 months ago

I'm sorry to report that Joshua died yesterday after a heroic, nine-month battle against 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.
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Update 8
41 months ago

**UPDATE**

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
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Update 7
42 months ago

**UPDATE**

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
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Update 6
42 months ago

**UPDATE**

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
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Randy Szabla
49 months ago

Joshua is a young giant with a benevolent attitude who deserves our support.

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Chris Collins
50 months ago

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

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John Anderson
50 months ago

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

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John Anderson
50 months ago

Help Joshua with his fight against T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a true hero needs our help!

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Gabie Tanjutco
50 months ago

Seeing the outpour of support for my brother is absolutely overwhelming. We are so, so grateful for your help. Thank you so much, everyone.

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$42,457 of $50k goal

Raised by 487 people in 51 months
Created July 20, 2012
NK
$25
Nell Kroeger
41 months ago

I'm sure there are still expenses to be paid, so I'm making this small contribution even though Joshua is no longer with us, and hope that others will have the same thought.

AK
$10
ajay kotian
41 months ago
AH
$100
Alex Holland
41 months ago

Thank you for the great job that you do championing reason, individualism, Capitalism, etc. I look forward to reading your work for many years to come.

SM
$200
Stu McDonald
41 months ago
JM
$200
James McAvoy
41 months ago
SB
$300
Stephen Bailey
41 months ago

Keep fighting Joshua. Your life is worth it!

DM
$50
David McGruer
41 months ago

Don't give up the world.

$25
Anonymous
41 months ago
$50
Anonymous
41 months ago
$50
Amlan Gupta
41 months ago

Continue to get better Joshua.

Randy Szabla
49 months ago

Joshua is a young giant with a benevolent attitude who deserves our support.

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Chris Collins
50 months ago

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

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John Anderson
50 months ago

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

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John Anderson
50 months ago

Help Joshua with his fight against T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a true hero needs our help!

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Gabie Tanjutco
50 months ago

Seeing the outpour of support for my brother is absolutely overwhelming. We are so, so grateful for your help. Thank you so much, everyone.

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