About 4 months ago we found out that our dad, Milton Skopinski, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma of the lung and bone. He proceeded with immunotherapy treatment, and had only made it through 2 rounds of immunotherapy before we noticed one particular nodule that was growing rapidly. On July 18, we went to his scheduled pre-therapy oncology visit where an overall evaluation was conducted. His oncologist shared with us that she did not believe the immunotherapy was working, and that if the tests they scheduled confirmed her fears we were only expected to have him with us a few more weeks. We moved forward with putting him on oxygen at home and scheduled the testing. On July 20, only two days later, I decided it was time to call for an ambulance as he was mostly non responsive and was really struggling to breath even with his oxygen. When we arrived at the hospital, we were informed that he had a very severe case of pneumonia and that, with his already compromised immune system and weak lungs, we were in for an uphill battle. The doctors told us that we would know within 24-48 hours if the antibiotics would be able to cure the pneumonia. We waited 72 hours, attempted additional medication, and prayed for a miracle. After every attempt was made to help clear the pneumonia, we could see that it wasn’t working and that he was deteriorating and continuing to suffer. As a family, we decided to bring him home to be comfortable and to be with his wife, his daughters, his sons, and his grandchildren. That same day, July 23, 2019 at 10:45 pm, he passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones and in the beautiful home that he had built.
Due how quickly everything happened, our family wasn’t quite ready for all of the expenses that comes along with someone passing. We are asking that, in lieu of flowers, you please donate to this page to help offset the unfortunate costs that accrue during this already difficult time. Any amount will help and be greatly appreciated.