COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - A local man facing an incurable form of cancer is using his fight to raise money to help others.
“I knew I was sick but I didn't know what was going on,” Rob Estes said.
In August 2013, doctors told Estes he had a brain tumor. He was 41.
“When brain cancer was thrust into our family's life, I knew right away that I wanted to do something to help others,” Estes said.
Just days later, he decided to start a foundation. He named it Can't, Never, Could -- something his mother used to tell him as a kid.
“If I ever said I couldn't do something, she would tell me, ‘Can't never could’ so when the doctors told me I couldn't beat this cancer my immediate response was, ‘Can't never could,’” Estes said.
“We've realized that there are so many people out there that are facing similar challenges and they don't have the financial resources to allow them to focus on being happy and spending time with their family,” Estes said.
“Now the foundation started just about six months ago and already they have helped four families battling brain cancer and pledged $25,000 to Piedmont's Brain Cancer Center opening in the fall,” said Este’s wife, Christi Estes.
“God doesn't promise us tomorrow and we need to learn to live for today,” Rob Estes said.
And during the fight of his life, that's what he and his family are doing. All the while, giving back and working to find a cure.
“I hope regardless of my circumstances because we're all going to die one day, that my mission will reach way farther than Coweta County,” Rob Estes said.
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month.