9/11 Fireman - HERO Dad

$27,660 of $30k goal

Raised by 325 people in 1 month
Tanja Pocernich-Wisner
on behalf of Jo-Ann Stach
 NYACK, NY
9/11 Fireman – HERO Dad!


The number of firefighters and other first responders being diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of working countless days at the site of the Twin Towers rubble has been growing. These are not statistics, they are reality.  In yet another tragic tale, in the early weeks of March 2017, retired FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His son Darren writes;

“When most people hear the word hero they think of their favorite comic book character, but for me it's my dad. Growing up he was a fireman for the FDNY. He was even awarded a medal from Mayor Bloomberg for pulling a man out from a burning building. Even more courageous than that was when he was a first responder during the events of 9/11. He spent the first 72 hours at ground zero after the attacks and went back more times than I can count afterwards. From that day on he has been plagued with health issues which forced him to retire sooner than he had intended. Ultimately it has led to him being diagnosed with cancer. He's the toughest person I know and I know he can fight this. I wanted to share his story so that more people would know my dad is a hero.”



 When somebody you know and love is fighting an illness or medical condition the last thing they need to brood over is how their family will manage. From doctor’s bills and copayments to travel costs and lost wages, it can take its toll rather quickly. Even with insurance, medical bills can become a financial burden. The contributions given to the Stach family will provide them some respite from the encumbrance that a diagnosis of cancer can bring.

 
Before this campaign began Jo-Ann was hesitant to give her consent. It’s often hard for any of us to ask for help and her family is no exception. However, she permitted it to go forward under two very important stipulations [in true Jo-Ann Stach fashion];

1)     Each contributor allows her to groom their pet one time FOR FREE!
2)     {For those that do not have pets} you allow her to cook FOR YOU one night in the future.

Non negotiable!   ;) 

In a war like this against a faceless enemy, every tiny bit of humanity helps. This is Lt. Stach’s new war and he’s ready to do battle! Let’s be his hero this time.

The Stach family thanks everybody for their contributions, the prayers, the offering of food, and the willingness to assist with everyday tasks. This is truly a story of love, hope, friendship, triumph and positivity that emerges from a families darkest hours.

 


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Update 1
Posted by Tanja Pocernich-Wisner
1 month ago
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On Monday (3/13/17), Joe begin an aggressive round of chemo which he will continue for 5 weeks with a one week break in between. He was discharged from Mt. Sinai on Sunday and will do the treatments on an outpatient basis. He is resting comfortably at home. Please continue to send him positive healing vibes and/or keep him in your prayers.

"Thumbs Up" seems to be Joe's sign for "We got this!" so in addition to wearing purple send him a "Purple Thumbs Up" whenever you'd like via Jo-Ann’s Facebook, email, or text and she will be sure to pass it along. (We still haven't convinced Joe of the many pleasures of social media! #workingonit )

Joe and his family are humbled by the generosity of their friends, family and the community and want to let each of you know how much you are loved.
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Jo-Ann Ryan-Stach
14 days ago
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My apologies for not coming on sooner to say thank you! Life has been overwhelming lately to say the least....but that's no excuse to not reach out and let you all know how much this has ment to us. We love you all so very much and my gratitude is eternal. I cannot wait to pay it forward!! So please have those fur babies and for those who don't an empty belly.....hopefully soon!!!! Thank you again for loving us and being our backbone of support. We take you all with us each week and will continue to. Love always, THE STACH FAMILY

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Lori Quigley
1 month ago
1
1

We all send our love and Prayers. John, Lori, James, Andrew and Emma Quigley

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$27,660 of $30k goal

Raised by 325 people in 1 month
Created March 11, 2017
Tanja Pocernich-Wisner  
on behalf of Jo-Ann Stach
CD
$200
Christine, Lee, Shannon & Casey Davies
1 month ago
2
2

We are praying for you all and always here for you xoxo

KS
$100
Kim Raso Stewart
1 month ago
2
2

To honor our children's friendship...Kaitlin and Darren. God Bless You and your entire family!

LW
$250
Laura and Jeff Wanamaker
1 month ago
2
2

Keep on keeping on Joe

$50
Tim Yacopino
1 month ago
2
2

Best wishes from your brothers in blue in the NYPD

$100
Tanja Wisner
1 month ago
2
2

Cancer doesn't know who its f*cking with! You got this Joe!

FS
$150
Fred Small
1 month ago
1
1

Joe--we miss your smart-ass comments! Hurry back to keep us in line.

AC
$100
Andrea Composto
1 month ago
1
1

Dear Mr. Stacy: We are good friends of Darren and we love him! Therefore, we love YOU!! We are here to support you! Now go kick cancer's ass!!!XOXO

CW
$50
Cindy Wanamaker
1 month ago
1
1
$100
Kevin Bourke
1 month ago
1
1

Hang Tough Joe. We're Praying for You. You can beat this !!! KGB

KH
$50
Kristofer Hardin
1 month ago
1
1

Sending puppy hugs and licks to get better! ❤ Hazel, Maggie, Cooper, Daisy, & Duncan ❤

Jo-Ann Ryan-Stach
14 days ago
1
1

My apologies for not coming on sooner to say thank you! Life has been overwhelming lately to say the least....but that's no excuse to not reach out and let you all know how much this has ment to us. We love you all so very much and my gratitude is eternal. I cannot wait to pay it forward!! So please have those fur babies and for those who don't an empty belly.....hopefully soon!!!! Thank you again for loving us and being our backbone of support. We take you all with us each week and will continue to. Love always, THE STACH FAMILY

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Lori Quigley
1 month ago
1
1

We all send our love and Prayers. John, Lori, James, Andrew and Emma Quigley

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