Three months ago Jason “Levi” Holley started feeling pain down one side of his body.
The fitness fanatic and competitive arm wrestler lived a healthy lifestyle and wasn’t expecting too much to come from a following routine check up and blood tests.
But as he waited for results, the pain quickly escalated and the 44-year-old found himself in the emergency ward, where a CT scan revealed the news nobody excepted.
Mr Holley had a cancerous tumour in the middle of his brain - and it was inoperable.
The New Zealand-based actor broke the news to his friends and fans on Facebook on September 23.
“I have inoperable brain cancer. I plan to live with cancer, not die from it,” Mr Holley wrote on Facebook, alongside an image of him in a hospital bed.
Just like most things in his life, the natural competitor said he isn’t going down without a fight.
“I’ve had plenty of fights on my hands over the years and I’ve won all of them,” Mr Holley wrote on Facebook.
“For those who have been part of my journey all these years, thank you. The journey continues.”
Mr Holley is a regular in the New Zealand charity community, fundraising for a number of organisations, volunteering his coaching skills, sponsoring amateur athletes and even dressing up as Batman for children’s’ birthdays and events.
As he begins chemotherapy and radiation in the coming weeks, Mr Holley’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds so he can travel internationally and explore other treatment options not yet available in New Zealand.
“No procedure is off the table,” the page reads.
Mr Holley is also selling his car, possessions and even his prized Batman costume to fund his treatment.
At the time of publication, more than $12,300 had been raised.
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