Updated: Blink 182’s Travis Barker Lends Support to 'Ill' Fan, Hoax Claims Persist
A Twitter user claiming to be a young cancer patient with little time left has chosen to share the last leg of his journey online – and he can count on Blink 182’s Travis Barker to make the trip. Many are calling foul on the project, however, claiming its a hoax.
Describing himself as Joseph Parker, a 24-year-old from New York, the social networker submitted a thread to Reddit titled "I have Stage IV pancreatic cancer. I'm in a hospice and am going to die. Ask me anything!"
One user asked on the thread, "If one miracle could happen before you passed, what would you want?". Parker, clearly a Blink 182 fan, responded: "To have Tom DeLonge or Mark Hoppus or Travis Barker speak to me, whether through twitter or whatever it may be."
A Twitter account @pancreaticstg4 was set-up to purportedly trace his final days and, thus far, more than 2,000 followers have come on board.
Barker learned of Parker’s plight from his followers and reached out with a Tweet offering “love and prayers” and offered his services to help in any way possible.
@pancreaticstg4 Sending you love and prayers. If i can do anything for you please let me know— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) May 26, 2013
Barker’s response clearly made Parker’s day.
You guys did it.. Travis barker from blink-182 tweeted me... Holy shit, you guys..— Joseph Parker (@Pancreaticstg4) May 26, 2013
Though Parker hasn’t shared his picture and his status can’t be verified, sources at Twitter Inc support the authenticity of his exchanges. Since the story broke, many have questioned the veracity of the Twitter user's illness.