David Dawson moved to Punta Gorda, Florida from Charlottesville, Virginia in late 2012 to take care of his mother who was disabled and needed a primary caregiver. David stepped up to the plate and when he moved he had to start completely over. He worked for a dry cleaners in Port Charlotte where he rode a bike 8.3 miles one way every day to work, until the unimaginable happened. In September of 2015 David himself was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma that started in the mouth. One month later doctors in Port Charlotte performed surgery and deemed it a success. But Tragically the cancer returned three months later. In January of 2016 he was referred to Moffitt Cancer Hospital where he has spent the last 6 months in treatment. His doctors, Harrison and Chung have stated that David has made a significant amount of progress and they believe he will have a clean bill of health in the near future.
During the middle of his treatment David was dealt another blow when he lost his mother to heart failure on June 5th 2016. He had to postpone some of his cancer treatment to handle the duties of being a loving son. He started to lose hope, but managed to keep his head up and is fighting to become healthy himself once again.
With a vehicle David would be able to continue to make the 2 hour drive from Punta Gorda to Tampa and continue his cancer treatment. Reliable transportations would allow him to be able to attend follow up appointments and ensure he stays in the best of health. David will also be able to obtain a job. In order to work for a local contractor, installing fences, David will need a reliable form of transportation to work in the service areas from Naples to Bradenton.
A & E Autos 4 The Needy was donated a 2002 Chevy Impala that needs some minor repairs in order to be in road worthy condition. Once we raise the money for the parts, A & E Auto Repair will donate the labor that it will entail to repair this vehicle. A reliable form of transportation plays a crucial role in David’s road to recovery and obtaining a job. If you or anyone you know has struggled with cancer and losing everything, you understand this man’s journey will not be easy but he is a strong willed individual who is ready to keep fighting.