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Journal entry by Rachel Lee

It has been one month since Joseph passed away.  There are some days I just don't have the words, and today is one of those days.  So we'll share this video celebrating Joseph's life, along with a beautiful note (see video commentsfrom a dear friend who was there the night he stepped into eternity.  Love you, Joseph.  We miss your laugh, your smile, and your heart, and we can't wait to see you again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwbclflyWJY&t=236s
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Journal entry by Rachel Lee

The burial and graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:00 am:

Enon Cemetery, Woodstock, GA
 
There is no street address for the cemetery, but directions can be obtained through Google Maps or Waze by entering "Enon Cemetery, Woodstock."  It is at the corner of Ridgewalk Parkway and Main Street, across from Cherokee Recreation & Parks - 7545 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188.

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Journal entry by DeLee Eden

There will be a live stream of Joseph's funeral on his Facebook page on Monday, May 14, at 12:30 pm EST. This will allow friends, family, and co-workers around the world who can't attend the service to be able to see it live.

 

You do not have to be friends with Joseph in order to view the live stream. His page will be made public during the funeral.

Journal entry by Rachel Lee

A loving and dedicated son, brother and friend, Arthur Joseph Lee, age 29, shed himself of his earthly body and took his first refreshing breath of heavenly air on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.
 
Joseph was born in Chamblee, Georgia on January 31, 1989 to Arthur R. “Bob” and Joyce Lee. He is preceded in death by his Grandfather, Lorenzo A. Williams. He is survived by his mother and father, his loving and devoted sister Rachel C Lee of Lawrenceville, GA, his grandparents Helena L (Dorman) Williams of Kennesaw, GA, Arthur E and Roberta L (Redman) Lee of Columbus, OH, and a host of relatives and dear friends.
 
At the age of 5, Joseph made the most important decision of his life and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the 1994 Billy Graham Crusade at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. He is a lifetime member of First Baptist Atlanta. He is a graduate of The Kings Academy, Woodstock, GA. Joseph went to the University of Georgia for two years, became a Cobb County Police Officer, worked in the security field, and applied himself to learning everything he could concerning protective and tactical services. He became a Special Task Force Security Agent of the United States of America worked for two private security contractors in Kuwait, first Triple Canopy and then For URS, a Division of AECOM.
 
Overlapping his accomplishments was his battle with alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast growing childhood cancer. He was diagnosed first at the age of 11, then 17 and finally at 29. He fought with all he had until God lovingly took him into his arms.
 
Visitation and funeral will be Monday, May 14, 2018. Visitation:  10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Decision Room. Funeral service: 12:30 in the church sanctuary. First Baptist Church Atlanta, 4400 North Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30338. (There will be signs directing you for parking and entrance to the building.)
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CURE Childhood Center, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338 or online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org OR to the family's GoFundMe site at https://www.gofundme.com/joseph-lee

Journal entry by DeLee Eden

FUNERAL INFORMATION FOR JOSEPH

The visitation and funeral will be Monday, May 142018:

First Baptist Church Atlanta
4400 North Peachtree Road 
Atlanta, GA 30338

(There will be signs directing you for parking and entrance to the building)

 Visitation:  10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Decision Room.

The funeral service: 12:30 in the church sanctuary.

Please do not bring meals to the church. The family meal following the funeral has already been taken care of by friends. If you would like to help with meals as the family rests the next few weeks, you can sign up at:

https://mealtrain.com/o33m6l

Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home will be handling arrangements and will carry the obituary for Joseph.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

CURE Childhood Cancer
200 Ashford Center North Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338 or online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org

BE SURE TO NOTE: "In memory of Joseph Lee"

OR
The family's Go Fund Me site to help with expenses (including care for Joseph's grandma Helen)

https://www.gofundme.com/joseph-lee


BURIAL INFORMATION:

The burial and graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:00 am:

Enon Cemetery, Woodstock, GA

There is no street address for the cemetery, but directions can be obtained through Google Maps or Waze by entering "Enon Cemetery, Woodstock."  It is off of Highway5/Canton Road/Main Street, north of East Cherokee Drive. (Government buildings are across the road.)

