GoForward Otte Kids

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Raised by 322 people in 20 months
My name is Jeff Otte, and for 11 years, I’ve dedicated my life to helping others as a full-time firefighter and paramedic in Illinois. However, I’m now in a tough situation, and I need your support.

On January 26, 2016, I was left alone to care for my seven children. This was not by choice. My wife left home just four days before our oldest son, Brandon, was scheduled to have a tumor removed from his skull. He was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), a very rare type of cancer that causes an excess of white blood cells to accumulate in the body and form tumors.  He is currently receiving a 52 week treatment of chemotherapy.

Right now, my only current support is my sister, Cindy, who has undergone two major brain surgeries to repair her brain aneurysms. While helping care for Brandon and the other children, Cindy got a call from her doctor after a routine mammogram, saying she had breast cancer. She immediately underwent a double mastectomy, but still helps out as much as she can.

I’ve proudly taken on the role of “Mr. Mom” without directly asking for any assistance. Many people have reached out to me offering assistance, and I’m extremely grateful.  

You should also know the some of my children have cognitive and developmental delays (Autism) that require frequent visit to different types of specialists and different types of therapies.

During Brandon’s surgery and recovery, my time was limited with him as I had to return to work. Now that I’ve returned to work as a firefighter/paramedic, it is extremely challenging as I work the 24/48 schedule. I have started this page to ask for donations/prayers or even just a share. I desperately need financial support to hire special needs nannies for the children, so I can continue to work full-time, as we cannot do without the health insurance.

Thank you,

Jeff
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Thank you for the outpouring of support from the community. It truly means so much to all of us. Merry Christmas!
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All 7 Otte babies at church plus a few friends
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Jill M. Coombes-Duff
16 months ago
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Jeff, You are my Facebook friend and I follow your life, and I want to tell you that God has given you the strength like no man has ever been given. To be a full time professional in the Firefighting career with all the tragedies you see and still to come home and think of your children and not yourself is a great test in life, and people that think they have it rough should look what you've done. I am always your Facebook friend for life! Jill Duff

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Dawan Bates
15 months ago

God got you sending prayers and Blessing your way

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Katie Cascamo
16 months ago

Jeff, you are so courageous and strong and an inspiration to your seven children. I was motivated to start my consulting organization Courageous Steps as a result of my special needs child so if there is ever anything I can do, let me know. My dad was a firefighter for 27 years in Berkeley, California and he modeled a deep commitment to our family. All of my best, Katie

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Thomas Roesing
16 months ago

Nancy and I were so saddened to hear of your plight. Give God the reins. He will get you through. Tom & Nan Roesing

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Matt Langlois
19 months ago

Hi Jeff, my son also has Histiocytosis. We live in Frankfort. Let me know if you want to connect. I'm interested in your story.

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Nancy Brouette
19 months ago

So VERY proud of you Jeff!!! you ROCK as a father, a provider of seven children (at least two with special needs) and you are just an AWESOME person!!! To take so much on shows what kind of person you are!!! I LOVE you and the seven munchkins, I admire you and I am glad to call you my godson and nephew!!! TAke care and I will continue to pray for all of you!!! Thank you also to Cindy for stepping up even with your own health issues!!! and to all others who have helped THANK YOU!!!!! love and miss you Jeff and the little ones!!! xoxo

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Anonymous
11 days ago
$10
Christie Rusidoff
11 days ago

God bless. I am praying for you.

$10
Lesley Beadsworth
11 days ago

Good Luck for the future. Wishig you all well.

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4 months ago
Jill M. Coombes-Duff
16 months ago
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Jeff, You are my Facebook friend and I follow your life, and I want to tell you that God has given you the strength like no man has ever been given. To be a full time professional in the Firefighting career with all the tragedies you see and still to come home and think of your children and not yourself is a great test in life, and people that think they have it rough should look what you've done. I am always your Facebook friend for life! Jill Duff

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Dawan Bates
15 months ago

God got you sending prayers and Blessing your way

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Katie Cascamo
16 months ago

Jeff, you are so courageous and strong and an inspiration to your seven children. I was motivated to start my consulting organization Courageous Steps as a result of my special needs child so if there is ever anything I can do, let me know. My dad was a firefighter for 27 years in Berkeley, California and he modeled a deep commitment to our family. All of my best, Katie

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Thomas Roesing
16 months ago

Nancy and I were so saddened to hear of your plight. Give God the reins. He will get you through. Tom & Nan Roesing

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Matt Langlois
19 months ago

Hi Jeff, my son also has Histiocytosis. We live in Frankfort. Let me know if you want to connect. I'm interested in your story.

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Nancy Brouette
19 months ago

So VERY proud of you Jeff!!! you ROCK as a father, a provider of seven children (at least two with special needs) and you are just an AWESOME person!!! To take so much on shows what kind of person you are!!! I LOVE you and the seven munchkins, I admire you and I am glad to call you my godson and nephew!!! TAke care and I will continue to pray for all of you!!! Thank you also to Cindy for stepping up even with your own health issues!!! and to all others who have helped THANK YOU!!!!! love and miss you Jeff and the little ones!!! xoxo

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