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Lost Battle, need help to bury.

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My brother, and my friend Joe has been battling leukemia for about 2 years.  Having many rounds of Chemotherapy, bloodwork, even a bone marrow transplant, it has not been a pleasant journey to say the least.  In and out of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he has been fighting to stay alive to take care of his 2 girls and our mother.  Mom, Joe and I went through this with my father last August, watching my dad lose his fight with cancer, and now my brother is up to bat.  We are all praying for him to come through with the lords help, but it looks like he may be loosing his battle as well.  My brother is 42 years old with 2 girls, one 16 and the other 12, whom don't understand why god took their grandfather and now taking their father.  I know we all have been there at one time or another, and have seen life's unfairness.  As of this morning, my brother Joe is losing his battle and has now contracted sepsis, respiratory failure, and now in a medically induced coma hopefully to have his body heal while he's sleeping.  We as a family as well as all of his friends have been very supportive with this journey to what we were hoping to be a success, however that not be the case.  Throughout his treatments and pitfalls we have all tried to contribute to the cause either by trying to help with anything we could, whether it be medical bills, living expenses, or just plain trying to help make end meet.  As of today, there are many open ends that need to be closed, however collectively we do not have the resources to make that happen.  As the end is near, we would like to have something to remember him by, but is going to be difficult as he has no life insurance or anything substantial as far as assets.  We all are going to be trying to raise funds to make this happen, and to put aside funds for the girls so they can further their education.  As my wife and I are educators ourselves, and we encourage a better outlook on life, right now that is difficult to see for them.  If there is anyone out there who either has been through this, or is going through this and would like to help with mom, my nieces, and just the general cause, I thank you in advance for your generosity and understanding.


  • Special Education Dept. Amherst HS
    • $200 
    • 5 yrs


Mark Busalachi
Tonawanda, NY

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