Update of Joshua’s battle- Indie Author’s Unite for Joshua

The Joshua tree

The Joshua tree

Here is the latest update from Indie author Maxwell Cynn on the struggle his son Joshua is going through as he fights a terrible disease. Joshua is winning but still has some major struggles to come.

The fund raiser for Joshua ends this month and we’re almost at the goal set. Read the following letter Max sent out and put Joshua in your thoughts! Everything you do helps Joshua’s mind, body and spirit! Feel the love. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/indiesuniteforjoshua and help if you can. You are loved.

Keep Tweeting, Posting, Praying and tell all your friends to lend a hand for Joshua!

Don’t forget to use the Twitter tag line #IndiesUnite4Joshua

From Maxwell Cynn:

Joshua is nearly half-way through the main course of his chemotherapy treatment. He survived the initial, intensive assault against the cancer, known as “Induction.” It stopped his heart, caused his kidneys to fail, and made his hair fall out, but he survived. And he’s been kicking leukemia’s ass. 

The last couple of months he’s been in “Consolidation.” The chemo has continued, but he’s back home – going to the clinic for treatment several days a week. My wife and I have gone back to work. She works nights, I work days so someone is always with Joshua. She takes him to treatment, I cook us dinner or take him to his favorite burger joint (I even let him drive, if he’s up to it). 

Life has taken on a type of new normal, bizarre in a way, but constant. My wife learned to hook Joshua up to an IV at home – he had an infection that required intravenous antibiotics twice a day – and I’ve learned more about cancer, chemotherapy, and medical procedures than I ever wanted to know. But I’ve also met a lot of really amazing people, both online and off. 

Indies Unite for Joshua has supplied Joshua, and our family with much more than monetary resources – though a lot of doctors wouldn’t be getting paid right now if it wasn’t for the generous donations received so far. Indies Unite for Joshua has offered us love, support, and much needed encouragement. 

In May Joshua will return to the hospital for the next, more intense phase of treatment – eight to ten weeks of high dose chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Some time in August, if there are no complications, he will again be home and we will try to direct our lives back into some type of normal. Joshua will have three more years of treatment, and five years of monitoring against the return of leukemia, but he will be able to return to school in the winter and graduate in the spring. 

The many blog posts about Joshua’s struggle, and even passing tweets, have meant the world to me. 140 characters can turn a hard day into a bearable one, or drive away the darkness of depression with a few words of encouragement. The #IndiesUnite4Joshua stream on Twitter has kept me going. Now some of my friends are posting videos! I have no words. You can not imagine what a morale boost a song, a few words, or an awesome puppet can be. All that love will hold us up long after the IndieGoGo campaign ends May 30th.

Please, keep tweeting, posting, and sharing. And enjoy the vids!



JOSHUA – A Man of Destiny

The Joshua Tree

Here’s a question: What can give you instant gratification, a sense of purpose, and a good feeling that last and last? The answer: Helping someone.

That’s a truth you just can’t deny. I’ve found through the years that when I help someone, I’m the one that gets the most benefit out of it. Think about it. The last time you went out of your way to lend a helping hand, give a word of encouragement or do something as small as giving a few bucks; didn’t it make you feel good? And when a thank you or acknowledgement wasn’t expected in return, it was even better. Right? The tears of gratitude came from your eyes. Have you felt that contentment lately?

Well gentle readers here is a chance to have that feeling again. Recently my friend, Eden Baylee told me about another friend, Maxwell Cynn’s heart wrenching struggle. He just happens to be a great writer and someone I admire. Max’s son, Joshua had been diagnosed with Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Then I read in Max’s own words how it was affecting his family and most of all Joshua. This was not a tale of woe but a straight forward note of love. It’s worth a read.

Eden decided to help. If any of you know Eden then you know she is one of the most supportive writers and people you could ever want to know—but this isn’t the story of Eden. What she did was set up a fundraiser to help Joshua with medical expenses and help pay off a large educational loan. You see Joshua is a 3 ½ years into a getting his degree in psychology and he’s been maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Now Joshua is with his family and going through a fight for survival. Don’t we all know what the struggle to win against cancer can do to an individual? It’s a lonely time even with family and friends close by touching and encouraging. It’s a time when inner will rises up to show the strength of the one affected. Joshua is a man among men! He’s a fighter!

One thing family, friends and those who hear about this battle can do is let Joshua concentrate on this mighty struggle and ease the burdens he shouldn’t have to worry about. That’s what Eden and a group of writers, editors and advertisers are doing. Many have donated books and services to help.

This is your chance to get back that good feeling of helping. And receive something physical in return. Help Joshua and his family and get a great book to read. You can even get a book signed by the author. That was always a dream of mine—and still is.

Not only will you help Joshua but you’ll be doing something every writer strives for: having someone read what they write. That’s what the people offering these services gets out of this—along with the same good feelings you’re after.

100% of all donations go to Joshua and his family for medical expenses and college loans—100%!

I’m asking all of my wonderful readers to think about it. And pass this post on to your other friends. This is not an effort to increase my readership. I’m still amazed that people read my little post. I want to help the family. Click on the ‘like’ button and it goes to FaceBook, Tweet about it—heck, send it out in an email. Spread the word and give. I have put Joshua on my list of “People I want to meet”.

One other thing I would ask of you. Pray for Joshua’s speedy recovery. I believe that prayers can move mountains, change the world and heal the sick. It’s not an add-on; it is the very foundation of medicine and the rock on which we all stand.

Open your hearts to Joshua and his family and give. Here’s the link to Joshua (That little sentence has so much meaning) http://www.indiegogo.com/indiesuniteforjoshua 

With love and blessings to you,