Matt O'Dell Treatment Fund

$4,675 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 40 months
Missy Sprouse Staib  EAST LEROY, MI
Hello,
My name is Melissa (Missy) Sprouse and I am a cancer survivor. Recently my 23 year old maternal cousin, Matthew O'Dell was diagnosed with brainstem glioma. On August 2nd, Matt will begin radiation at U of M to prolong life as well as provide quality to his days but doctors are telling him that his condition is terminal. We are still praying for a miracle and know that we serve a God of miracles! Matt has, in his young life already served in the Marines for 4 years, active duty in both 2009 (Iraq) and 2011 (Afghanistan) and began as a cadet at Sheridan Township Fire Department at just 16 years old. Matt has survived losing his father to lung cancer, his brother to leukemia and his half sister to breast cancer. He was able to lend comfort as only another child can, during the loss of my mother to breast cancer then once again as a grown man when my twin passed away at in 2005 due to a tragic car accident. During my own cancer diagnosis, mastectomy and treatment at age 30 I remember Matt as always, a tower of strength and healing dry humor. Matt is now the proud husband to young professional and cancer survivor Jamie (Towery) O'Dell and father of sweet and energetic two year old, Claire O'Dell who's birth Matt had to miss as he was overseas. Matt is wise beyond his years, which is why his greatest wish is in knowing that his daughter and wife will be taken care of and provided for long after he is unable to do so himself as promised in his vows. It is the desire of my heart that you could facilitate this self-proclaimed wish by donating emergency financial assistance to aid the family in covering medical expenses and deductibles, mortgage payments, gas to and from 5-day a week treatments and allow for a cushion long term. It is my hope that this funding will provide Matt a peace that passes all understanding in the days to come so that he could spend this precious time with his family not worrying, but LIVING.
Peace be with you,
Melissa (Missy) Sprouse
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Update 8
Posted by Missy Sprouse Staib
39 months ago
I simply cannot believe that in ONE month online donations alone have reached nearly $45oo!!! This is truly a blessing and gift of love to the family of Matt O'Dell! As treatment continues i want to make you all aware of this weekends exciting INDOOR yard sale/bake sale to be located at the Sheridan Township Fire Department hall. (same place as the delicious and super successful spaghetti dinner!) COME ONE, COME ALL! This should be a day of laid back fun as well as simple sweets to be snapped up at a bargain. Lets DO THIS.
Team Matt Shirts $15 each small to 4xl
Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale
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Update 7
Posted by Missy Sprouse Staib
39 months ago
what an incredible night...Thank You is so inadequate for the wealth of emotion rooted in my spirit tonight, just the same...THANK YOU, may all your kindness be returned to you 10 fold.
Matt, Jamie and Claire O'Dell
attitude of gratitude!
Team Matt Tshirts $15 each
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Update 6
Posted by Missy Sprouse Staib
39 months ago
Spaghetti FUNdraiser, tomorrow!!! 430 to 7pm. Address on flyer. Come one, Come all. #TEAMMATT tshirts will be available for $15. We sincerely hope to see you all there. :-)
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Update 5
Posted by Missy Sprouse Staib
39 months ago
Please come and share a meal with us while helping continue to raise much needed funding for Matt and his family! Amie (Matt's sister) and Kelly (Matt's mother) along with a mariad of family and friends will be serving a delicious meal of spaghetti, caesar salad and garlic bread for only $7 per person. You wont want to miss out. :-) We are very much looking forward to seeing you all and embracing our extended family who have already done SO MUCH for us. With love, Missy
COME ONE, COME ALL!!!!
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Debbie Torrey
39 months ago

our hearts and prayers goes out to matt and his family .

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Jamie O'Dell
40 months ago

Thank you EVERYONE for your support, donations and prayers! I never thought this page would be what it is and we are forever grateful to you!

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Steven Mellish
40 months ago

I will certainly remember this hero in our prayers. On a side note, as a veteran, he needs to make sure he is registered with the VA. They will provide for mileage to and from his treatmnts and they will also assist with the cost of actual treatments. As a combat veteran, there is something known as "presumed disability" which means that because of where he served it is assumed that there is some disability...what his means is that he is entitled to certain veterans benefits that will continue for his spouse and child in the event the cancer takes his life. Please make sure that he knows to go to his closest VA and gets registered to ensure e gets the insurance and benefits that he in fact earned in service to his country in wartime!

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Amie McKinney
40 months ago

I am so beyond this world amazed by the generosity and sincere support that's being shown towards my brother. THANK YOU all for the love!!! My heart is lightened and my attitude is more positive because of such actions ALL have done. :) Love to you, and THANK YOU once again.

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Scott Humes
40 months ago

You should try and post this on Ann - arbor - Detroit radio stations... When I lived down there they always seems generous.

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Chris Lawrence Holley
40 months ago

So 212 of us have shared this link.... If we all give $5.00 right now that would be 1,060.00 added to this account! This family deserves this!! So I will get us started! Match me..

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$4,675 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 40 months
Created July 30, 2013
Missy Sprouse Staib  
JW
$100
Jack Williamson
39 months ago

From Jack & Alison Williamson

TH
$50
Toni Hawkins
39 months ago
$10
Anonymous
39 months ago
AF
$25
Andrea Krieg & Ashley Felter
39 months ago

Love Ya, James!

LS
$130
Lee Ann Spitler
39 months ago

Your friends & supporters at F.A.R. Mgt - Brian, Karrie, Irene, Rose & Lee Ann.

MM
$100
Megan McLearon
39 months ago

I just want to wish the family well in the journey to healing & thank Matt for his service.

TG
$30
Tom Garnett
39 months ago

Our prayers and best wishes for you and your family. Semper fi!

PP
$50
Pam Pesch
39 months ago

Good luck Matt and family!

AL
$100
Andrea Lerma
39 months ago

Best wishes and keeping your family in my prayers!

$50
Anonymous
39 months ago
Debbie Torrey
39 months ago

our hearts and prayers goes out to matt and his family .

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Jamie O'Dell
40 months ago

Thank you EVERYONE for your support, donations and prayers! I never thought this page would be what it is and we are forever grateful to you!

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Steven Mellish
40 months ago

I will certainly remember this hero in our prayers. On a side note, as a veteran, he needs to make sure he is registered with the VA. They will provide for mileage to and from his treatmnts and they will also assist with the cost of actual treatments. As a combat veteran, there is something known as "presumed disability" which means that because of where he served it is assumed that there is some disability...what his means is that he is entitled to certain veterans benefits that will continue for his spouse and child in the event the cancer takes his life. Please make sure that he knows to go to his closest VA and gets registered to ensure e gets the insurance and benefits that he in fact earned in service to his country in wartime!

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Amie McKinney
40 months ago

I am so beyond this world amazed by the generosity and sincere support that's being shown towards my brother. THANK YOU all for the love!!! My heart is lightened and my attitude is more positive because of such actions ALL have done. :) Love to you, and THANK YOU once again.

+ Read More
Scott Humes
40 months ago

You should try and post this on Ann - arbor - Detroit radio stations... When I lived down there they always seems generous.

+ Read More
Chris Lawrence Holley
40 months ago

So 212 of us have shared this link.... If we all give $5.00 right now that would be 1,060.00 added to this account! This family deserves this!! So I will get us started! Match me..

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