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
A couple of days ago Sara gave me an update on where Michael is at with treatment. She said that he had a relatively good week, as he had a break from chemo. They saw his oncologist this past Monday and although his cancer cells have decreased, they were not at a level she would like. As a result they will have to start 2 day trips to Cornell Hospital for his chemo infusions, which is going to include hotel stays. If the doctor doesn't see a more rapid decrease in the cancer cells she may increase his treatment regimen to 4 days a week in the hospital.
Sara says that, although, they are nervous about taking on an even more aggressive treatment plan, they are staying positive. They want to get to the transplant stage as quickly as possible, as that will be the last step in getting him back in blue.
As far as our GoFundMe campaign goes, it is amazing to see the support that has been showered upon Michael and Sara. We currently stand at $29,505.00 raised in donations!! Amazing!! Thank you to everyone who has given. Money has come in from over 330 people so far. Some that know Michael and Sara very well, and others that will never meet them. Helping a complete stranger in a time of need is, probably, the kindest thing you can do.
Continuing with bright news on the donation front. Big thank you to the Hudson Valley Guns and Hoses for their incredible generosity yesterday!! Pictured from left to right are Chairman Joe Wasilewski, Maria and I, Guns and Hoses President Stephen Reverii, and Treasurer Steve Sansoni. It was Joe who reached out to me, offering to help raise money for Michael and Sara by including us in their annual Winter Classic hockey game. By game's end they handed Maria and I an envelope containing $1,548.00 in donations given by Michael's many supporters. Michael and Sara made it to the arena for a portion of the game, where they were greeted by many of his co-workers - and others that didn't know them before today. Thank you again to Joe, Steve, Steve, and the whole Guns and Hoses organization. Visit their web site at HVGunsandHoses.org to learn more about the great work they do. And thank you to all who found it in their hearts to donate.
With the money from the hockey game added in, our total donations stand at over $31,000!! While this amount is amazing, we are still asking for your help. As you can see with the information above, the costs are going to continue to rise for Michael and Sara. If you are not in a position to donate, that's ok and we understand, but we are all able to spread the word. Please share Michael's story and this GoFundMe campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and by word of mouth. The more eyes on this the better. It will go a long way towards helping ease the financial burden they are undertaking. This way Michael can continue his battle with a little less on his mind.
Thank you all again - Mike
Our family is overwhelmed with gratitude...We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has been sending all of the love, positivity, and good vibes to our family.
We want to say thank you from the very bottom of our hearts. We can't even begin to express our appreciation.
To anyone who has shared our story, commented with encouraging words, or so generously donated to our GoFundMe page - you have all made a huge difference for us during this difficult time. This entire experience has humbled us and it has truly been amazing to see our community come together like this...rallying around Mo and our family with so much love.
Cancer sucks, but, as much as this journey has been one of the worst things to ever happen to our family, it has also been just as beautiful to be a part of.
We have been on the receiving end of so much support. Mo has the honor to see the positive impact he has had in his community and feel how much he is loved by everyone around him. Right now I think he feels a bit like Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life. It is something we will never forget.
It is easy to become discouraged during this journey to kick cancer's butt, but all of your kind, thoughtful, encouraging words continue to bring such a huge smile to his face.
Despite everything we are going through, we know how much to be grateful for and there are so many beautiful reasons to be happy and to stay positive.
We are so blessed. We have so much love for all of you and are forever grateful. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Much love!
We go through our day to day lives without realizing how many people will be there for us in a time of need. Then something like this happens and the people come out in full force. It is truly humbling to see the amount of compassion in people and I am thankful.
We have had almost 250 donations up til now. A lot of people Michael has never met in his life have given to help him in his fight. Word of mouth is an amazing thing. Please, let's keep spreading the word for this man. He is an awesome guy with an awesome family.
Thank you to all who have given and to all who will be giving.
I spoke to Michael and Sara yesterday, and they are blown away by the generous support all you donors have given. Sara said that the support is overwhelming and amazing.
While your donations are helping in a big way with financial stress, Sara said your messages cheering him on and supporting his fight are a big boost to Michael's morale. "Watching him read these messages is priceless."
She slao said that Michael has gotten donations from people he has arrested or their parents. That shows you what kind of person and officer Michael really is.
Michael and Sara, as well as the whole family, are extremely grateful for all that has been done for them. Please, let's keep the "Mo"mentum building.
Thank you again.