In late 2017, Steve was driving home when a young girl drove her car into his. Being always the good Samaritan and caretaker of others, he comforted her. It was a cold Pennsylvania morning, so Steve had her sit in his warm car till her brother could pick her up. Then he went back to his busy life working at an automation tech, farming a 69 acre cow/calf operation, and helping his daughter manage a pizzeria.
He eventually ended up going to the doctor for nagging back pain from the accident. But he was wrong about the cause….He was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer which had spread to S1, L2, and L4 vertebra in his spine.
Since last fall, Steve has fought through radiation, hormone deprivation, chemo, visits, and tests, with high spirits, and endless fortitude.
"It's aged me 20 years, I've gone from a PSA of 780 to 11.6, but I'm not in remission".
Unfortunately, he's reached the limit on how much chemo he can take. No more Chemo. He must find another option, and he’s determined to go the extra mile.
Steve’s option now is an experimental treatment, with Lutetium 177 PSMA radionuclide therapy. It's offered at the Mayo clinic, but only as a random trial based on a lottery, and only if he gets much worse. It's also offered in Germany, where he can be sure of getting the medicine, not a placebo. So that’s what he aims to do, and we hope you will help. He's scraped together his life savings, a serious commitment that those close to him recognize, but it will only cover 1/3 of what he needs. We need to help Steve raise at least $50,000. And we need to make this happen now, within the next 60 days. The funds need to cover 3 treatments in Germany, each one lasting a week, and the treatments aren't cheap, $50k gets us close.
Steve is a man of faith, a Deacon, and loving family man, with a wife that is his best friend, and a son and daughter he loves more than anything in the world. He’s also a farmer, a restaurateur, has been a wrestling club President, a Youth leader, youth baseball coach, a motocross racer and enthusiast, and an online team leader.
"Virtual" Steve, and his global online “band of brothers”:
He’s known as Steve to his family and local community, but to many of us online around the world, from US, India, Russia, Japan, the Netherlands, he is known as “MXer”. Online there is no bias for color, race, there is only the personality that comes through the screen or audio speakers, and MXer’s character did so in spades. His personality is just as charming in person as well as through a computer screen.
Please join us to give Steve/MXer the best chance to fight this battle, and for those nearest and dearest to him.
There are MANY ways you can help in addition to the monetary goal. Promote this cause to your social networks, church members, or community organizations. Vouce for the cause, ask others directly to contribute something, anything, or if they can just pass it along. In all of these messages, we encourage you to paste this hashtag after your message to quickly identify the campaign: #StevesFlight2Fight
PS - here are 25 ways you can help promote this campaign for Steve. See if there are any that you can run with: https://pages.gofundme.com/fundraiser-success-tips/25-tips-and-tricks-for-sharing-your-gofundme-campaign/
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