Help The Papaleo Family

My Dad is sick. There is just no way to sugarcoat it. We found out two weeks ago that he has a cancer of the bone marrow called MDS. In the last month he has spent 19 days at the hospital for blood transfusions, ER visits, various doctor appointments, surgery and finally chemo. “Chemo indefinitely" is actually what we have been told. We seem to be past the point of remission or the hope of fully beating the cancer. Without treatment my beloved Father would only have months to live. Our hope and prayer at this time is for the chemo to do it’s job stalling the sickness, while still allowing my Dad to have a quality of life worth fighting for. 

I cannot imagine a world without my father. I DO NOT WANT to imagine a world without my father and just the thought of it makes it hard to breathe. His life is in God’s hands and as much as I wish there was something I could do to take this sickness away, I am left helpless. I must clarify though that we are NOT hopeless - for we serve a God of miracles and I will never stop fighting alongside my family for one. However, there are still so many things I cannot do and so many things that are out of my control.

In the midst of all the shock and sorrow, I CAN do one thing - try to help ease the remainder of the days my parents are able to spend together. The honest truth is that my dad will spend the rest of his life tied to a hospital and dealing with the side effects of chemo. My mom has done her best to juggle work with all of the appointments and is trying her best to help my dad through the chemo, but it just isn’t sustainable. She needs to be able to focus on him and spend as much time with him as possible.  And he needs her too - so very badly. The love my dad has for my mom after 43 years of marriage is beyond compare. Right now his biggest concern -even in the midst of his health- is the provision of his bride.

That is why I have decided to give this Go Fund Me thing a shot. My goal is that my mom will be able to take a year off from cleaning houses in order that my parents may spend this last season of life TOGETHER. I am taking a step of faith that maybe -just maybe- a community will surround my parents and -one dollar at a time- help carry them through this.

PLEASE spread the word and thank you so much for your love and prayers.


Jamie Stewart
  • SUSAN M. 
    • $100 
    • 32 mos
  • Dale Ketcham  
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
  • Dale Ketcham 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Linda Walker 
    • $200 
    • 50 mos
  • Chet Curry 
    • $25 
    • 51 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jamie Stewart 
Arvada, CO
Pamela Papaleo