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Jammin' for Josh (Charity Event) A Night of Music & Comedy

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Maine Repertory Theater

#Suite 131

Biddeford, ME 04005

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Join us for a night filled with live music, comedy, food, drinks, fun, community & hope as we raise money to help pay some medical bills and let Josh and the Leblond family know we are behind them 100%.

Comedy Compliments of The Maine Repertory Theater.

The event is from 6pm -10pm

ANNOUNCING A CHANGE IN THE COMEDY SHOW SCHEDULE: We will be changing the comedy show to a single show time of 7:30-8:30pm. We will be limiting ticket sales to (165) for this portion of the event so BUY TICKETS SOON if you want to have some laughs. This change will allow more time to enjoy some great live music, bid for some great auction items, and come together as a community and support Josh Leblond and his family.

Josh's Story

In July of 2016, just after graduating from high school, Joshua LeBlond was diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer. He immediately had his first of what would turn out to be many surgeries. Upon diagnosis, Josh’s cancer had already spread to his abdomen, lungs, and bones. His team of doctors were very optimistic and assured the LeBlonds that even though Josh was at stage 4, testicular cancer was curable.

Josh was told that he needed six to eight rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and would be hospitalized for a week during each treatment. Once chemotherapy began, he was very sick with no relief in between treatments, despite taking 6 different medications for nausea and vomiting.Other unexpected symptoms began to occur including back pain, hip pain, worsening nausea and vomiting, and his abdomen began to change shape.

On the day that Josh was admitted to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital to start his fourth round of chemotherapy, a CT scan was ordered. What was revealed on that image was terrifying. The mass in his abdomen, which measured 17 cm upon diagnosis, had grown exponentially and now filled his body from pelvis to collarbone. His back pain was due to his kidneys being compressed and shutting down. His esophagus, stomach, and intestines were being compressed and were pushed off to one side. His lungs were also being compressed, all due to this large mass. The doctors thought it might be a secondary cancer and immediately biopsied the mass. Nephrostomy tubes were inserted to drain and save his kidneys. Josh would have to live with the nephrostomy tubes for three months, followed by two sets of stents. Uncomfortable, unpleasant, and unbearable to say the least.

The biopsy revealed that the mass was not cancerous; however, Josh and his family would have to travel from Maine to Boston in order to have it removed and the surgeries would be done in stages.

Once a specialized surgeon was found, Josh was transported a week later, via ambulance, to Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Because he was so malnourished, he would have to wait ten days for surgery, while receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) feeding.

Josh finally underwent surgery on October 13, 2016 and spent a total of seven weeks in the hospital, due to continuous bouts of nausea and vomiting. The use of a feeding tube was unsuccessful and TPN was continued at home and in future hospital stays for the next five months.

Josh has had seven surgeries at Brigham & Women’s to remove the mass and for the growth of additional tumors. However, he has had a total of eleven surgeries thus far, plus multiple additional procedures. Ultimately, Josh suffered a very rare complication as a result of his testicular cancer. His most recent surgery was in May of 2019, and involved the removal of tumors from his spleen, pancreas, and abdomen. He is currently cancer free. Yes, that is worthy of repeating - JOSH IS CURRENTLY CANCER FREE! He continues to get scanned every four months, but as soon as he is completely clear, scans will progress to every 6 months, then to once a year.

It is unimaginable to think about what Josh has endured both physically and emotionally and yet, he continues to have an amazing attitude and a stellar sense of humor. Josh will graduate in May of 2020 from York County Community College with an associate’s degree in Interactive Media and Graphic Design.

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Free Street Parking

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Refunds not allowed.

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No. We'll have a list of names ready.

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Maine Repertory Theater

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Biddeford, ME 04005

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