Cancer survivor celebrates new “birthday” in style

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jun 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 19:13:45-04

A Lafayette man celebrated his 10-year survival of cancer today with a sense of humor. 

Jason Esta was 33 years old – the same age his father was when he died  – when he was diagnosed with colon cancer on June 23, 2008.

Today, he celebrated 10 years of survival with a party at Deano’s complete with colon cancer screening kits ad party favors – and poop emoji cupcakes. 

"Looking at 10 years down the road and being cancer free, it’s a new lease on life," Esta said. "It’s a blessing from God that I get to be a dad and a husband and I get to share my testimony with other people to give them hope as well."

Esta’s wife, Candace, is a hero of the story, said their sister-in-law, Julie Esta. Jason was having pain, but his medical providers were reluctant to order a colonoscopy for a man so young. His wife insisted, and the test was done – and found the cancer.