Team Bilodeau - Fighting Cancer

Back in March of 2016 when everything was normal, the winter was coming closer to Spring I got a phone call. It was my mom calling me and as soon as I heard her voice I knew something was not right. She said, “We are at the hospital, Steve has to have surgery… I will call you back when we know more.” This was totally out of the blue, unexpected because just a few weeks earlier I was with my mom in Maine with everything status quo. No one wants to ever get a phone call like that, especially when you live multiple states away and hear the news and know you won’t be able to be there each day to support them.
The next phone call comes later. “Steve’s entire kidney is engulfed in a tumor it has to be removed; he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma.” At that moment everything just stops, you lose sight of where you are and what you are doing. Your mind races and races while everything goes on around you as the news sinks in. Then she continues, “We caught it late, it has metastasized in his lungs as well.”
Now it’s a race against time.
Let me tell you a little about my Step Dad Steve, who has been strong and supportive since before I could start forming memories….  he has always been and still is dedicated to accepting my mom, my sister, and I into his family with his two sons. I have grown up with him as my father and watched the happiness he has brought to my mother they are perfect for each other through and through. They created amazing dreams together; getting married, going to Hawaii, and building a house together. It took them 2 decades to have their wedding. The wedding was planned in under 2 months for February 26th, 2017 after Steve’s second treatment failed to work. I have never seen two people happier in their lives than this moment (see photo of them putting cake in each other’s faces). First Dream completed. They got their honey moon in Hawaii when he was in-between treatment cycles. Second Dream completed. The final dream began in September 2017 when the ground was broke to build their house. This land for their new house was something that they were enjoying and working on for 10+ Years, they always planned to build most if themselves as they are both the “do it themselves” kind of people.  Family and Friends have shared this dream with Nanette and Steve (My mom and my step dad)
It is now October 2018, Steve has been strong and fighting this Cancer battle for some time now.  He never complains, he still works, and he still believes in family first.   Steve was recently was released from a 2-week stay in the hospital due to a collapsed lung and to now hear the doctors have discovered the disease has spread and  that his lung is 80% cancer and now  spread to his other lung and throughout his bones.  At this point now he is unable to work, and my mom has become the fulltime caregiver to him while his body is being engulfed with cancer because he is unable to live without assistance. 
This final dream of finishing their Maine home has yet to be completed, over a year later. It’s been put on hold on and off again and again as Steve’s health has fluctuated and the medical bills have poured in through multiple different treatments and many surgeries. These bills have been a financial burden on both of them. This long journey against time is still unknown about how much time is left.
I am starting this fund to help these two people I care for and help in other ways as well.  I myself work alongside my Uncle, my stepbother and kind generous people as much as possible.
I am hopeful with raising the go fund me page and having family and friends contribute that these bills will be lifted and some stress off them.
100% of the $$ raised will go to Mr. and Mrs. Bilodeau to pay hospital medical bills. After that if there are any left-over funds, they will be used to finish building their home together and complete their final dream.
That is something I believe can come true with help from all of us.
Thank you thank you for taking your time and reading our story. And we thank you for your prayers, positivity, and contribution to their fund.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Bernie Patsky 
Sutton, MA
Nanette Bilodeau 
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