At the age of 9 months, our perfect, cheerful, bouncing baby boy was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. It is a Childhood Cancer that we spent the next four years fighting with Chemotherapy, Surgeries, Sedations, Infections, invasive tests and way too many Pokes.
Thankfully, he is now surviving and thriving and shows no evidence of growth or spread of the Cancer, as of his last tests in March 2016. On the heels of the fight for his son's life against Cancer, Gioi has learned that he, too has Cancer.
Gioi was diagnosed at the tender age of 37 with Advanced Stage T3 Prostate Cancer. We have several options for treatment at this point, none of them easy, but he is confident and prepared to beat this thing! The help and support of family and friends is so appreciated and necessary.
Gioi is a caring father, loving husband, cherished son and brother, and just the nicest guy you could ever meet. It is so unfair that he has been stricken with this disease, after fighting it so long second hand with our son. Not that anyone deserves to be sick, but he is the last person who deserves this!
I am personally devastated and reeling, but I also know we have the strenth to fight, because we have been fighting Cancer for over half our marriage! I wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything, though. Maybe the fight has made us stronger, it certainly hasn't broken us! All I ask is maybe 60 more years with the man of my dreams, my soulmate, the amazing father of my amazing sons!
Gioi's sister and brother created this ribbon to signify the fight against Cancer that father and son have faced together, Gold for Neuroblastoma, Light Blue for Prostate Cancer, Lightning Bolt for striking out cancer and the Lion (Leone) in honor of the strength Gioi weilds: