Help Mike "Mo" FightCancer #MoPower
First, let me tell you about the man. In his professional life Michael is currently a sworn Deputy for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and has been so for the past 10 years. During his career he has served as the Youth and Adult Officer for Putnam County. Prior to becoming a deputy he worked 3 years as a civilian dispatcher for the Town of Carmel Police Department. Michael has been well respected throughout his public service career and has received many letters of commendation from the Sheriff’s Department. Besides Michael being family, I, too, was an officer of the law, and I know how we First Responders turnout to help our brothers and sisters in a time of need, so please come through for this man – first responder or not.
Michael is truly one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure to meet in my life. He is a loving and dedicated husband to his wife, Sara, who is a teacher in the Carmel School District. He is, also, the proud and loving father to 3 of the cutest children – Samuel, Gemma and Mason – ages 8, 7 and 3 respectively. Michael is a lifelong community member who volunteers as a coach for youth baseball and football. Some of his joys are camping with his family, playing sports and coaching the kids, working with the seniors and youth in the county, and hiking with his dogs.
Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer related to lymphoma and leukemia. In Multiple Myeloma a plasma cell multiplies unusually, releasing too much protein, causing organ damage. These cells crowd normal blood cells in the bones, which causes the dissolving of bone and lytic lesions.
Since being diagnosed correctly Michael has been undergoing aggressive treatments of 1 to 3 chemotherapy sessions a day to suppress the cancer in preparation for an upcoming bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, Michael’s skeletal and immune systems have already been compromised as he suffers from severe inflammation, vasculitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, and bone loss.
After the stem cell transplant Michael will have to spend approximately 1 month at Cornell Hospital in New York City. During this time he will be administered high doses of chemo to destroy any remaining cancer cells and wipe out his entire immune system. He will participate in some clinical trials and have a 3 to 4 month recovery time, followed by a lifetime of maintenance and testing.
As we all know, medical costs can rise into the thousands of dollars in a hurry and insurances cover only so much, which is the reason for this fund raising campaign. Your donations will be used to help ease the financial burden on Michael and his wife, Sara. Monies will be used to offset the costs of large medical bills, daily/weekly doctor visits, co-payments of doctor visits and medications, and extended stays in NYC.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to read this and donate. The donation goal was just a number I picked without really knowing how much is enough, so any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance from the whole family – Mike & Maria Clear
Whereas the donations have been awesome and still welcome, Mo is now in search of an outside donor for his next stem cell transplant. Please read Sara's message below and consider signing up on the www.giftoflife.org registry to see if you are a possible match as a donor. Request a swab kit during the sign up process. The process is better described in Sara's message.
Obviously, this latest development means the financial burden continues for Mo and Sara, so continue to spread the word of this campaign.
Sara Schmidt is with Michael Schmidt.
Hello friends and family. Just want to say thank you in advance for reading this long winded update and special request....
Michael got clearance to start the transplant process again, so the doctor did another stem cell harvest. The doctor was hoping for 7 million stem cells for the transplant, but Mo is an overachiever and produced 13 million in one day!!
His bone marrow transplant actually started yesterday - 9/11!! Mo and Sara are excited about how well he did with his cell production and how strong he has been feeling. Let's keep the good vibes flowing their way with your continued support and positive thoughts.
Thank you again to all who have donated to them during this time of need. It is greatly appreciated by all in the family.
I spoke to Sara this afternoon and here's the latest:
The fund raising BBQ this past Saturday was a huge success. The kids had a blast for a few hours. Sara and Mo got to see so many people who conveyed their positive thoughts and vibes. This was a much needed boost since the past few weeks have been trying. They want to thank the many people who put so much time and effort into making the day the success that it was.
On the medical front, there have been some new developments since my last post. Unfortunately, all the stem cells that were harvested for the transplant were infected and had to be discarded - postponing the transplant. Mo, also, developed an ear infection during this time.
As I had mentioned in an earlier update, Mo has had some cardiac issues with irregualr heartbeat and Tachycardia. While he was in the hospital for the infection a cardiac workup was done. Mo was cleared to go home. In the past few days his infectious disease doctor reviewed the CT scan that was done during that workup and it was discovered that Michael has an enlarged aorta that could possibly burst. The size of it is on the borderline of needing surgery.
Mo is back to going to the city twice a week for chemo infusions. He had tests on his heart today as well as doctor visits to clear his ear infection. They are anxiously waiting to hear from the oncologist and cardiologist to see if Michael needs heart surgery or if it is safe and he is clear to start the transplant process all over again.
Please continue your support of them during this time. It is truly appreciated. Thank you from all of us.
Never give up, Brother! You are not alone!
This is wonderful news! My friend who died last year lived life to the fullest for seven years after her stem cell transplant. I hope and pray that Mike's transplant is even more successful. My thoughts and prayers... and hugs! Go Mo!!!
This is wonderful news!! I am so happy to hear this. Keep up the good work, and I will keep Mike and the entire Schmidt family in my prayers. Love, Danielle
God bless you and your family deputy Schmidt. Emilio (and our whole family) send you warm wishes for a speedy recovery. Stay strong!!!