When Technical Sergeant Gregg Mosley went to see a doctor with mild back pain, he never expected the heart-wrenching news that would follow: he had a severe case of cancer.
According to family friend Georgia Nuckolls, Mosley, 37, served eight tours overseas during his time in the U.S. Air Force, and was scheduled to deploy again in January.
Regarded by Nuckolls as a family man, Mosley is the father of 4-year-old Scott Mosley, and is engaged to Nuckolls’ best friend, Lynde Diaz. His family was slated to move from their one-bedroom apartment to a townhouse in the coming weeks, but his plans changed after his visit to the doctor in the evening of July 23.
Upon examination, doctors found a blood clot in his kidney, and decided to perform a CAT scan. It was then that they discovered the worst: Mosley was diagnosed with Stage IV testicular cancer.
It was later found that the cancer had migrated to his kidneys and lungs, as well.
“I was there when they told him about the diagnosis for his lungs, and his face was just gut-wrenching,” Nuckolls said.
Mosley was transported from Fort Belvoir Community Hospital to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 24, where he was first treated with blood thinners, according to Nuckolls. After the blood thinners caused the clots to migrate, however, Mosley underwent several surgeries before doctors developed a more long-term treatment plan. Their current plan, Nuckolls said, is a series of chemotherapy scheduled to take place through most of August, with reassessment to follow.
In the meantime, Nuckolls allowed Mosley to focus on his health by coordinating an effort to help his family move while he is in the hospital.
Nuckolls enlisted in the help of two local businesses, Tribune Media Group, LLC and Borgen Realty Group, who split the costs of the moving effort.
“(Diaz’s) mother didn’t know what they were going to do,” Nuckolls said. “I don’t know what they would have done if Brian (Reynolds, from Tribune Media Group, LLC) hadn’t stepped up to help.”
“We are struggling, still a start-up but something like this, we will find a way and hope sharing this inspires others to make a difference,” said Reynolds.
With the help of donations, the move was completed on July 31, and according to Nuckolls, the family was extremely grateful.
“It’s been surreal,” Nuckolls said of the situation. “The worst thing that ever happened to him overseas was he bumped his head… How do you explain to a 4-year-old that your dad’s sick?
“He’s got a very long road ahead of him,” Nuckolls said. “He definitely needs a lot of thoughts and prayers.”