“Hello, my name is Dustin Rhodes. I’m 28 and a proud father to my eight-month-old son, Michael, and husband to Rebecca. I’m an ultra-marathon runner and have never really been sick in my life — until now.
“In early December 2012, I was diagnosed with stage 4 (severely rapid and aggressive) glioblastoma multiforme [brain cancer].
“Apparently, I am approximately one of 200 people in the world that have this in their 20s. It is also fairly close to my brain’s ‘motor strip,’ which apparently controls all movement. If it is too close or touching this, they cannot operate. There will be many trials along the way, but please stand by my side during this tough time and help me to overcome this.”
That is how a website — http://dustrhodes.com — run by Rhodes’ family begins. They are reaching out for support for Rhodes, a 2011 University of Florida law school grad who works as a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, and is a member of The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.
“His strong, perpetual faith is definitely a blessing in this time of need,” the website continues. “His faith has not been shaken, but strengthened. He appreciates each and every one who has reached out to him.”
The website includes a way to help with words of encouragement or to make a financial donation. There is also a Facebook page run by his family: www.facebook.com/DustinRhodesFund.