 

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Journal entry by DeLee Eden

Dear Friends,

 

Joseph's funeral will be on Monday at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Details are still being worked out and I will send an update with visitation and funeral times. (It will likely be a morning visitation on Monday and 12:00 or 1:00 funeral.)

 

Many have asked how they can be of help to the family. Right now one of their biggest needs is for caregivers for Joyce's mom who is bedridden and has dementia. The family has CNA caregivers scheduled for the next several days, but have need of volunteers to stay with the caregiver and Miss Helen on Monday during the time the family is away for the funeral.

 

Volunteering to stay with Miss Helen on Monday would be a true gift of sacrifice and love to this family as they know everyone who loved Joseph wants to attend his funeral. More than one volunteer will probably be needed since the day could be quite long with the visitation and funeral both on Monday, a family meal at the church, plus travel time. The plan is to schedule shifts for volunteers to stay with the CNA and Miss Helen throughout the day on Monday.

 

Specifics for volunteering: 

 

Must be a woman (Miss Helen will not allow a man to touch her)

Must be strong enough (with no physical problems like weak back or neck) to assist in moving Miss Helen from the bed to wheelchair in the morning, and wheelchair to bed in the late afternoon. (This is to help prevent bed sores.)

Must be willing to assist in turning her in the bed for CNA to change bedding, clothing, etc.

Ladies needed for these shifts: 9-12, 12-3, 3-until family's return (most likely before 6:00 pm).

 

The CNA would be in charge of actual clean-up of Miss Helen, her meals, and other needs. The volunteers would be there to assist when needed and to simply be another person present in the house, since the caregiver is new to the situation and somewhat unknown by the family.

 

If you are willing to help meet this need, please reply to this email with your name, phone number, and time of availability. I will be in touch to confirm if you are needed. 

 

Thank you so much!

 

DeLee

 

Journal entry by Rachel Lee

From Joseph's Facebook:

It might be back again. Please keep my family in your prayers because we don’t need round 3 of cancer. I’ve having SEVERE issues breathing and just walking to the bathroom feels like a marathon, I wish I was exaggerating. I will keep you all posted, thank you for your prayers! With God anything is possible!

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.lee.3551/videos/10214678771419395/?l=7195416168353296673

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Site created on April 30, 2018


For a link to GO FUND ME to make a financial contribution:  Click on "Ways to Help" below.


Meal Train link to sign up to bring a meal for the family and caregivers:      https://mealtrain.com/o33m6l
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Welcome to Joseph's CaringBridge website. 

It has been provided to keep our friends and family updated about Joseph's battle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. In September of 2001 we discovered a lump in his left forearm. The doctors originally thought it was just a lipoma, no big deal. He underwent various scans and finally a biopsy on October 18, 2001, that revealed it was some form of cancer. The pathology report came back a few days later and it verified it was alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. The MRI and CT scan revealed the cancer had also moved to the lymph nodes in the same arm (left). A 42-week protocal of VAC chemotherapy was started on November 1, 2001. He had his last Chemo treatment on August 23, 2002. During  that time he had surgery to remove the tumor from the forearm and also remove the lymph nodes from the armpit. The surgery was performed in February 2002 and was followed by 4 1/2 weeks of radiation therapy. Since that time Joseph has been blessed with four years of remission. 

In August 2006, after four great years of remission, a tumor showed up in Joseph's left bicep during his regular six month MRI scans. It was confirmed as a return of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He started a 50-week protocol of chemotherapy on August 29, 2006. The chemo drugs in this protocol were Vincristine, Irinotecan, Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Ifosfamide, and Etoposide.


In April 2018, Joseph returned home from working overseas after having extreme problems breathing, and receiving a chest x-ray showing innumerable spots on his lungs.  He arrived at Hartsfield on Thursday the 26th, and was rushed via ambulance to the hospital.  On Friday, he began chemo.  Chemo cocktail drugs are vincristine, ifosfamide and etoposide.  A biopsy will be needed to confirm if he has the same form of cancer a 3rd time, or something new.

Please feel free to leave an encouraging message here for Joseph and his family.  Gain hope by reviewing his brave journey by visiting the link below (his old CaringBridge site) and scrolling the "past journal entries".

http://caringbridgeclassic.org/ga/josephlee/


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