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
Mike has had a pretty good couple weeks. He had a nice week off of treatments heading into the Easter weekend, so he was feeling pretty good when the family got together Sunday for lunch. He even joined his kids looking for Easter eggs that were hidden around the yard.
He returned to treatments at the hospital at the beginning of this week, and they seemed to be going well. He is hopeful for only a few more before his cancer cell numbers are at the point where the doctors will harvest some of his bone marrow that will be used for his transplant.
After the doctor harvests his marrow Mike will undergo some serious doses of chemo that will basically kill his immune system. Once that step is done the harvested healthy marrow will be re-introduced to his body. He is his own transplant donor.
As for the attached pictures - Thursday - the girls lacrosse team from Carmel High School dedicated their game that day to Mike. Mike, Sara and the kids were on hand for the honor. Mike was presented a "Stick It To Cancer Officer Schmidt" t-shirt that was signed by the entire team. Check my Facebook page for the video of the presentation.
Anyway - that's my quick update. Let's keep this campaign moving in the right direction and continue to spread the word about Mike's story.
Thank you to you all.
Michael has had a pretty good week or so. The two day a week treatments in the hospital appear to be helping his cancer cell numbers move in the right direction, and if this progress continues he should be approved for his marrow transplant soon. The doc will be giving Michael this upcoming week off of treatment to recharge his batteries.
Our campaign has been great up to this point. Between the money raised here and the cash/checks that have been handed to me your generosity amounts to almost $36,000 of much needed help for Michael and Sara. They continue to be blown away by what all of you have done for them.
While that $36,000 is a big number, unfortunately, there is a lot to be done in order to keep them out in front of their ever increasing costs related to Mo's fight. Those who have donated I ask to please share this campaign on your Facebook pages or other social media you may use.
On a personal note, I was a cop for over 20 years, so I know how we first responders come out for each other when one of us is in trouble. This is not just cops, but fire and EMS services also. We have received over 20 donations from former co-workers of mine - and even a few from their grown children. Six different police unions have contributed. And I'm sure a large number of donations have come from first responders that I do not know, but I do know there are a lot more out there that we can reach by just spreading the word. Talk it up. Post something in your station. I may be old school, but this is what we do. Thank you brothers and sisters.
Again - thank you to all donators. The family greatly appreciates your kindness.
This is the second week of him having to go to the hospital for treatment, as the doctor felt it necessary to get more aggressive with his chemo.
Sara said that Michael had a better week since his first hospital infusions this past Monday and Tuesday, and that his cancer cell numbers were down - so good news there as he gets closer to his upcoming bone marrow transplant.
To date we have had over 350 donations from Michael's supporters. We thank all of you who have given. Your generous gifts have helped to relieve some of the financial stress Michael and Sara face as costs continue to mount.
We further want to thank those who have shared Michael's story on your Facebook pages, whether you were able to donate or not. Spreading the word is a vital element of this campaign, so please keep it going.
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
Stay strong, Brother. We're all here with you!
God bless you and your family deputy Schmidt. Emilio (and our whole family) send you warm wishes for a speedy recovery. Stay strong!!!