Help UT PhD student Josh Hodge fight brain cancer!

For: Josh Hodge
Birmingham, AL
Organizer: Erica Spencer
Help UT PhD student Josh Hodge fight brain cancer! (Josh Hodge)
$27,938
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 241 donors
55% Complete

The Story

Josh is a loving husband and father to our sweet 22 month old Hazel. His diagnosis of Stage 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer comes on the heels of a complicated pregnancy, the loss of Hazel's twin sister, Harper, and Hazel's diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.

Josh is recovering from surgery in Birmingham where they were able to remove the tumor successfully but unfortunately, there is a long battle ahead and significant ongoing medical expenses.

Treatment will take place in Birmingham, at UAB, while Josh continues to write his dissertation with UT Knoxville.

You have asked how you can help.  In addition to the calls, cards, pictures, thoughts and prayers we have set up this site. Your financial support will go straight to Josh's medical bills and recovery.

We love you all!!! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 14, 2017

Posted on August 14, 2017

Hi everyone,

I have just learned that the radiation and chemotherapy treatments will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15th. These will continue for 42 days (6 weeks), then I will have a 4 week break before beginning a new cycle of 5 days on chemo, 23 days off. More updates to come as treatment commences.    

Thanks, again, for all the love and support. Please continue to share our site and our story. 

One love,

Josh 


Posted on August 5, 2017

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Posted on August 5, 2017

Dear friends and family, 

I need you all to know that I have felt deeply this incredible outpouring of love and support over the last two weeks that has put us over our initial goal of $25,000 for medical expenses. And yet, since we have no idea how much my treatment will cost and because Erica is playing the dual role of mother to our sweet Hazel Leigh and caretaker to me, we are raising the fundraising goal to $50,000. Please continue to share this site and our story with anyone and everyone.

Thank you all so very much for providing such financial security and giving my family a huge release from the stresses of this disease and its requisite shaky future. Some have been surprised by this flood of money, love, and prayers that so many from my past and present have contributed. I have not. Erica and I have cultivated relationships with a vast array of people -- in Birmingham, Knoxville, Auburn, and West Virginia, to name a few -- and we have full confidence and an entrenched belief in the power of human love. To those I know, knew, and have never met: THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts.  

The roots of this affection that binds all of us – cultivated collectively, over time – run so deep, and your unrelenting support, to me, represents those “better angels of our nature” that Abraham Lincoln spoke of in 1861 in his first Presidential Address. Two years later, in his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln enshrined the “last full measure of devotion” that soldiers at that bloody battle gave with their lives, all in the name of freedom and equality for a renewed Union. 

Now, my own life is committed to replicating that “full measure” in every possible moment, all in the name of love. In response to a poem, I expressed this to a dear friend after my diagnosis and surgery:   

It is striking that we have so little to give, so small a contribution to reconstitute the world that constantly devours itself, it seems. In my new life, I've found that a “full measure” is all we can have anymore. No more half days. No more partial acts. Every day, every conversation, every stranger, and every dear friend we must engage with reckless abandonment. Life [and love] is all we have.

Please, everyone, continue to share this site and our story. This is not a call for more money from those who have already given, but a reassessment of what will be required of us financially for the future. It is a new call to those who have yet to hear. Spread the word and let’s keep this going. 

Thanks to all who have given; I mean that with the utmost sincerity and deepest gratitude. You all have been a beacon of light through some dark nights and choppy waters. It has sustained my commitment to beating this disease and maintained my rebellion against a dire prognosis. I am feeling good, recovering well, and ready for treatment. 

Deepest love and full measures to all, 

Josh  


Posted on August 1, 2017

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Posted on August 1, 2017

Yesterday Josh met with the neuro oncologist and they laid out the next step in his fight. He will be receiving 6 weeks of chemo and radiation with a short period of rest before diving back into chemo only. The doctor felt optimistic that with Josh's age and immune system he had a good chance of making it to remission, even if just short lived. They are prepared for when the cancer returns as well by doing thorough genetic testing that will help with the further understanding of this cancer and placement in experimental treatment programs. We continue to express our gratitude for all the love, prayers, cards, and donations that we have receive. Keep us in your hearts. ❤️

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