Ernie's Brain Cancer - Fighting For His Life

01/05/2021 - Please share
What your donations have helped pay for so far:
-Surgery and Therapy
-Medical Supplies
- A couple Christmas gifts for Lily
- Living Expenses
- Heat (we are in Boston)
- Peace of Mind ( we are thankful)

From Lauren (Ernie's Wife) "So... it’s been an interesting week. Ernie is back in the hospital after another brain surgery to remove the piece of skull that was initially cut out during the first surgery as it became severely infected. The piece of bone had to be discarded, and thus he has to have an open skull with brain exposed until the infection is cleared up enough for Dr. Vega to go back in and replace it. He will be fitted with a special helmet to protect his brain from further injury. Also, there were two more spots of tumor regrowth found on the periphery of where the initial tumor was located. This means that he will have more brain surgery to remove the cancerous nodules after he is recovered enough from this infection. This could be anywhere from two to six weeks from now. This is a bump in the road but Ernie is strong and fighting with all he’s got. Please send all the love and strength you can.... covid is causing the hospital to be at complete capacity and he is not allowed any visitors at all. Extra tough. Love to everyone. Please pray for us ♥️

If you can please consider a donation to our go fund me... you all have kept us from losing everything and words do not adequately express our gratitude. Thank you for your continued support and empathy"

Our brother, Ernie who is only 40 years old went into to ER yesterday for a severe headache and immediately got admitted into the hospital. Upon further examination, Ernie’s world was turned upside-down when the doctors diagnosed him with an aggressive large brain tumor. Ernie, a father and husband is undergoing extensive brain surgery on Monday September 28th. Medical expenses, even with insurance are devastating. Ernie is the sole provider for his family - his wife Lauren and 7-year old daughter, Lily. For those of you that know Lily and Lauren, know that he is Lily’s world and love of Lauren’s life. His road to recovery is long and extensive and will last for years.

Due to the recent pandemic,  Ernie’s family is already facing financial hardship and Lily will not get to visit her father before or after his life changing surgery. Even though we can’t be there physically for Ernie’s recovery, we can all help by relieving the financial stress of this horrible situation. We would be grateful if you could please donate to help relieve the financial pressure from his wife and daughter, so that Lauren and Lily may concentrate on what is most important, getting Ernie, their precious husband and father back home where he belongs. Anybody that knows Ernie, knows how big his heart is and he would give you the shirt of his back.
If you are not able to donate, we kindly ask that you share this and help spread the word. We also ask you to keep his mother, father, wife, daughter, brothers and sisters in your prayers and send love, light and healing energy to Ernie and our family during this extremely traumatic time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and we will provide updates as we get them.



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Organizer and beneficiary

Jessica Shapiro 
Milton, MA
Lauren Shapiro 
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