The following excerpt is from an op-ed, ​I’m dying from cancer. I have to move across the country to die on my own terms, by Kevin Roster that first appeared in USA Today on June 7, 2019.

I am a 36-year-old dad who is dying of a rare cancer called sarcoma, which invades the body’s connective tissues, including the nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat and blood vessels.

Sarcoma makes up only about 1% of adult cancers and is often diagnosed when it has already become too large to cure. Nearly 6,000 people die each year from it, according to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. As a result, I have dedicated much of my remaining life to raising awareness about sarcoma via a blog, YouTube videos and playing semiprofessional poker wearing sarcoma education gear.

Sarcoma has taken a huge toll on my health, but also on my family and personal life. When I received my original diagnosis in 2017, my wife and I owned a successful family business that specialized in buying and selling collectible items, including, ironically, items from the estates of deceased people.

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With months to live, Kevin moved from New Jersey to Sacramento to utilize California’s medical aid-in-dying law, but first, he plans to win the World Series of Poker:

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USA Today – ‘What I want is a peaceful death’: Kevin Roster has only weeks to live – and that’s why he moved to California

WHYY – ‘I want to rob cancer of its prize’: N.J. man moves to Calif. to legally end his life

ABC – ‘I get to die the way I lived, which is in charge’: N.J. man diagnosed with terminal cancer moves to California to legally end his life

Sacramento Bee​ – ​Dying of cancer, poker pro plans assisted death in Sacramento after one last ‘dance’ in Vegas