Nick's Cancer Fight

$15,452 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 110 people in 2 months
Created May 8, 2019
Thank you for checking out our campaign.. The Stonawski Support Association... or A.S.S. Backwards. You may chuckle at the idea but you have to know that the whole idea behind this campaign is that bad things don't happen to good people. Faith, Karma, and Luck have all worked in reverse here, and our sole responsibility is to over turn those forces and make things right, primarily for one man, but subsequently for the hundreds (maybe thousands) of people that he affects daily. 

Last year, in March 2018, Nick Stonawski was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. With the early diagnosis, he ended up going through surgery for removal at the time, and it was successful.  For months following the surgery, CT scans, blood work, and physician follow-ups were kept in order to monitor his status. While Nick and his lovely wife, Jill, were well supported emotionally through this horrible endeavor they took the financial burden on themselves... and mostly Nick himself... as Jill was working only part time through nursing school. 

Every doctor's appointment, CT scan, or blood work had come back great in the follow-up months... until this one. On May 8, 2019, the results of a recent CT scan and blood work have revealed ".. a large retroperitoneal/para-aortic mass.." and elevated blood tumor markers that have enlarged a lymph node in his abdomen to nearly 7 times its normal size, and in less than 7 months, when his last CT scan and blood came back "all clear". 

Lets take a moment to talk about Nick:

Nick could be the nicest person you will meet. He will always find the positive in any situation and you can always count on him to make you laugh and smile. His positivity and humor is infectious. He is 100% selfless and compassionate. Nick is the absolute pillar in so many relationships and communities:

Beginning with the most important relationship... that between a husband and wife. Nick has been Jill's sole supporter both emotionally and financially in her journey through nursing school. While the continuous barrage of tuition, books, clinical days, exams, and melt-downs would frustrate some, Nick shouldered the extra stress, and carried on with exceptional grace to cover the bills, help Jill study, and take on more responsibility at home. Even during the extreme frustration that came with Nick's first bout with cancer he carried on, seemingly un-affected, and supported the love of his life through her dream. The couple has been married nearly 4 years and has planned to grow their family once Jill completed nursing school, which would be this coming month. Nick is her best friend, her rock, her hero, and her life.

Nick has a tremendous network of friends, which is where A.S.S. Backwards is mostly rooted. Nick is "that guy" that you aspire to be, and all your friends want to be around. He is genuine, caring, understanding and trustworthy. It is no mystery then.. that anyone he meets easily becomes great friends. For so many, Nick is the go-to when you are having issues with your car, dog, work, significant other, or even your child. He is always willing to be the friend that so many people wish they had, and we are all so fortunate to rely on when we need support.

Nick is also the bastion of an automotive community, not only locally, but respected nationwide - even internationally!  Car enthusiasts come to Nick for guidance, quick advice, or just approval of what they are doing with their vehicles. You simply do not get that type of respect by being mediocre. Nick is exceptional at what he does in all regards.


All of us at A.S.S. Backwards know how fantastic of a human being Nick is... and hopefully we have given you enough of a glimpse to realize why we feel that THIS bad thing can not get the best of this GREAT person. 

Nick's Cancer has metastasized to his lymph nodes, more specifically his left retroperitoneum, which has a tumor nearly 3 inches in length. This lymph node is located deep in the abdomen, between the pelvic cavity and the diaphragm. Nick will be facing a rigorous and intense schedule of chemotherapy in the upcoming months and will be unable to work during treatment due to the immuno-compromised and immensely fatigued state he will be enduring. With aspirations for a family in the near future, Nick and Jill will be relying on cryobanking sperm before treatment commences, as the chemo can erase any chance of children for years to come.

As you can see, the whole situation is A.S.S. Backwards, and together we can make one more great thing happen to a truly exceptional person. 

With your generosity, all donations will go towards Nick's medical expenses for his upcoming cancer treatments, assuring Nick and Jill have the option of a family in the future, and help with lost wages due to treatments. Any way you can help is greatly appreciated.  Let's show Nick how much we all love him, that all those years of being selfless have not gone unnoticed, and get him on that road to recovery and remission.

Thank you so much for your love and support.

- Eric Roehm
Stonawski Support Association.

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Week 2 of Chemo. Day 4 of 5. This week was rough compared to the first cycle of treatment. Still fighting strong though! Everyone at the infusion center knows Nick and are always super excited to see him.
The blood work from last Friday revealed that his WBCs were dangerously low, particularly his ANC. So he received 2 injections to stimulate WBC production, which was successful in increasing his neutrophils and will need to be regularly monitored because it is Chemo-Induced Neutropenia. Blood work also shows that his tumor markers are dropping, indicating that he is responding to treatment well. His body is taking a beating, but the cancer is being aggressively attacked.
Thank you everyone for keeping him in your thoughts and for all of the calls, donations, and food over the last couple weeks. Almost halfway through treatment! #FCancer
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First week of chemotherapy done! Still in high spirits even though we missed our favorite car show today, Toyotafest, in Long Beach. Nick is representing for us in the hospital by wearing his Toyota Gear. Other than that, Nick is tolerating treatment well. No major side effects being endured, just fatigue and hiccups (which is seemingly the worst of it). Thank you everyone for checking in with us and for all of the kind words this week. Your support is definitely helping get through it all.
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Thank you for all of your support and donations over the last few weeks. Your love speaks volumes and has been very uplifting for Nick and I. It really means a lot to know that we have such a great community and network of friends and family to get us through this fight. Chemo starts today! We are in high spirits and ready to "knock out cancer". Nick is wearing that shirt. We will definitely be keeping you posted as treatment progresses. Please keep Nick in your thoughts and prayers! And keep spreading the word!
Love you all - Jill, Nick, and Schnitzel
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Raised by 110 people in 2 months
Created May 8, 2019
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