Expectant Father Facing Cancer

No one wants to hear the news that they have cancer. It never comes at the "right" time or under the "right" circumstances. That being said, I can think of few worse times to hear those awful words, than when your wife is 8 months pregnant with your first child and you've just begun to start your young family. That is what my brother and his wife heard last Friday when they were informed that he has a Choroidal Melanoma in his left eye. This is considered to be an aggressive cancer although thankfully it has been caught in stage 1. Quickly removing the cancer can result in a good long term outcome. Unfortunately the nearest treatment center for this type of cancer is in NYC, therefore my brother and his wife face travel expenses they hadn't anticipated, along with the potential cost of non-covered treatments.

Due to longstanding financial hardship, my brother has gone without health insurance since the age of 18 until recently at the age of 35. Thankfully, he finally has insurance and was able to catch the cancer before it became terminal. He needs urgent treatment, which most likely necessitates the removal of his left eye due to the size of the tumor and proximity to the optic nerve, because this cancer can rapidly become fatal. With the costs of starting a new family especially with a little girl on her way he's now left wondering how to cover the added expenses suddenly thrust upon him. I hope this GoFundMe campaign will help make this painful process a little less burdensome and ease some of the stress on his mind as he faces the removal of his eye and an uncertain future as a cancer victim. Every little bit helps especially everyone's thoughts and prayers.

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    • $218 
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    • $25 
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    • $20 
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    • $15 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Annie Schaffer
Carthage, NY
Michael Paul Schaffer

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