Colorist Justin Ponsor was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Renal Carcinoma. The cancer is also known as kidney cancer which normally starts in the tubules of the kidneys. It’s the seventh most common cancer among men and the ninth most common in women. Stage 3 indicates the “cancer is also present in a lymph node near the kidney, or in a main kidney blood vessel or fatty tissue around the kidney.”

Ponsor believed he was cancer free and “that the surgeons were confident the primary tumor is 100% out, gone, finito, adios, sayonara, etc. Additionally, both my removed adrenal gland and lymph node checked out negative for lesions.”

Unfortunately, just last week he reported more terrible news. He noted his “scans show metastases in [his] lungs and especially [his] liver. The largest is up to 7 cm at this point.” But not only did they find metasteses in his lungs and liver, they also found cancer in his duodenum, and in his brain.

It’s truly tragic. But the comic book community is rallying around Ponsor. Many comic book professionals are taking to Twitter to let fans know about Ponsor’s situation and a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help him afford the extensive medical costs he has incurred and will incur.

Justin Ponsor is a prolific Marvel colorist. He worked on Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez. He’s also been providing colors to Chip Zdarksy and Jim Cheung’s gorgeous Marvel 2 in One series. Other Marvel books include Defenders, Spider-Man, and Spider-Men II.

Ponsor also provides to the colors to Marvel’s biggest book coming out in May. He will be doing Avengers #1 along with Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, and Mark Morales.

The GoFundMe has currently raised $29,346 in just two days from 352 people. The goal is to reach $50,000.

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