Two events are being planned for Ethan Jostad. A benefit BBQ is tentatively planned for Thursday, Aug. 4 and the 3rd annual Ethan Jostad Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at the White City fields. The BBQ and tournament and the need to raise funds is incredibly important as Ethan’s cancer has returned in a most aggressive manner.
It was Aug. 6, 2009 when Ethan, then seven years old, was diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). Over the last two years he has been treated at Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital in Portland, at Sloan-Kettering in Manhattan, New York and with doctors and hospitals in Medford. RMS is very rare. After nearly two years, scans showed he was clear as recent as April.
But that has changed, almost overnight. As of June 21, scans showed the cancer has returned and is in the bones of his legs, in his chest cavity and above his kidney.
Research by Ethan’s parents, Kim and Chris, gives them some glimmer of hope with a clinic in Houston, Texas. However, the treatment is $15,000 a month, and insurance does not cover it. They are submitting his files to the Houston clinic.
“People say money can’t buy you happiness and honestly I disagree” said Kim. “That could make the world of difference right now for us.”
The BBQ will be held at 9800 Hwy. 62 (corner of Hwy.62 and Shasta). More details will be available at a booth friends of Ethan will have in downtown Eagle Point on July 4th. And read the Independent for additional details.
The entry fee per team for the softball tournament is $180. The entry fee can be sent to URCR/Ethan’s Tourney, P.O. Box 126, Eagle Point, OR 97524. Each team is guaranteed to play three games. At this time there is no deadline for registering, but the sooner the better. Vendors and donations for raffle items for this event are needed. For donations and/or information contact Wendy Gorman at 541-830-0656 or 541-840-0539. Or visit All4Ethan@yahoo.com
If you do not play baseball, but want to help the family, donations may be made to their PayPal account. Visit www.paypal.com, under Home Screen, select Send Money, and their account is: firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have an account at any Rogue Federal Credit Union.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent