Mike Cafferty, native South Side Chicagoan, born to Irish immigrant parents, has just recently been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer that has metastasized to his peritoneum and liver.
Monetary assistance is being requested for the oncoming avalanche of medical bills, to support his family, and for funeral and burial arrangements.
The following are some snapshots of his amazing life. At 18, he was a passenger in a horrific car accident which left him a quadriplegic - unable to move his arms and legs and thus not able to feed or bathe himself. He then lived in a nursing home for two years learning how to navigate a very different world than he intended. With the strongest of wills he then attended and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana. Remarkably, he attended and graduated from the De Paul University College of Law. He obtained a position at the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, choosing to dedicate his career to help those afflicted with dementia, Alzheimer's, strokes and other debilitating illnesses, rather than using his legal expertise to enrich himself. He then met and married a selfless, wonderful woman. They have been blessed with 2 young beautiful children.
The daily struggles he already faces are overwhelming, but the stage IV cancer is not something that Mike can will himself to overcome. The medical interventions can only prolong the inevitable. He has been receiving treatment for this very aggressive and complex cancer, but by not working, and with his wife by his side, they will be in need of monetary assistance.