Can’t never could
Faced with adversity, human nature usually takes one of two paths – flight or fight.
For the Estes family, who were featured in a story in Wednesday’s edition of The Newnan Times-Herald, it was not only fight, but fight on.
Rob Estes story is well known by now. Last year, the 42-year-old Newnan resident was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. He has endured months of radiation and chemotherapy.
With his wife, Christi, and their children by his side, he has fought this deadly disease with prayer, fellowship and the best medical treatments available. It is, by itself, an incredible story of the power of the human will. But the story does not end there.
Rob decided to start a nonprofit to help others facing similar obstacles. He called it “Can’t Never Could,” a phrase his mom often repeated to him when he would complain about things he couldn’t do.
Recently, the Can’t Never Could Inc. held its first fundraiser, bringing in more than $30,000 at a dinner featuring Coach Jeremy Williams, an ALS survivor.
“Without the support of this community, our event would not have been such a success. We are incredibly grateful for the response, which is allowing us to help many, many others who are facing personal battles,” Christi said in the news article.
To date, CNC has helped four brain cancer and brain tumor patients and their families with mounting bills. They have pledged $25,000 over three years to the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center to fund research and improve treatment procedures. They have provided a full scholarship to a child with a learning disability to attend Squirrel Hollow academic camp at The Bedford School in Fairburn. They gave $1,500 to the Coweta Fellowship of Christian Athletes to send local students to FCA summer camps. The list goes on.
The Estes’ story is an incredible one of faith and endurance, and of giving back. It is also a story of a community, our community, that has wrapped its arms around them to support not only their trying journey, but their vision as well.
The Estes are an incredible example of turning “can’t” into “can.”