Colin Clive's friends started a GoFund Me page to support his living and medical expenses.
One man with cancer had to go through the turmoil of losing both his parents in a matter of days. The unfortunate series of events took place in the life of 28-year-old Colin Clive from Long Island.
According to People, the young man who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 26, lost both his parents, Barbara and Dave Clive in less than a week. His mother was hospitalized on 12 January 2021. Just hours later, Colin and his friends were informed of her passing.
"We received a text that Mrs. Clive is in the hospital, and then fast-forward four hours, we received another text saying Mrs. Clive passed away from pneumonia complications," said Kenneth Carpenter, a close friend of Colin. Days later, another tragedy hit the family. His father was rushed to the hospital after he suffered from a heart attack.
Though the doctors put a stent and discharged him, Dave passed away on the same day as his wife's wake. "It's a horror story that you can't imagine," said Carpenter.
He added, "To even imagine the trauma this kid has had to deal with, while also having to fight one of the worst things that could happen to a person is unimaginable."
Further, Carpenter stated that Colin has been "in shock and heartbroken" since the death of his parents. The events were so tragic that even the priest present at the wake could not hide his emotions.
With both his parents gone, Colin is left with the burden of paying for his medical and living expenses. Aware of his heartbreaking circumstances, his friends have started a GoFund Me Page to support him. "Our ultimate goal is to make sure that Colin focuses on crushing this cancer. He can leave the finances and bills to us because we're ready to step up and we want to take care of Colin... his immediate family is all of us right now. We consider him our brother," said Carpenter. So far, the page has raised $734,872 out of the target of $750,000 with the help of generous strangers who came to his rescue by donating.
Carpenter thanked all the generous people and stated that it means the "world" to Colin. Carpenter added: "He sees that and it really increases his will to fight."
Colin was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 after he fell ill while attending a Harlem Lacrosse Benefit.
"He had delusion, dizziness, headaches, loss of memory. A week later, he had to be rushed to the emergency room because he was having a seizure, at which point they diagnosed him as having brain cancer," recalled Carpenter. The news of his illness came as a shock to his dear ones. However, they supported him and motivated him to push forward.
As Colin began his chemotherapy, his parents did everything they could to be there for him. His father took him to all his appointments "dropping everything at work to take Colin to appointments, no matter how long he needed to stay, and doing whatever he could to support him," recalled Carpenter.
Despite the unexpected tragic events that took place, Colin is determined to fight cancer. "Every day, he wakes up with a smile on his face knowing he could end up back in the hospital. His will to fight is unmatched beyond belief and he really is a trooper."