Our friend Steve went to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center on August 29th for back pain and has been there ever since. Doctors quickly discovered a large tumor that could have killed him in weeks if not discovered when it was. The weeks following have been filled with extensive tests, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. Through it all, Steve's positivity and sense of humor have been such a comfort to everyone around him. The strength he has shown will surely get him through this, but he has a long road ahead.
Here is what we know: A biopsy confirmed Hodgkin Lymphoma in Steve's shoulder which made its way into the sacrum area of the groin. This created the large tumor that has begun to eat all of the bones in the area. He is on his 7th of 12 intense radiation sessions. This will be followed by very strong (and risky) chemo treatments each week for the next 4-6 months! The last part of treatment will involve replacing his hip, pelvic bone and L4, L5 and S1 vertebrate. This, followed by another 4 months of rehab, will render Steve out of work for about a year and a half.
I want to show Steve that he is not fighting this battle alone. I know many of his friends and family are eager for a way to help Steve and his family get through this tough time and I hope this fundraiser is just the thing. Steve is in the fight of his life, unable to work, with untold medical expenses ahead. Let's help ease the stress that money can cause so he can focus all of his energy on getting back to being the healthy, fun-loving guy we all know and love.
I will be updating this page with any new information as they become available. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers and for considering donating to this page. A little will go a long way.
- Jeanne Topper
- Barbara Brooks
- Jennifer Pettit
- Jody Rubinson Nicoloso
Organizer and beneficiary
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