I met Josh 4 years ago when he first found out he had stage 1 colon cancer. I only imagine the type of man he was before I knew him, because his positive attitude never skipped a beat. He was determined to get the treatment and survive.
The last time I saw Josh he was in remission. He was positive, having t-shirts made that said I kicked cancer's ass. He was open about his embarassment in the beginning and how that led to him delaying going to the doctor. When I moved away Josh was starting a fundraiser urging men not to be embarrassed and to get checked out early.
A few weeks ago I got a call from a friend who told me he had passed away. The cancer had returned and through all his fighting, it took him. Fortunately for Josh, he was surrounded by his friends and family when he passed away.
This October, Crossfit Dogtown and Stand Up 2 Cancer will fight together in Culver City with an internse workout. However, this is not the end goal. In the following weeks I will try and raise funds to stand up for my friends and family who can no longer do so for themselves.
I will stand and fight for Josh, and for all my friends who have stood alone or with others on the battle against cancer.