Justin and his younger brother Jake were diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) in 1989. Justin was 4 and Jake was 18 months old. At the time of diagnosis, the chances of the boys surviving past puberty were very slim, and medical treatment for this disease was not readily available. CGD is a rare immune disease that inhibits the white blood cells from fighting off any form of bacteria or fungus, leaving the boys very susceptible to just about any kind of infection.
Justin had his first lung resection when he was 4 years old, having almost half of his right lung removed due to a severe fungal infection known as Aspergillus. Two years later, at the age of 6 he had to have another resection due to Aspergillus again. Over the course of his life Justin has endured countless hospitalizations, surgeries, biopsyâ€™s and battled sickness with amazing courage and strength. Justin had the support of his whole family through it all, there were times they all stayed at the hospital for 18+ months. He has always loved hunting and fishing, and spends as much time as he can with his brothers. He has an incredible sense of humor and is strong in his Faith and beliefs, We currently go to The Church at Battlecreek, in Broken Arrow, OK.
September 23, 2014
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