We are setting up this account for our friend and co-worker Mike who is facing quit a battle, a battle, however that can be beat but he needs your help.
Mike is 36 years old and has been through and overcome alot in his life. He has been through many struggle in his life and could've given up but did not. He got back up and every time did his best to become stronger, wiser, and strives to be a better person everyday.
His cancer story started in 2014 when he was diagnosed with a very rare and aggresive form of thyroid cancer called tall cell. He underwent treatment and a very extensive surgery to remove his thyroid and all of his lymph nodes in his neck. During surgery they found that the cancer was wrapped around his voice box and ended up being a ten hour surgery. Mike developed a very severe speech impediment for several months after and missed a total of six months of work and wages.
Mike has come through this battle with cancer and has been trying to stand up on his own two feet and get his life back together. However just whem Mike could see a the light at the end of the tunnel he was diagnosed with cancer again. This time with a more aggressive cancer, esophageal cancer. The doctors say it is extremely rare for someone his age to develop two completely seperate types of cancer. The statistics are not good for this type of cancer, however, they may have caught it in it's early stages giving Mike a chance to fight and beat this cancer! Mike is facing radiation treatments five days a week as well as chemotherapy for five weeks. When the treatments are done he will have an extensive surgery to remove the tumor and to remove part of his esophagus. Financially Mike has been wiped out from his previous surgery and is still paying for it. The lost wages he will incur during this time will not allow him to afford his home or pay his bills.
Mike has remained positive through all of this. We were all devastated to the hear the news of Mike's cancer diagnosis. To our surprise after a week Mike showed up at work and was working every day even when i told him to take a day off. I think coming to work wasnt only to keep his mind off of what was going on but to let us know he was going to fight and beat this cancer. He has lightened up this heavy situation with his humor and quick wit. He is concerned for us and how we are handling the situation and is very open with us about what he is going through. This fight is also our fight. We know he can beat this awful disease again, with the love and support of his family and friends.
Please help ease the burden and strees Mike is under during this terrible time.
THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT
- Bob Krieter
- Molly O'Brien
- Heather McGray
- Brian Mosquera
Organizer and beneficiary
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