Father battling stage four cancer at the age of 20
Johnathan and his wife Erica were married after he was diagnosed with cancer (Source: KLTV Staff)
Johnathan desgined these shirts as a way to spread awareness and faith (Source: KLTV Staff)
CHANDLER, TX (KLTV) -
East Texans are rallying around a 20-year-old dad who is battling stage four of a rare form of cancer. Over the past year, Johnathan Stovall has had several tumors removed near his heart and right lung. He says this year has been a roller coaster ride but his two-month-old daughter is his motivation.
"It's a very emotional day but I can't explain how meaningful this is," said Johnathan's wife Erica Stovall. "For people to reach out to us that don't even know us and show us that they care is awesome."
Cindy York drove to Chandler Saturday from Irving to support Johnathan. She's never met the Stovall family but heard about Johnathan's story online.
"The Stovall's are not only fighting for themselves but they're fighting for everyone," York said. "My favorite cousin was just diagnosed with lung cancer so it means something to every single person."
Raising money for those battling cancer and raising awareness is what "Rumble Against Cancer" is all about. The group of bikers was established two years ago in the Dallas area.
"Cancer doesn't care what your age is. We look at anybody that has any type of cancer and it just touches us," Michael Moore said. "If it hasn't touched your life yet, it will some day."
Battling stage four of primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma has been a roller coaster ride for the 20-year-old father.
"It's been good news, bad news but mostly bad news," Johnathan Stovall said. "We know God is going to take good care of us, so that's all that matters."
After more treatments of chemotherapy and possible surgery Johnathan has faith he'll be able to tell his daughter one thing.
"I want to tell her that I beat it," Johnathan said.
He's also hoping to encourage others during their battle.
"No one fights alone," Johnathan said. "Don't allow the bad news; just always keep faith."
The Stovalls will be traveling to Houston this weekend and doctors will begin more chemotherapy treatment.