Brain Cancer Warrior

My husband, Dusty DeStefano was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer last August, 2012. After a four hour surgery, the golf ball sized tumor was successfully removed. Radiation and chemo-therapy followed, but due to the aggressiveness of this cancer (glioblastoma) the tumor returned and required a second surgery less than ten months later. He must undergo radio-surgery (a localized radiation treatment) and then more chemo-therapy, intravenous this time.
Before all of this transpired, my husband lost his job. He's tried to reclaim a career, but because of his illness and seizures he is unable to drive or work and has been put on permanent disability.
I've been a stay at home mother since we were married in 1993 and though mothering is a full-time job, employers aren't as eager to hire me...though I'm not giving up.
Because we are both unemployed, we have private insurance which is incredibly expensive and lacking in coverage. Our policy doesn't begin to cover Dusty's medical bills and was even exhausted after the first surgery last year.
To make matters worse, our youngest child tore her ACL in a soccer game and required reconstructive surgery. Then, just a month ago she underwent major sinus surgery due to an excess of polyps in her airways. Her doctor bills are, incredibly, nearly as much as my husbands. And with a son in college, our expenses are through the roof. We are having trouble making ends meet.
I hesitated to put our story on Go Fund Me. We've tried very hard to stay afloat on our own, but a friend told me of the kindness and generosity of strangers and I've decided to do this one thing for my husband.
He...we, want to be independent. He wants to provide for his family and with the secondary skills he has, he can.
Dusty's dream is to run a strength and conditioning business for youth athletes. He works with Brookwood High School and the lacrosse team. He's run summer programs locally, renting space to train the students. Historically these programs have been very successful, but now that we have no money to spare, but for mortgage, food, gas (to get to and from dr. appointments in Athens, Ga, St. Mary's Hospital) and some utilities, he is unable to afford a location for his athletes.
This is the perfect job for Dusty. He's amazing with kids. And though he may never grace the corporate world again, he's happy to trade in his suit and tie for a whistle and a coaches chair.
With your help he can pay rent at a facility and train his athletes. With the money he makes training these wonderful kids we can begin to get back on our feet, pay bills and possibly replenish our depleted savings. Standing on our own is our goal.
I desperately love my husband. He's the strongest, sweetest, most courageous man I know.
A superhero in every sense of the word.
He's just lost his cape, is all...so he needs your help to get him off the ground.

Donations

  • Geoff Kennedy 
    • $300 
    • 73 mos
  • Michael Dobbs 
    • $50 
    • 74 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 74 mos
  • Jeff Schieman 
    • $200 
    • 75 mos
  • Jim and Linda Guentert 
    • $50 
    • 75 mos
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Organizer

Dusty DeStefano 
Organizer
Snellville, GA
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