The Tappa Family Needs Your Help

$23,270 of $35k goal

Raised by 264 people in 4 months
Tom Maicke
on behalf of Martha Tappa
 WESTMONT, IL

The Tappa family is desperately in need of your help. Back in September of 2013, Martha Tappa was diagnosed with cancer in her thyroid, vocal chords and throat. After multiple surgeries and treatments, Martha slowly started to bounce back, but the medical bills started to stack up. Unfortunately, Martha is not out of the woods yet, as she continues to get 3 month checkups.

Her husband Steve has been by her side until this past August, when he went into the hospital for pneumonia. It was quickly discovered that Steve not only had pneumonia, but congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. Steve has since endured open heart triple bypass surgery and multiple surgeries to alleviate an infection in his sternum. If that wasn't enough, during the process, a non-cancerious tumor was discovered at the base of Steve's brain which is affecting his hearing and motor skills. Steve had surgery to remove the tumor on March 2nd and is still in the recovery process.

The Tappas are physically, mentally and financially exhausted. All their savings, including a 401k have been depleted. Medical leave is quickly running out. The timing couldn't be worse as their 17 year old son Michael prepares to go to college next year...soon to be followed by their 13 year old, AJ.

While medical bills continue to grow at what seems to be an insurmountable rate, they are the least of their worries right now. The Tappas simply need money to survive...groceries, mortgage, utilities, gas money...general expenses  that most of us take for granted. Martha went back to work part time in May and has tried to support the family as best as she can since Steve fell ill, but making ends meet has become near impossible.

Bottom line, the Tappa Family needs your help. I call upon friends, family, and fellow St. Ambrose alumni, to dig deep into your hearts and your wallets and give what you can. No amount is too small and will make a huge difference in this families life. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
"It is not enough to just wish well; we must also do well" -St. Ambrose

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Update 22
Posted by Tom Maicke
12 days ago
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UPDATE: Steve Tappa is HOME!!! After doctors evaluated him, he is progressing well. He is walking slowly now without a walker, balance has improved, wound on head healing well, no sign of fluid leaks and no sign of infection. We remain cautious to avoid him getting sick from even a common cold in fear of even the slightest cough or sneeze tearing a membrane in his head. Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support.
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Update 21
Posted by Tom Maicke
15 days ago
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UPDATE from Martha Tappa: Steve was moved from ICU to a regular room last night. He is talkative and is already saying he is fine after enduring two major brain surgeries in a week. Classic Tappa!! Doctors said his motor skills are excellent and now to work on balance and walking. No sign of fluid accumulation. We hope to have him home by this weekend. Thanks for all your continued love and support. Life is grand despite the challenges!! God thank you for another day of life and love.
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Update 20
Posted by Tom Maicke
16 days ago
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UPDATE from Martha Tappa: Steve had a better night. No trace of fluid or drainage. Nurses checked his eye movement, facial and tongue movement on an hourly basis ALL night to see affects of surgery, rule out paralysis and fluid monitoring. Patient is exhausted today after a night of poking and prodding. Doctors hope to move him out of ICU to a regular room in the next few hours after a few more little tests. He ate well finally and is drinking a lot better than last weekend. Talking and motivation much better. On the mends we hope. Thank you all for the texts and emails. I hope to not overwhelm you with the updates, but it's easier than responding to many texts, calls and emails. Thank you for your ongoing love, prayers and support.
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Update 19
Posted by Tom Maicke
16 days ago
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Steve on the phone last night. He sounds great and his spirits are high. Things seem to be finally looking up for the Tappa family!
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Sue Normoyle
1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Steve

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Nancy Kamminga
4 months ago

I wish that I could help out but I am pretty much in the same boat. Since employment problem in 2010 I had to use credit cards to survive. I decided this week that I will have to declare bankruptcy since I am not gaining ground and not working. The only thing I can offer is prayers.

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$23,270 of $35k goal

Raised by 264 people in 4 months
Created October 29, 2016
Tom Maicke  
on behalf of Martha Tappa
NM
$50
Nathan Mitchell
13 days ago
AS
$50
Angie Seger
16 days ago
GF
$65
Greg & Erin Franich
17 days ago

We love your family and ask Our Lord to bless your family with an abundance of grace to persevere.

LW
$25
Larry Weindruch
17 days ago
TL
$100
Tom Luton
17 days ago
DO
$25
Dean Otte
18 days ago

Continued prayers Tappa family. You're always on my mind so thank you for the updates.

$100
Ed Roshitsh
18 days ago
JJ
$25
Jennifer Johnson
18 days ago
$100
Mary Conroy
18 days ago
$100
Anonymous
18 days ago
Sue Normoyle
1 month ago

Happy Birthday, Steve

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Nancy Kamminga
4 months ago

I wish that I could help out but I am pretty much in the same boat. Since employment problem in 2010 I had to use credit cards to survive. I decided this week that I will have to declare bankruptcy since I am not gaining ground and not working. The only thing I can offer is prayers.

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