|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1989|
|Death: ||Oct. 9, 2000|
Son of Susan and Mike Junghans
David passed away on October 9, 2000 about 16 months after he was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma.
THE FIGHTER WITHIN
David Junghans was a student at Moffett Elementary School in April 1999 when he was first diagnosed with brain cancer. He also played roller hockey for HB Surf. "The doctors had given him three to six months to live," said Susan Junghans, David's mother. "There is no cure for brain stem tumors." After rounds of medication, David started to get a little optimistic.
"He was really hopeful at first," she added. "But then he saw that no one could get him better. He was always a fighter."
But David saw beyond his illness.
He didn't give up learning or wanting to be with his family and friends, including his sister, Nicole, 9.
For the last nine months of his life, David, was home-schooled, which allowed him to spend time with his family, especially his mom. "This gave us time to spend together," Susan said. "We would go to lunch together -- I just loved having him there."
But soon the brain tumor took control of David's life.
Within months of being diagnosed, his speech was slurred, and he started walking with a limp. Because of the steroids he was taking to control the size of the tumor, his face and body became bloated. But his inner spirit was always bright.
He spent his days watching television and playing video and board games. He never wanted to give up learning something new. That's why the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted David's unusual request -- to watch his doctor perform brain surgery. And his wish came true.
In June 1999, David observed Dr. Michael Muhonen perform surgery on a baby girl at Children's Hospital of Orange County. It was successful.
A few short months later, David passed away at the same hospital. He was buried at Pacific View Cemetery in Newport Beach. A bench with a plaque has been created in his memory at Drew Park in Huntington Beach.
Pacific View Memorial Park
Corona del Mar
Created by: Saari
Record added: Aug 04, 2013
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