Steve was diagnosed with Metastatic Bone Disease and Adrenal Metastasis in early March, 2017. He fought this head on, using radiotherapy and chemotherapy but ultimately lost this fight on 28 February, 2018, almost 12 months since his initial diagnosis.
Steve and Naomi have 9 children, aged 5 to 25, four of whom live at home along with two grandchildren and their daughters partner.
Steve stopped working following his initial diagnosis due to the physical nature of his job, and Naomi has been on leave without pay from her job as an early childhood educator since the end of 2017 to care for Steve as his health continued to deteriorate. As you can imagine, they are under financial pressure. They have had Steve’s medical expenses, rent, bills, groceries, lack of income over the last 12 months, and now, the cost of a funeral. Add to this, the ongoing loss of a second income. You can see how the family would now be under a great deal of stress while their energies would be better spent starting to navigate their life without their dad and husband.
A life that will not include Steve at graduations, weddings, Christmas or any of the times we all just want to spend with our family. Times that many of us take for granted.
We decided to start a gofundme so that Naomi and the kids can focus all of their energy on spending quality time together without the stress of immediately returning to work or paying the bills.
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