Support for Fred and Sue Cerkoney

Our parents, Fred and Sue Cerkoney, are known and loved by all those they come in contact with. Their biggest fans are their 9 grandchildren who adore them more than you can imagine. Many know that our dad, Fred’s, health has not been the best for quite awhile. He has a rare disease called porphyria that has caused him to spend much time in and out of hospitals over the last 13 years, more so during the past 2 years. His pain was getting worse and he was spending most of his days receiving treatments that were no longer working. Several weeks ago he made the decision to enter hospice after a discussion with the family. At this point the doctors have been saying it could be hours or it could be days, he hasn’t been awake in a few weeks
but he appears comfortable and that’s all we could ask for after years of horrible pain. The medical bills that have piled up over the years are beyond comprehension. By March or April of this year they had reached well over a million for the first few months of 2018 alone, and he has spent most of his time in the hospital since April, so that number no doubt has grown tremendously. When he got really sick 13 years ago he had to go on disability, and I just found out that since he was no longer employed by his company, he lost his life insurance that was through work. He was no longer able to get additional life insurance because of the porphyria. Our mom and dad didn’t plan on spending their retirement fund on years of medical bills but that became their reality. There are still many medical bills to pay for as well as funeral expenses to cover. Our parents have done so many things for so many people, and have always put their friends and family before themselves. It’s just the kind of people they are. It’s so touching to see the nurses from all different units at Mercy Hospital come in to say hi to our mom and goodbye to our dad after word got around that he was here on hospice at this point. That doesn’t normally happen, I can say that from year of nursing experience. They have touched so many people’s lives, in such amazing ways, and we would like to be able to give back just a fraction of all they have given over the years. We hope to celebrate our dad in the way he deserves, and to help alleviate the stress on our mom by helping with funeral expenses and medical bills in any way possible. This wouldn’t be something we would normally do, but our parents are 2 very amazing people and we want to help in whatever way we can. All funds will go to our mom, Sue Cerkoney, to help with the funeral costs and medical bills.

We are a lucky to have been blessed with such an amazing dad and an even more amazing grandpa!
Steph and Jas & Jodi
(Aaron, Justin, Megan, Lindsey, Riley, Rhandyn, Rance, Regan & Ella)

  • Diane (Burke) Siri 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Murphy and Carol Huston 
    • $50 
    • 50 mos
  • Larry and Debbie Richter 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Mike and Patti Ciardo 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Julie Horbach 
    • $50 
    • 50 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Stephanie Luebke 
Stoughton, WI
Susan Cerkoney 

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