2023 Survivor Grant Recipient: Alexander Davis

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Alexander Davis is a 28-year-old HVAC technician from Ohio who enjoys kayaking, gaming, and spending time with his 2 dogs. Alex got married last year in August of 2022. One month later in September he began a new position at work. He began to feel intermittent pain above his left knee, and by November found himself unable to walk without crutches. He sought medical help and after a series of MRI scans and biopsies, was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL).

The cancer had already done significant damage to his leg, and he underwent chemotherapy and radiation. Through intense physical therapy he began how to relearn how to use his leg again. Further treatments may still be needed.

Since Alex had not yet been at his job for 1 year prior to diagnosis, he was ineligible for FMLA. As a result, he was forced to use all of his vacation days in 2023 to cover doctors’ appointments and full days of chemo. Once these vacations days were depleted, any additional time off became unpaid, which has created an additional financial burden. Moreover, Alex is unable to work overtime, which previously provided him with extra financial security. His job duties were also modified due to his use of crutches and the fatigue caused by the combination of chemotherapy and medications. In addition, he has had to pay for increased gas and transportation expenses as he travels to and from the hospital for treatment. The cost of medical bills and daily medications has also been added to the list of expenses, making it challenging to meet financial obligations and feel financially secure.

Alex’s social worker at University Hospitals in Ohio filled out a Survivor Grant Application on his behalf, and L.I.F.E. has proudly answered the call. Alex has been extremely appreciative of the assistance we were able to help provide to alleviate the financial burden caused by his cancer diagnosis.

We wish you well Alex, and hope that you regain full function of your leg and are able to return to as normal of a life as possible!