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  1. Kathy Burns says:

    Dustin & Rebecca,

    Prayers and thoughts being sent to you. Praying that your doctors have the knowledge and patience to help you get through this trying time. We continue to think of you daily.

    Mr. & Mrs. Burns, Kerri & Matt

  2. Jan Worrall says:

    Dustin, you your wife and your son, also all your family are in my prayers and I ask God to help you remain strong and fight this thing. I hope that there will be better news for you in the very near future. God Bless You all.

  3. Judge Marstiller says:

    Dustin, I am praying for your miracle.

  4. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. If you end up needing assistance at MD Anderson here in Houston, please let me know. I am in Houston and have a substantial network that could provide support if you end up here.

  5. Gayle Keleher says:

    Dustin & Rebecca,
    I am praying for your family through this difficult time.Your Grandmother Bobbi has graciously shared this website/link through the WCC website posting or “the puppies” website; quite an endearing community. My husband has had Dr.s from Duke on several occasions (we are in NC) and I can say they are very thorough, especially in the neuro dept. (which is one of my husband’s medical issues). He is a veteran going to the veteran’s hospital in Durham, and all of their consults/Dr.s walk across the street from Duke. Absolutely top-notch and they bring a “team” with them, as it is a teaching hospital. I wish all of you the very best and stay strong.
    God Bless

  6. Annette Black says:

    For the last several years Facebook has allowed me to watch, listen, and learn about the wonderful man you have become (although in my mind you are still look like the fourth grader I had the honor of teaching at St. Joseph’s School). I have applauded your eloquently worded opinions regarding politics and social issues, appreciated your often posted Bible passages, and celebrated your personal triumphs. You are in my prayers every day. I pray that God will continue to give you strength and courage to fight this unfair intruder. I pray that you and Rebecca will hold on to hope while holding on to each other. I pray that your beautiful son, Michael, will be a source of determination to you. My class of 25 first graders know your name and are praying for you every day, as well. We are all praying for your miracle.
    With love,
    Annette Black

  7. Scott Makar says:

    Dear Dustin: All of us in my office stand ready to help however we can. Your love of life, family and God serve to strengthen us all through your example. I pray for your strength and the healing of this affliction. Peace and God be with you and your family, Scott Makar

    Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

  8. Wendy Bowman says:

    Hi Dustin,
    My name is Wendy Bowman and I live down near Shrewsbury. I believe Bobbi is your grandmother who use to scuba dive with my best friend and care giver Wanda Peatross. I am a stage 4 GMB survivor. I am a patient at Duke as well. At Duke there really is HOPE!! The end of this past February I finished 26 months of different forms treantment. I would really like to meet with you so we can talk. The sooner the better. I am reading through your website and I just need to see you. My email at work is Wendy.bowman@phh.com and my home email is adswbowman@phh.com. My cell# is 717-818-0233. You may email me or call me anytime of the day that you want to talk.

    Sincerely, Wendy

  9. Wendy Bowman says:

    Dustin, My correct home email address is adswbowman@gmail.com

  10. Andrea says:

    My prayers are with you and your entire family as you all go to war against this disease.

  11. Dustin:
    We’ve never met, but we are both parents. I cannot possibly imagine how you must feel – but if it helps at all, there is a small family in northern California who is thinking about you and YOUR family, and sending all possible good thoughts and energy your way.
    Never give up: it’s what I tell MY kids.
    Anything you need, that we can do, we will.
    Elizabeth Williams Bushey

  12. Greg Fenton says:

    Dustin – in this “longest of races”, keep a steady pace and spirits fresh. Keep the faith and fight every step of the way. Look forward to a run with you someday!

  13. Nadine Hack says:

    Dustin – your brother Dillon has mobilized many of us throughout the world to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I’m sending you and your family healing love from Switzerland, – Nadine

  14. Butch Vellesig says:

    Dear Dustin, I am the cousin of Marie Hersh, your sister Christina is married to my second cousin John. I have been keeping up with your situation and I want to send you my deepest thoughts and sincerest prayers for a complete recovery. I keep you in my daily prayers along with your family and friends. I know firsthand the power of God and the miracles he can accomplish through prayer and faith. I know it will be difficult at times but please hang in there. You have many people who obviously love and care about you a great deal. Although I have never met you, my love and prayers go with you also. God bless and keep you safe.

