Josh’s Story

Site created on July 3, 2018

It started with just a common cold that did not seem to go away. Continuously exhausted, Josh made several trips to the doctors office before they finally ordered blood work. In June, Josh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It was a shock to his family and friends. Our humorous Josh, who works out regularly, loves to go fishing, and gives much of his time helping those struggling with addiction, was suddenly knocked down by cancer. Words can't explain how all of us are feeling right now. He is loved so much!

Treatment quickly started two days after diagnosis. Due to his lengthy and aggressive treatment plan, Josh has to put college at NDSU on hold and will be unable to work. He has to limit contact with people and will not receive any work insurance benefits. Josh has volunteered to be part of a case study. He hopes his case will help advance treatments of future patients and ease their fears. 

We'll do our best to post regular updates on Josh's current condition. Please check back weekly for status updates.

We're all coming together to help Josh win this fight, but we can't do it without you. We need your help too in the form of donations! Without an income or insurance benefits, money is needed to help with expenses. Please check out Josh's GoFundMe page:

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Newest Update

Journal entry by Josh Sanborn

From Lori: As most of you know, it's been a whirlwind for Josh over the last 3 weeks. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and for taking the time to visit with Josh. Josh as been back in the hospital since early this week. He has a rare blood and platelet type that is complicating his treatment. He underwent several rounds of Plasmapheresis which is a process in which the liquid part of the blood, or plasma, is separated from the blood cells and the plasma is treated and then returned to his body. This was done to try to get rid of the antibodies that are attacking the platelets leaving him with very few to help fight any infections. That has not been working but thankfully his mom and his sister are a better match! Jean will be doing a donation today and we are praying the closer match will help fight those antibodies. He was also put on Rituxan. This medication slows the antiplatelet antibody production. He underwent his third round of chemotherapy on Thursday. Thankfully there have been few side effects from the chemo and those have been manageable. I save the best news for last and that is that the Leukemia is responding well to the chemotherapy! Thanks be to God! Josh continues in good spirits and appreciates your thoughts and prayers. Please share his GoFundMe page with family and friends. We are beyond grateful for any and all support!!
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