April First is No Joke For Travis Roberts

April 1, 2014 9:35 am

by Jon Richards · 1 comment

I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some of the lighthearted posts here and other places this morning done in honor of April Fool’s Day. They are all in good fun, and hopefully brought a smile to your face.

For Travis Roberts, though, today is about more than being lighthearted.

You may remember Travis. He’s the brother in law of Cobb Young Republicans Chairman Joe Pettit. A year ago, Travis was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer. Last fall, Joe started a social media campaign using the hashtag #TravOnGameDay to get Travis on College Gameday when it was in Athens. Since then, many folks have joined #TravsArmy, a group of people who hate cancer, and want nothing more than seeing Travis well again, and back to normal.

Today, Travis is at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, hoping to become a participant in one of several trials that could lead to a cure. You can read more about this latest effort here.

Here’s what Joe had to say this morning:

Travis is currently going through security at the Dept. of Health & Human Services. They badged them and are searching the car. The testing today will determine his eligibility for the trial. Please pray for him. Trav has three options right now:

1) a 2000 year ago, Jesus-style miracle, 2) getting in this trial and having a miracle of modern science, or 3) saying goodbye to this life in about three months.

Either of the first two are much more agreeable to his friends and family than the latter.

Without a miracle, time is running short for Travis. Today’s testing will determine if Travis is eligible for an experimental treatment that could save his life. If you have a chance, become part of #TravsArmy and say a prayer that today will bring the miracle Travis needs.

Joe Pettit April 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I just wanted to publicly thank Jon Richards for this post. It was unexpected and meant a great deal to our entire family.

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