  15. Kathy and Frank Bonadio says:

    Dear Dustin and Rebecca,

    Our families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have been and will continue to pray for your healing. May our eternal and merciful Father give you strength and peace for the journey you and Rebecca have ahead. He IS a God of miracles.The faith and hope you have shown thru you trials has already enriched others. God bless you!
    Kathy and Frank Bonadio

  16. Shauna Holtzapple says:

    Praying for you and your family. (A friend that works with your mother’s sister-in-law.)

  17. Kip says:

    Hi Dustin,,

    Hear you graduate from “Marywood” — that makes you a very special person.

    You see, both my children & daughtet-in-law are graduates also.

    And I know how special they are.

    I know the our Lord will keep watch over you in journey.

    Prayers are headed your day,

  18. Mary Macko says:


    You and Rebecca will be in constant prayer today while you are in surgery. We are also praying to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati on your behalf. During all the masses for the past 2 weeks, Bob has requested prayers for you and the family at St. Louis Church. You and Rebecca have been in our thoughts and in our daily prayers since the beginning of this ordeal and will be for months ahead. May you feel God’s presence and know that He is holding you and Rebecca in the palm of His hands.

    Bob and Mary Macko

  19. virginia evans says:

    Dustin, I don’t know what to say to comfort you. my oldest son was diagnosed with the same tumor in 2011.he was 44 at the time. he had the surgery at York hospital. then he went through the radiation & chemo at apple hill. he was scared,but it did bring us all closer together. he was so strong & he even amazed the nurses because he was a fighter. he worried more about his family & friends.he never married. every day he would tell me he loved me .every time his brothers were here, he would hold their hands & tell them how much he loved them. the nurses said he had a goal to reach, he wanted to be here for my birthday. he was . he passed away that night feb. 2, I held him telling him how much he made me happy & I loved him. tell your family how much you care & love them, hold them. Robby believed in God & we prayed a lot. . You & your family will be in my prayers.

  20. Fr. John says:

    Dear Dustin and family, the St. Joseph parish community is praying for you. Be strong and continue to trust God.

    • Charlie Licatese says:

      Dustin, Rebecca, Dillon, and family,

      My heart has been with you Dustin since I heard. This is hard for me to explain in words, but Dustin I always admired you growing up. The times we played basketball, soccer, tennis and the many many other “obscure” sports we used to play at Kingston Park with Dillon and Gaetano. You are the best at everything you do and the smartest person I ever met in my life when it comes to all aspects of life. I continue to admire you through your courage and strength to fight this cancer with your positive and faith driven attitude. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you. Continue to fight Dustin. We’re all behind you and praying for you and your wonderful family. My family have been and will continue to pray for you. Stay strong Dustin!

      P.S. Don’t worry Dustin I will fix your “botched” haircut :)

      Your Friend,
      Charlie Licatese

  21. Mary Roche says:

    Dear Dustin, Rebecca, Dillon and Family,
    I have been praying daily and asking my friends to pray also. I am the secretary at Campus Ministry at Marywood University and I remember Dustin and Rebecca well. Father Jim Rafferty dropped off some prayer cards to pray to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to intercede to our Lord for Dustin and people have been so happy to receive one. Thank you for the updates. God bless you all.
    Mary Roche

  22. Denise Melhorn says:

    Hi Dustin & Rebecca,

    I saw the picture of you and Michael in the York Daily Record, I was touched by
    the picture on the back page, you kissing Michael and the fact that you and Rebecca remained together all these years. I read the article and was inspired by your faith. Once I logged on I discoved that we’ve actually met once, when you were a little boy. Your mom and I are friends. You’ve grown up to be a remarkable young man. Stay strong. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Denise Melhorn

  23. Amy Hall Dix says:

    Dustin and family,
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to care for you. I was deeply moved by your loving family as well as your positive attitude. I am honored to have been witness to your rapid improvement the last three days. You are a wonderful person, and are blessed with a wonderful supportive family. Please continue to work hard and keep that positive attitude as that will take you farther than any medication can. I will be following your progress here and am so happy to see that something like this exists. It is so rare that we get to see our patients progress. Good luck to you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
    Your nurse—Amy

