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This fundraiser ended on 11/15/12

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Family & friends of JD are uniting to raise money to help with his continued battle against testicular cancer. Please show your support!

We met JD a little over 2 years ago as we were planning our move from Virginia to Florida. Our daughter was completely smitten with him and I had a feeling that although she was making the move with us, she would not be staying long. Every month for the next few months one of them made the trip to see the other one and by Christmas they had decided he would come spend the holiday with us and she would be returning with him. We had a nice visit, and then watched as they loaded up her car and drove off right after New Year’s. It was bittersweet, but I knew she was so happy and he would take care of her.  On February 11, 2011 I got a phone call telling me that he had proposed and she said yes!! We were so excited for them. They barely got a chance to enjoy the excitement as a few days later JD was in the emergency room with what he thought was a pulled groin from snowboarding. Unfortunately it wasn’t that easy, he was sent to an Oncologist and told that he had Testicular Cancer. Within a week he was in surgery to remove the testicle and beginning the first of 5 rounds of Chemotherapy. It was such a rough time for them; they were dealing with treatments as well as the financial aspect of not having insurance and the stress weighed heavy on them both. By the time he was done with the Chemotherapy, he had developed nodules in other area’s that they would continue to watch, and a blood clot in his lung but was essentially “cancer-free”. He had to give himself daily shots in the stomach of a blood thinner for a couple of weeks and then see his doctor monthly for a checkup but life returned to as close to normal as it could, and they began planning their wedding, but planned a long engagement.  In January 2012, they decided that they would move the wedding up and be married this year in September.  A few months before the wedding, JD again had familiar pain and went back to the doctor for more testing. The tests showed that he had new spots/nodules that had developed. This time on his spine and kidneys.  Another round of chemo, and then a waiting game. He would go back for another CT scan in one month for a mid-point scan, and then two months later to see if the nodules had responded to the treatment. If they had, then the cancer had returned and he would need more aggressive Chemo. If it had not responded, then they believed it was a Teratoma tumor on the spine and he would need to go to a hospital specializing in surgery to remove the tumor.  The Mid-point scan was in August, and the final one was scheduled for September 24th. The wedding was September 15th, so there would be plenty of time to get everything done and enjoy the festivities before the appointment. They decided they would not take a honeymoon, and instead concentrate on JD getting better before they tried to take any trip. JD wasn’t feeling well the days leading up to the wedding, but it was obvious he wasn’t going to let anything ruin this day for them. Three days after the wedding, JD had trouble sleeping and was doubled up in pain. We took him to the emergency room and spent the day waiting for more test results and a CT scan. When the oncologist finally came in he told us that it is the cancer and they would need to start another round of chemo, another round of blood thinners and that they want to send him to Indianapolis for a bone marrow transplant. The cancer had come back more aggressively and was on the spine along a blood vessel. They installed a port in his chest to receive higher doses, and he is currently on his second round of Chemo. They have already made one trip to Indianapolis for a consultation. He will need to return there in a few weeks to begin the transplant process, and is expected to be there for 8 weeks. JD has been unable to work since the wedding, and will not be able to return to work for several months at this point. And although he does have insurance, it will not come close to covering everything they will face in medical bills, prescriptions and certainly not the expense of traveling to another state that is 10 hours away for several weeks. He will be an outpatient so he will also have lodging to consider. Amanda’s employer is being very understanding and is giving her the time off (6 weeks) without if affecting her position, but with no pay so unless we can find a way to help them with even the everyday expenses making that trip will be very hard on them. Nobody should have to choose between having to work or being with their loved one while they are going through something like this. JD is the love of my daughter’s life, and sitting in that church watching them say their vows and become husband and wife I have no doubt that she is the love of his life as well. We want to do everything we possibly can to help them beat this and have the long wonderful life they deserve. They have already been through so much in their young lives, and it is heartbreaking to see them struggle and hurt like they have. We need your help to make this happen. Anything you can give would mean the world to us, JD’s parents and JD & Amanda themselves
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