Steve lives with his wife and young daughter in Phoenix, Arizona, and his son attends university on a scholarship. Steve owns his own small paint and drywall company and had just started to see some financial recovery after the recession years, but things have still been touch and go for his business.
During the summer of 2017, Steve noticed a lump on his neck that seemed to keep getting bigger. Then his throat became sore and stayed that way. When he finally took time from work to have it looked at, his doctor ordered a biopsy, and unfortunately the biopsy came back positive. Upon further examination, Steve was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his throat and several lymph nodes.
Surgery was scheduled, but Steve knew he would need to be able to support his family during his recovery and subsequent treatments. He was scheduled to begin the largest project of his career, and he felt he could complete it before his operation. He invested a great deal in the project and had it nearly completed when he recieved notification that the contractors would not be able to pay him.
Steve was able to pay his workmen, but he could not put off his surgery in early December, and hospital costs and the inability to work have completely drained his reserves- to the point that even his rent money is all but depleated.
Steve came through surgery well, and if he can go forward with radiation treatments and chemotherapy, his prognosis is good. He should be able to resume working in some capacity soon and plans to continue working through his upcoming treatments as much as possible. However, he needs help now to be able to keep an apartment for his family while he gets on his feet, as well as maintain his upcoming treatments.
Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. Funds will be used to recoup some of Steve's lost funds- keeping him and his family in their home, and helping to defray some of his medical costs.
For questions about Steve's situation, please contact him directly via the email address provided in this site.
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