David was working as a volunteer undercover investigator against the sexual enslavement of children in Cambodia when he was blindsided by a bus while sitting on a motorcycle. It took him two years to successfully rehabilitate his body. Despite a prognosis he would be forever handicapped, David was one of forty civilian men selected across the country to attend the brutal selection process required to become an Officer in one of the U.S. Military’s Special Operations Communities. He finished despite contracting a very serious lung infection called SIPE (Swimmer Induced Pulmonary Edema). Upon successful completion, he was advised to seek further evaluation and treatment
by a specialist. What he found out: He had completed selection also with an ultra-rare, deadly, and untreatable form of head and neck cancer. He was 27.
David’s form of cancer, like so many, does not respond to chemotherapy and has no approved targeted therapies. Standard treatment is surgery and radiation of the head and neck.
David’s cancer metastasizes usually to a patient’s lungs or brain at which point, without any targeted therapies, patients die within 1-2 years. However, David walked out of his final appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital with a fire and determination. He decided he would not go down without a fight.
“…AND DIE OF NOTHING BUT A RAGE TO LIVE.” – ALEXANDER POPE