It could happen to anyone. Steve was feeling more tired than usual. He figured maybe he should exercise more, eat better, drink less, rest more, adjust his work schedule. Then as the fatigue continued and worsened, he thought maybe he was depressed, or, maybe he was just getting old...
On March 14th he ended up in the ER at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He couldn’t walk 10 feet without completely running out of breath from exhaustion. Expecting that something was wrong with his heart, he was shocked when the Doc said he needed a blood transfusion and to be admitted. The Doctor said the unthinkable... we will need to undergo testing in order to confirm or rule out leukemia. A mountain of bricks seem to bury Steve and Ruthie.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia is one of the most dismal diagnosis in the world of cancer. But, there is HOPE. The oncology community says that 2018 is “The Year of AML” because so many new drugs and tests have come out that there is more hope today than ever before. Steve underwent 2 cycles of chemotherapy with Vyxeos, just approved in late 2017. He & Ruthie are travelling to MD Anderson, the top blood cancer hospital in the world, seeking clinical trial options as well as a Bone Marrow Transplant. Thankfully his brother is a perfect marrow match for Steve.
Steve’s a fantastic guy. He’s a simple guy, a truly good man. He is 58 years old, grew up in Tampa. He even played baseball with Wade Boggs at Plant High School He has 3 sons, a beautiful 85 year old mom, 2 brothers, a sister, and Ruthie. Ruthie is Steve’s fiance. She is his love, fierce advocate, caregiver and owner of Chill Restaurant in St. Pete Beach, where they both work.
Cancer sucks. It strikes without much in the way of a warning. Nobody is ever really prepared for a catastrophic illness. Perhaps that’s why it’s called catastrophic. Help these fine people. A little goes a LONG way. With enough support they can go back to focusing on the medical fight and spend a little less time worrying about all the seeming financial impossibilities in wandering through the dark windy and dangerous journey called cancer.
Donations over $250 can be tax deductible through the Hope, Health and Sunshine Foundation, a 501C-3, a non profit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients. Just click on the green button above, and it will take you to Paypal and underneath the picture on the homepage is a Donate link. As you process through, please make the special note that your donation is for Steve. It would be amazing if you could also send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact us link.
For donations under $250 please link to the blue GoFundMe link. To buy tickets for the Beach Pub Crawl on Sunday June 30th click on the Blue Link. And to keep updated on Steve's journey, click on the Caring Bridge Link on the red button.
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