19 year old basketball player Joey Covarrubias, who is fighting a rare bone cancer, needs your help


Joey Covarrubias is a 19 year old basketball player from Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart who recently signed a letter of intent with Cal State Monterey Bay and also found out that he has a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.  Joey will undergo his first chemotherapy treatment this Thursday and is looking at very tough rough ahead. A road that could use your help and support.

Here’s a link to his GoFundMe page that was setup by his family.  You can help by sharing the link or by donating money that will be used to pay for medical expenses.

Here’s a letter from Joey.

I’m Joey Covarrubias and I am 19 years old. As far as I can remember I have always loved basketball, I began playing it since I was 4 years old. I’ve played throughout elementary, jr. high and high school and my ultimate dream was to play college ball.
During my senior year of high school I was able to grab a scholarship, and was on my way to reaching my goal. Little did I know that I’d hit a road block. About a month before senior year was over I went to the doctor because of something I felt in my chest when I breathed in, and that’s when I received life changing news. After an x-ray the Dr. told me that I had liquid in my lung and that I would need a cat-scan to determine if it was just liquid or blood.

The next day I went to the hospital, did the cat-scan and when the results came back, he said it was blood and that my lung needed to be drained. They scheduled me for surgery, and I was admitted to the hospital to have the blood drained. The morning of the surgery, about an hour before, the Dr. called and spoke to my mom saying that he was not comfortable “going in” because he had taken a closer look at my cat-scan and x-ray and found that the liquid looked more like a mass and he wanted to conduct a biopsy. He did, and my life turned upside down when he came back to my room and said they found a tumor between my lung and my chest cavity wall…and it was malignant.

He explained to me that I had Ewing Sarcoma, which is a rare type of cancer mostly found in children. I was stunned to say the least. The Dr. explained to me that this type of cancer is a “tough road” to recovery but that it was possible and that he felt that I would be okay, but to understand that the process would be a difficult one. He said I needed to be in a good state of mind. Thats easier said than done, but what choice do I have?

I’ve been referred to UCLA for further testing to see what my plan will be. My faith in God will get me through this, and I have been lucky to receive a tremendous amount of support from friends and family. What I’ve learned so far in such a short time is the amazing people out there who are so willing to help, and to you I say thank you.

Source: LA TIMES

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