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"The Cowboy" Lucas Weaver needs our help. Please show your support and stand by Lucas as he fights an uphill battle vs. Cancer. Thank you!

My name is Lucas James Weaver. I am 28 years-young and a life-long, locally grown resident of Newark, CA. I thrive on the simple things in life: a Giants baseball game, watching my 49ers play, relaxing with a good movie, hanging out at our local bar with friends, listening to country music, and playing in a poker league. I work as an electrician. I love life and enjoy the little things that matter, like my family, friends and our family dogs. My favorite food is my Moms home-made spaghetti, she is my favorite cook. Over my 28 years of life, I have had many experiences, both joyful and heart breaking. Nothing I experienced throughout my life could have prepared me for finding a lump this past July on one of my two closest friends. When I found that lump, I made an appointment to see a doctor right away, I mean after all, when is finding a lump not worrisome, right?

I put a few dollars aside to pay for my visit, unfortunately I do not have health insurance. I went into that appointment, praying for good news but by the end of the week, I received devastating news. How could I be just 28 years old and have Testicular Cancer? What could I have done to prevent this? Really, there is nothing I could have done. Testicular Cancer strikes anytime between the ages of 15-35, it gives little notice, and can be aggressive. Within a few short weeks, I had my surgery. With the help of some incredible folks at the poker league, we were able to soften the financial burden of the surgery some by holding fundraisers and tournaments where the money we made went straight to my parents line of credit, which they maxed out in order to help me. It was so hard to lose a part of me, not to mention worry about how everything was going to get paid for, when will I be able to return to work and just simply, a return to normalcy. Shortly after my surgery, I had to go back in for a scan to make sure I was in the clear. More devastating news. Now I was in for the fight of my life. I cannot treat this cancer with radiation, I have to go straight into chemo therapy. My family and I talked with the hospitals and insurance companies. We discussed payment options with everyone. How is a person supposed to afford either the few insurance options available, that are so incredibly expensive, that wont even cover my illness? The other option I have is to pay out-of-pocket for my treatments an astounding sum of $25,000, the equivalent to a poor mans yearly salary, such as myself.

I do not have a year to come up with that kind of funding. This is where you, my friends, family and friends-of-friends and family come in. In order to even start my chemo treatments, I need $2,500, then each subsequent treatment is an additional $1,000. My life cannot afford to wait until I raise this kind of funding from my own pocket, and further drain my family of their credit line as we are still paying off the surgery. I ask that you look into your hearts and into your own financial situations, and see what you can afford to donate. It does not need to be a life-changing amount of money, we all have struggles in these times and each persons situation is different. However, I ask, if you can afford $5 or $500, please help in whatever ways you can, ask your friends and family if they can also help. My life depends on it.

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