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Brooke's Battle With Breast Cancer

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There’s an old quote that reads, “There’s no education like adversity.” This year, Chad and Brooke Schmaltz (Trehey) have been receiving quite an education. And the cost of it has become too much for this young family to bear.

In February, at 36-years-old, Brooke was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The cancer has metastasized to her bones and there is no cure. She needs scans every 3 months, monthly treatment and daily medication in an attempt to control this burden for the rest of her life.

In May, Brooke required back surgery to repair a bulging disc that was making it difficult for her to walk. As a result, she had to miss several weeks of work.

In June, within days of Brooke being cleared to return to work. Chad fractured his leg playing softball. Later in the same month, the family’s minivan (which Brooke uses daily to take their young boys [Malachi: 6, Declan: 3] to swimming lessons and baseball games) became unsafe to drive and in need of multiple repairs.

Then, in mid-July they were having problems with their air conditioning and found out they need a new furnace and central air conditioner.

Sometimes, everything hits at once. Challenges arise by the day and with them, opportunities for friends and families to come together to help one another. Chad, Brooke, Malachi and Declan are in search of the grace and compassion of other good people.

If you’ve read this, thank you. If you have the means to help a family in need, thank you. The Schmaltz’s have done a lot of praying, tried to keep smiling and have learned a lot this year. A final lesson in generosity would be more appreciated than you might know. Again, thank you.


  • Christina Hinz
    • $25 
    • 6 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Ben Trehey
Rochester, MN
Brooke Schmaltz

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