Former South Florida Teacher With Brain Cancer Is Raising Money For His Vision Quest

David Menasche was diagnosed with cancer six years ago

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    David Menasche is determined to see the Pacific Ocean. The former English teacher, who has brain cancer, talked about his quest to see the Pacific before he loses his eyesight. Former student Kara Trucchio said Menasche inspired her to become a school counselor. (Published Friday, Aug 10, 2012)

    David Menache is set on his Vision Quest.

    Menasche, an English teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School for the past 15 years, was diagnosed with brain cancer six years ago. He's had three surgeries, 30 rounds of radiation and years of chemotherapy.

    "So far the treatment has not caused improvement," he said.

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    He is now determined to raise enough money to document his journey to see the Pacific Ocean. He's lost most of his mobility on his left side and most of his vision, which forced him to stop teaching this year.

    "So I decided, since I'm not going to be able to go to school to meet them, and since I'm going to have some time on my hands, then I should set out on the road and go see them," he said.

    So he set up a Facebook page, where donations are coming in. He realizes his eyesight could potentially go away completely, but before it does he wants to see the Pacific Ocean.

    "I've never been to California. I would really like to see it. It seems like the kind of thing a person should see while they still can," he said.

    So he's going to set out on Nov. 2, staying with former students along the journey to the West Coast.

    "I put up a request for couches and i've had many offers and I'm planning on going to them," he said.

    And he plans on documenting his trip to inspire his students even though he's no longer teaching.

    "He inspired us to be the people we are today. He is the reason I became a school counselor. He gave us that drive, that inspiration..And it was contagious," said Kara Trucchio.

    "I grew up in South Florida. The Atlantic Ocean was always there for me. But there's this other one on the other side of the country that's beckoning for me, and I just can't refuse its calling anymore," he said.