  24. Danielle Colombo says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, co-workers and anyone that knows you. Stay strong

    Danielle Colombo- (YC grad )

  25. Patricia Byrnes says:

    Dear Dustin, All of us at St. Joseph School pray for you every day! I know that Blessed Pier Giorgio is watching over you. Get strong and well! Blessings to all your family, too. Pat Byrnes

  26. Kathy Kot says:

    Dear Dustin…I can still see you sitting in first grade! You sure do make an old teacher proud! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you travel through this journey. I am so impressed in your open trust and praise in God. It has reinforced and shown the importance of the faith journey that you started so long ago.
    Much love,
    Mrs. Kot

  27. Kimberly Kosch says:

    Dear Dustin,

    I read about you via The Florida Bar NEWS and am praying for your famiy. I work for the court system in Talahassee and hope that when you are healed, we will meet in person. Blessings, Kimberly Kosch

  28. Matt Painter says:

    Dustin and Rebecca,
    I’m so glad to have met you, even if a for a brief time while you were in Durham; You both are incredibly strong, resilient, and genuine and I know that your support for each other will get you through this. I can’t believe how much progress you made since your surgery Dustin and Rebecca you couldn’t have been a bigger part of Dustin’s recovery so far. I think about you both often and you are in my thoughts in prayers every day. I’m so glad you are back in PA and with your son and know that must be a welcomed place after being in the hospital for so much longer than you had anticipated. You both mean a lot to those you met in Durham and know that I am here for you if you need anything. Keep in touch and hope to talk with you soon.


  29. Angus Whitton says:

    I think we all have been touched by the effects of cancer, directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives.

    I hope that with the miracles of modern medical techniques that destination ‘full recovery’ will be reached soon. It’s good that not only is there full support from the medical side – the other really important part is the essential support from friends and family.

    I also hope that ‘soon’ is really soon and that Dustin gets back to a normal life as soon as possible!

  30. Michelle Van Gorder says:

    Hi Dustin & Rebecca,

    I’m not sure if you remember me but I shared a class with you at Marywood. Since Marywood, the Lord has captured my heart and saved my soul. Since then I’ve also had a ran in with cancer also, with my now husband. The Lord healed my husband of stage 3 Oligoastrocytoma brain cancer, which is also very aggressive we were told. He was diagnosed in May 2010, and in May 2012, God answered my personal prayer of removing ALL of the tumor (as there was a tiny portion that they were unable to talk, because it would effect his speech/movement). Keep up the good fight of faith as you’ve been! I’m so proud of you both. It is not at all easy. I thank God that Jesus is our true Physician. Please let me know if you and Rebecca ever want to talk…either way, we will be praying. May God bless you and heal your body and soul…in Jesus Name. — Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26 — Thinking and praying for you and your family, Dustin!

    Michelle Van Gorder (Perzia)

  31. Penny Kuhl says:

    Dustin – Happy Birthday to you! You are truly an inspiration and I love following your progress. I am praying for strength for you and your family and for God’s miracle of healing.

  32. You are the miracle….happy birthday

  33. Matt Painter says:

    Happy Birthday Dustin! Thinking about you guys a lot and praying often that the transition home has been going okay; You have incredible character and determination and I’m glad to hear about your progress lately. Hope to talk with you guys soon;

    Matt Painter

  34. Hello Dustin,

    You are in our hearts and prayers. I look forward to your updates and will retweet them to our group when they are received.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. You may not notice it but your fine example is setting the standard of bravery and courage for the rest of us. You have a very large group of people thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

    My God’s comfort and love shield you and your family as you go through this difficult time.



  35. Anni Bricca says:

    You don’t know me but I want you to know you’re in my thoughts and prayers. You should not be suffering like this. Godspeed to recovery.

    Hugs from Anni in Louisville, KY

  36. Brunel Bienvenu says:

    I just read Dustin’s entire timeline and was moved by the love and support that was given to him by family, medical professionals and the community. It was great to see Rebecca’s support and love. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God continue to bless you.

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