Fight for Joel

At 33 years old, Joel Roschnafsky has spent most of his adult life helping people.

In 10 years as a Physical Therapist, he has dedicated his career to helping people recover from injury. Over this same period he has dedicated much of his free time to coaching Women's Soccer at Maryville University in St. Louis, first as a volunteer and then as an assistant coach.

A little more than a year ago Joel married the love of his life, Sasha, and they've since been enjoying marriage and planning their future together. While on a trip celebrating their first year of marriage, Joel began to feel the first effects of an illness that has since been diagnosed as Stage 4 Gastric Cancer.

This week Joel visited doctors both at Missouri Baptist in St. Louis and MD Anderson, a Cancer Research Center in Houston. He'll soon be undergoing genetic screening to try to identify which genes are causing the damage to his body. With any luck, Joel can be a part of helping the researchers and doctors at MD Anderson find a treatment for the specific genes that have mutated into cancer. This week he started Chemotherapy treatments that will continue for the foreseeable future.

The fight ahead will place a huge financial burden on Joel and Sasha. Between hospital stays, travel to and from Houston, time off of work, and care for Joel, the bills will add up quickly.

Joel has touched many people's lives and been an incredible friend to all of us along the way. By donating, you will not only help Joel but also be a part of the continued fight against cancer.

Fight for Joel, because no one fights alone.


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