Joe Howard Cancer Fund
Organized by: Friends of Joe Howard
Joe Howard is a hard working devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
In April of 2015, Joe’s life changed dramatically. It started off as common flu-like symptoms, but within two weeks his health was declining rapidly and he knew it was something more serious. After multiple doctor appointments, his diagnosis was still unclear. Blindsided, Joe had no choice but to go through numerous tests, including a bone marrow biopsy, in hopes of determining the cause of his deteriorating health. The bone marrow test results were in, and it was then, that the cause was clear. AML 4, an acute and aggressive form of Leukemia. He endured many weeks of grueling chemotherapy in the hospital, all while being unable to see his daughter, grandchildren and other family members. Through all of this, Joe has kept a remarkable attitude and the courage of a true fighter. His daughter calls him a Warrior, and knows Cancer has picked the wrong person to battle. His plan was to go back to work after the many weeks of chemotherapy. Recently, he was told he was going to need a bone marrow transplant and would not be able to work for quite some time, up to a year.
As everyone knows, not only dealing with a terminal disease, but to also deal with the loss of income is extremely devastating. The doctors have told him it could be up to two years before they will know if he has accomplished full remission. Our hope is to raise money so that Joe can heal and concentrate on recovery, without the worry of finances. He is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren, wife, daughter, son-in-law and friends, and he hopes someday to be able to return to work. The man with that smile you see in the picture continues to smile, never asks “why me” and accepts that he has been handed this obstacle in life, that he must deal with. He remains focused on his goal with a strong and positive manner. The two beautiful children in the picture are his 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and one year old grandson. They love their Papa and would love many more years of spending time playing with him.
Let’s give his family hope and a chance to keep the man who has worked so hard to live his life fully. Joe’s direct quote, “I have too many things left to do and I don’t believe it is my time.” Let’s help Joe achieve his dream of remission and time with his grandbabies.
Let me tell you why I am starting this fundraiser. Lee, his wife and my friend, my wonderful daughter-in-law, Jayme (Joe’s daughter), my son, and those beautiful grandchildren mentioned earlier miss seeing Joe happy and healthy. I want to help him achieve his dream and get his life back to enjoy with the ones he loves the most.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. -Confucius