On behalf of the Musolf family (Michael and Lavesha), we would like to ask for your help in supporting them during this challenging time.
He is commonly known as " Coach Mike" for Solano Select Athletic AAU Basketball. He has devoted countless years to the coaching and development of the aspiring youth. He is a father of three (Azhiana, Zion, and Mikahi). He is a dedicated husband to La'Vesha, his children and to the kids he coaches and mentors.
Michael’s journey began on May 26, 2014 during a National AAU tournament in Reno, NV. He began to feel uncomfortable while coaching a game and motioned for his wife. He didn't want his team to see him in pain. So, he asked another coach to take over. Once outside, Mike fell to the ground, where he was rushed to a local hospital. He underwent a 2 1/2-hour surgery for a gastric bleed. He was diagnosed with a perforated ulcer. He stayed a week in the hospital before being released to his primary physician.
Michael was then referred to the Gastroenterologist for a 6 week follow up appointment post-surgery. During that appointment the Doctor performed an endoscopy. Michael and his wife were told there were some areas of the ulcer that didn't heal. They did a biopsy and a few days later Michael received a phone call while at work and was told they discovered abnormal margins. "Sorry Michael you have Gastric Cancer. "Cancer" a word that no one is ever ready to hear. In that moment Michael said he felt lost, numb but he knew he was not alone.
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Michael made that phone call to his wife , who works in Oncology/Infusion, that was the hardest phone call he ever made Michael said, but he knew his wife would know what to do. Before he knew it, things started to move so fast. In a matter of days, he was walking down the hall to the Oncology department, by which he was referred , where they developed a plan for treatment immediately.
After a few weeks of blood test, CT/PET scans and scopes for staging Michael was diagnosed with IIB:Cancer. Michael’s Oncologist and surgeon both agreed that Michael was a good candidate for surgery in hopes of Michael becoming Cancer free. A plan was in place to start Chemo and to have a total or partial gastrectomy.
Michael began Chemo 3 cycle of cisplatin to prepare him for surgery, along with more CT/PET scans. He completed three months of hard chemo. On 12/5 of 2014, he underwent surgery where they discovered the cancer had spread to his peritoneum and omentum. The race to the finish line to become cancer free , now came to a complete stop.
The communication the family received from the Surgeon was Michael is now stage 4 gastric Cancer , with this new diagnosis Michael’s life expectancy was six months to a year, and now is the time to get their affairs in order. La'Vesha said she felt like everything was falling apart at the seams. However, she knew she had to stay strong for her husband and children.
Michael’s Oncologist came and visited with himthat evening . It was exactly 10:30pm he said , she walked in the room and said " Michael, it’s now time to run a marathon slow and steady! I know we thought it was going be a race to the finish line but now we are going to do everything possible to extend your life! To have the best quality of life , that’s our focus now". "Michael, now it was time for the second plan of action to start chemo again." Michael’s tumor had responded well to the chemo. So, Michael started chemo and stayed on it for 2 ½
years , with some breaks. Michael was feeling great. He was able to still work and spend time with his family and friends, go on vacations and most of all he was able to do what he loves , to coach , while on chemo.
In August 2017, he became a candidate for immunotherapy. He was responding well. In November 2017, he developed a blockage. In January 2018, he underwent surgery for stent placement to open the blockage and restarted Chemotherapy. Currently, he is fighting for his life . Michael remains in good spirts, his faith and love is bigger than his fears. Michael lives by his daily affirmation "EVERYDAY I LIVE" and still is involved with coaching his team with the help of his daughter. He stated , he is preparing her for the passing of the clipboard. Although, Michael is having a really hard time right now, he continues to be there for the youth. Michael is living his purpose and embracing his journey called life. All while on chemo and focusing on his food intake in which he has a special regimen diet, not covered by healthcare. He is currently unable to eat solid foods. All donations will supplement homecare needs, treatment, medication, nutrition supplements, and organic juicing.
Please support Mike's Go Fund Me page by making a donation, like, and share this page on your social media. It would be greatly appreciated by all. We understand that money can be tight, so even $5 gets us closer to our goal each and every day. On behalf of the family, we humbly thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marlene Ga or Patricia Merino
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