Friday, October 17, 2008

2nd Annual Jake Cartwright Benefit Softball Tournament

Who: Friends, family, coworkers, church congregations, community members.

What: Day of softball and fun to raise money for Jake and the John J. Cartwright Medical Fund.

When: Saturday, November 8, 2008First game to begin at 8 A.M.

Where: Lockheed Martin Recreational Association Softball Fields3400 Bryant Irvin Rd.Fort Worth, TX 76109

Why: We love Jake: to learn more about Jake’s battle with cancer, see

Additional Info: Refreshments will be provided on game day for donations. Coed teams encouraged.

Register by November 2, 2008. May register as a team, partial team, or individuals can be placed on teams.

Payments and Donations:Checks made payable to John J. Cartwright Medical Fund, c/o Matt Blackstock, 6621 Cahoba dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76135

Help spread the word, tell all your friends and coworkers!

Registration contacts:
Matt Blackstock Cell: (817) 480-9261

Blake Bozarth Cell: (817) 688-2872

Eric Franks Cell: (682 ) 667-2926

Ryan Rapisand 817-763-1991 (Work)
817-881-2291 (Cell)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posts

Everyone, I am sorry that I haven't been posting. So I guess you all want to know what has been going on for that last month or two. I have had two more treatments and they sucked. I really dislike the treatment I am on. It kicks my butt pretty bad. Ive been getting pretty sick during the week following treatments. I haven't had much of an appetite since beginning these drugs, which has caused me to loose about 20lbs and has brought down my energy a good bit. All in all though I don't feel bad on a daily basis after I recover from a treatment, I just don't feel like I wish I could and do all things I want to. Though I still count my blessings that god has watched over me and gotten us this far for which I am grateful.

Also we are planning the next Benefit Softball Tournament for early November.

God Bless

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Another one is the books

Round two is in the books and I have to say it wasn't any fun. Once again it knocked me down pretty good for about 5 days. I'm over it now and back to feeling like myself again. I will have scans done in a week and half so we will know soon if these drugs are working. I'm going to Denver for a week to help my cousin Ethan move there for LLM tax law program. I'm sad hes leaving for a year but its a great opportunity for him. Anyhow overall thing are good keep the prayers up and and Ill let you know soon what the scans say.

God Bless

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Treatment Update

I am 3 weeks into my new treatment. This round took a little longer to get over than most of the others I have had thus far. Though I still dont think it gets me like most people. I was down for around 5 days following this last one. I was pretty fatigued and slept a whole lot more than usual and lost my appetite for those days as well. I have to say now I am feeling like normal again, well for the most part. After taking so many treatments of chemo the toxicity is building up in my body and causing a few strange things to happen. My finger tips have a numb sensation and that stinks and gets on my nerves also my feet hurt which feels like I'm walking on hot concrete all time. Its not tough to deal with looking at the overall picture of how well I feel. I hope everyone is doing good. Take care and God Bless.


Sunday, June 29, 2008


I met with Dr. Crim on Friday about the results from my biopsy. It turns out the new spot that looks nothing like my old cancer is in fact the same cancer. I'm not too worried about this news since Ive been dealing with it for so long now and know what to expect. I am going to begin a new treatment here in Fort Worth which is the the original drug that START wanted to use but I didn't meet the study guidelines. Though now the Drug has partial FDA approval so with the go ahead from the pharmaceutical company I get to have it now. I am going to start this treatment in a week or so. God has seen me through this far so I am confident going into this next part.

God Bless

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Had another Biopsy

Sorry everyone for the lack of updates. A good bit has gone on since my last blog. Some good and some undetermined. As of about 6 weeks ago a new spot showed up on liver, while the old spots were still shrinking. The new spot does not look anything like the old spots which has the Dr's wondering what it is, it could be a number of different things including cancer. So I had a biopsy today so we can figure out what it is. I am still feeling really good and have not felt a change a because of it. They have temporarily shut down my treatment until we figure out what it is. I will either start back up in a week or so on the stuff I have been on or move onto a new drug that sounds pretty good to me cause I will be able to have my treatments up here and have the pills shipped to me so that could mean no more San Antonio trips. We will have to wait a for more days to know whats going for sure. I am confident though that it is nothing to worry about. Ill let you know as soon I know something more.

God Bless

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Im Famous!!!

Well hello everyone, I am sorry it has been so long since I last blogged. I know you all tend to worry when I don't update regularly. It has been a good last few weeks though. I am still feeling great and thing are progressing really well. Last week I just finished my 6th treatment and it went good. I was approved for two more treatments which is great cause I was only supposed to have had 6. So I have another 6 weeks in the study. Oh the famous part how did I almost forget that. I was on the CBS news down in San Antonio Sunday night. They did a story over my drug and used me in the piece. Here is the link

God Bless