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Joshua Lipana’s Cancer Has Relapsed and He Needs Our Help

Joshua LipanaI am devastated to report that Joshua Lipana’s lymphoma has returned. (If you’re new to Joshua’s situation, see my earlier posts here, here, here, here, and here.)

Although just two months ago CT scans showed remarkable improvements and indicated that Joshua’s cancer was in remission, a recent bone marrow biopsy shows that it has relapsed. He is now in a hospital in the Philippines with pneumonia; and, before his doctors can begin treating the cancer, they need to perform an operation that Joshua cannot afford.

Because Joshua’s veins have worn thin from earlier chemotherapy treatments, in order for the doctors to deliver the necessary medications they need to insert a port-a-cath; but the hospital won’t permit them to perform the operation until Joshua pays $2,500 to cover certain expenses from his new hospital stay to date and the cost of the operation itself. Given the emergency, I have emailed the hospital and offered to pay the $2,500 immediately via credit card. As soon as the hospital replies with a way to accept payment, I will cover that. But Joshua’s total new expenses are already in excess of $6,000 and will continue mounting rapidly (chemo and related expenses are extremely expensive). To cover the costs and beat this wretched disease, he needs our financial help.

Physically and spiritually, Joshua is better prepared now to fight the lymphoma than he was when it first surfaced. As he writes in an email, “I’m now in a much better position to beat this thing, since I don’t have a 5-inch tumor and a liter of fluid in my lungs.” In addition to being physically stronger, he is psychologically more prepared because he knows the hell that is coming (many sessions of chemo), and he knows that he can get through it. But, to beat this thing, Joshua needs our financial assistance.

Please help this heroic young man defeat this killer. Joshua’s goal is to get back to living—which, for him, means fighting for your and my rights. Seen in this light, our donations are investments.

If you’ve not yet made a contribution to help Joshua, please consider making one today. If you’ve already made a donation and can afford to make another, please do.

Our original goal was to raise $25,000, and we’ve almost reached that. But all the funds we’ve raised to date have gone toward Joshua’s prior medical expenses. With this relapse, his expenses will continue mounting very rapidly. Donations of any size help.

Thank you for your consideration.

—Craig Biddle

Donate Now

P.S. If you’d like to donate directly to Joshua’s PayPal account, you can do so by sending money to joshualipana (atsign) yahoo (dot) com. If you’d prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “The Objective Standard,” write “Donation for Joshua” on the memo line, and mail the check to: The Objective Standard, P.O. Box 5274, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle is the editor of The Objective Standard and the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, a highly concretized, systematic introduction to Ayn Rand’s ethics. His forthcoming book, Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness, is about how most effectively to use one’s mind in the service of one’s life, liberty, and happiness. In addition to writing, he teaches seminars on ethical and epistemological issues from an Objectivist perspective. His website is www.CraigBiddle.com.


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