Following a battle with Lymphoma and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) since 2011, Devan Cox passed away today at the age of 23.
You might remember a Dixon Patch story, written by Debra Dingman, earlier this year, detailing his family's heartbreaking battle with the disease.
CIDP is a rare neurological disorder characterized by progressive weakness and impaired sensory function in the legs and arms. The disorder is caused by damage to the myelin sheath – which covers and wraps around and protects nerve fibers – of the peripheral nerves.
Devan was later diagnosed with lymphoma, and received chemotherapy off and on for the past 15 months. He was admitted to UCSF two weeks ago, with hopes that more aggressive treatment could curb the spread, however the cancer was invasive beyond healing. He passed away Wednesday evening in the hospital.
Dingman reported that Cox's single mother of two, Virginia Clark, had worked for Gymboree in Dixon for the past eight years, and had an excellent health plan; but Devan's illness took a toll of her job and mental health. Virginia quickly burned through her vacation and flexible time off from work, eventually becoming his full-time caregiver.Community members have reached out to Dixon Patch with concerns for Devan's mom. Now that he has passed away, she is left with no job and no income in order to afford a proper funeral.
Since Devan has passed, funds deposited in his account could be tied up, so all donations should go to Chase Bank in Dixon in the Virginia Clark account (his mother), or they can do a quick pay by logging into www.chase.com and enter Virginia’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org