Loving Husband. Father. Son. Brother. Friend.
Eric was 38 when he first noticed a lump on his chest. After months of physician visits and tests including a biopsy, he was diagnosed in April 2010 with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. He was immediately put on an aggressive treatment schedule that included radiation, more tests (many painful), and surgery. Despite his daily radiation treatments that left him extremely tired, Eric still went to work and then treatment.
The surgery to remove the tumor from Eric’s chest was successful, and he looked forward to completing physical therapy and returning to work. He was cancer free for six months when a follow-up visit gave the devastating news that that the cancer had returned and metastasized (spread) to his lungs. Round 2 brought even more tests and treatments including an aggressive chemotherapy schedule that left Eric tired and requiring multiple blood transfusions.
Despite the schedule, Eric remained positive and determined to beat his disease and watch his daughter graduate and go on to college. Eric’s philosophy this second time was “I am not worried this time because I know God’s got this.” Even though he fought as hard as he could, Eric’s fight ended on October 8, 2011. He was only 40 years old. The journey since Eric’s homegoing has not been easy, but his family and friends have relied on our faith and grieved with hope that we will see Eric again. We know that he did not approach this transition with fear having put his hand in God’s hand.
It is in recognition of the footprints Eric left on our hearts and the fulfillment of his daughter’s wish that the Eric D. Davis Sarcoma Foundation was formed in January 2012. During his youth and young adult years, Eric was an avid basketball player and fan even boldly declaring he “could beat Jordan.” We have incorporated elements of this passion for the sport in our fundraising efforts as a lasting tribute.
We believe that Eric is still with us and smiling at our efforts. He would be proud of his daughter and the Foundation’s assist to the sarcoma community to find a cure.