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The Family and friends of David Stinecipher are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against cancer. Please show your support!

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Davids life has changed dramatically. Not just physically but financially, mentally, and emotionally. Before being diagnosed, David lived a life everyone could dream of. He lived in the mountains of Sacramento, New Mexico where he would hand feed the wild deer from the Lincoln National Forest. He loved the animals and kept them fed. He worked in the oil field as a mud logger to support his family. David is Married with 4 Kids and 2 grandkids. David loves traveling and makeing new friends. He was involved with his community and his family. Its been awhile since David has seen most of his family. Diagnosis of cancer to the head and neck can be particularly overwhelming. After all, this area of the body performs vital functions, such as breathing, communicating and swallowing. Malignant cells form within the larynx (voice box), which houses the vocal cords that vibrate when air flows between them. This vibration resonates through the throat and is modified by the structures within the mouth and nose to produce voice and speech sounds. Due to continued advancements within the medical field, many types of cancer can be treated with chemotherapy or radiation.
However, in extreme cases like Davids, the only lifesaving solution was to perform a total laryngectomy, which was the removal of his voicebox. Since airflow is directed through the larynx and vocal cords for breathing, it was necessary to create a new route during surgery.
The trachea (windpipe), which was originally attached to the larynx, was reconnected to a stoma (hole) created in his neck. After the laryngectomy, David breathes through his neck and bypasses his throat, mouth and nose..A person’s voice is the most definitive way of expressing thoughts, needs and emotions to friends, loved ones
and the world.. Davids life has changed not only for him, but for his wife Deb (who has been at his side and has kept him alive) his kids and the grandchildren. David started Chemo "AGAIN". The first Chemo treatments really took a toll on him and knowing he is doing it again. Its hard..... David is a cancer fighter and will be a survivor.. Please show your support and help David and his family through this difficult time in their lives.

Thank You from the bottom of our hearts,
The Stinecipher Family
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