Katy's BEAT Cancer Fund
Our sister Katy Perez and her husband Jason Perez welcomed their first daughter, Marley Sue Perez, into the world on January 29, 2016. Their daughter, our amazing niece, was 4 lbs 1 oz, 16 ¼ inches and a beautiful bundle of joy. Marley was born almost a month early as Katy’s due date was originally February 25, 2016. Leading up to Marley’s birth, Katy had been experiencing increased pain in her abdomen, nausea, and losing weight. During an ultrasound, the ultrasound tech found that her liver appeared out of place. Also, there was something showing on her liver. The doctors felt it was in Katy and Marley’s best interest to bring Marley into the world early via C-section. Marley is doing well and was released from the hospital on February 4, 2016. She is healthy, gaining weight and thriving!
Once Marley was born, the doctors began running additional tests to determine the cause of Katy's pain and problems she was experiencing throughout her pregnancy. On January 31, 2016 the doctors founds a mass on Katy's liver. A biopsy was conducted the following day and it was sent off for additional testing. On February 1, 2016 those tests revealed that Katy had cancerous tumors on her liver and pancreas. She was diagnosed with cancer, more specifically Stage IV Metastatic Pancreas / Liver Adenocarcinoma.
This is not what any of us expected to find or see in a 33 year old new mother. What should have been the sounds of celebration in her hospital room and the happy faces of friends and family has been a surreal experience.
Katy has been referred to an amazing team at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Jason & Katy visited them last week for a consultation and 2nd opinion. The diagnosis is the same. She has Pancreatic Cancer that has also spread to her liver. This tumor is inoperable. The positive news is they have accepted Katy into a clinical trial that will consist of a trial drug and chemotherapy. The goal is to push back and shrink these tumors so Katy can gain time with her family, daughter and the hope of new treatment. This cancer team is amazing, everyone was very knowledgeable and very kind. The type of cancer Katy was diagnosed with is their specialty. Katy has committed to the program and will begin her treatments this week.
We all know this is going to be a long road, especially Katy and Jason. The treatment center at IU is a 2.5 hour drive one way for Katy. The days will be long and the treatment rigorous. Katy begins her first phase of this treatment tomorrow, February 17, 2016, with a trip to IU to begin labs, tests, blood work and to have her port placed for Chemo. Once this is complete, she will go back for a followup to begin the trial drug. After that appointment she will begin her Chemotherapy treatments. These treatments will involve a trip to Indianapolis every other week, and a followup appointment to remove her Chemo Pump. All in all, lots of driving and travel and time away. The doctors at IU have given Katy and all of us hope and a positive outlook with this treatment plan.
This is all still very new, raw and changing daily. Katy's husband Jason has been a ROCK in Katy’s life and we are all proud to call him our brother/son. He has been attentive to Katy and Marley’s physical and emotional needs. Jason is taking off as much time as he can from work and Katy hasn’t been able to return. We want to do anything we can to be sure their focus is on Katy’s treatment and Marley, not bills. We know that with a new born, time off of work and the loss of one income those bills are going to start to add up.
Katy is a fighter and has vowed to beat the odds. She has the spirit, determination and the support! What Katy and Jason need from everyone are positive thoughts, prayers, support and well wishes! If you can donate, it is absolutely appreciated. If you can't we just ask you read and share this story and please pray for Katy and her family!
Many, Many thanks to the amazing team of doctors, nurses and staff on the 5th floor at the Birthplace at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Oh who took care of our sister and Marley.
Special thanks as well to Amy Holdgreve and her staff at Amy Holdgreve Photography who donated their time to take photos of Katy, Jason and baby Marley.
Katy, Jason & Baby Marley Sue
Click the play on the video above or click the link below to see their photos in the short video:
Thanks for everyones support, love, thoughts and prayers!
Luke & Nathan Stroh and the Perez & Stroh families
At this time, this page will remain open. Any additional donations and support will go to assist in funeral expenses and towards Marley's future!
Team Katy's Facebook page will remain active:
Katy's Services will be in St. Marys, Ohio at the Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home; 314 W. High Street St. Marys, OH 45885.
Visitation will be from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Rites are scheduled to begin 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 with calling beginning at 12:00 p.m. with Fr. Mark Hoying, officiating.
Katy May (Stroh) Perez, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend to many and loved by all, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 3:18 p.m. of pancreatic cancer at her home surrounded by her family. She was 33 years old, and while young, her life was a tapestry of family, friends, fun and love.
Katy was born on a Thursday; April 29, 1982 to Donald Stroh and Peggy (Scott) Rabatin in St. Marys, Ohio. She was the baby, the third of three children. She was daddy’s little girl and deeply adored her mother. With her brothers, she respected Luke’s advice and had an immense bond with Nathan.
Being the baby, Katy found her voice to stand out. Katy was opinionated on many topics and had no qualms sharing her thoughts on any subject. She was fiercely loyal and loved deeply. Her signature look was that of the tough girl. Even through her rough and tough exterior, one could catch glimpses of her soft side. She was a free spirit who marched to the beat of her own drum.
As a child, Katy was never a girly girl but Katy’s mom dolled her up for many years until Katy ditched those dresses to express her personality through wild, colorful clothing! She had a love for shoes, purses and had more makeup, perfume and hair product than a Saks Fifth Avenue model. Though she lived deep in Buckeye Nation, Katy was a devout Michigan Wolverines fan. A lover of cats, butterflies, the color purple and appointments with her stylist for the latest cut & color. More than anything, there was nothing she loved more than time spent with Jason fishing on a warm, sunny afternoon.
Katy was a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School (Class of 2000). She was a model friend and excelled at making her time in high school fun. Most recently she was employed as a customer service representative for Com-Net in Wapakoneta, Ohio where she was gifted at putting smiles on the faces of the customers that had the privilege to talk to her.
Katy found the love of her life, Jason Perez, at a concert over ten years ago and they wed on September 20, 2013 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Katy always wanted a baby of her own and on January 29, 2016 they welcomed their first daughter, Marley Sue Perez, into the world.
Katy had so much love from family, friends, and many supporters during her life. She is survived by her soulmate, Jason Perez, and beloved daughter, Marley Sue Perez of Wapakoneta, OH; father Donald (Tamme Posada) Stroh of St. Marys, OH; mother Peggy (Glenn) Rabatin of St. Marys, OH; brothers Luke (Jessica) Stroh of Ft. Wayne, IN and Nathan (Stephanie) Stroh of Van Wert, OH; father-in-law Max (Carolyn) Perez of Uniopolis, OH; mother-in-law Marcia Perez of Lima, OH; grandparents-in-law Melvin (Eileen) Werling of Moulton, OH; brother-in-law Jacob Perez of Lima, OH; sister-in-law Jessica Perez of Lima, OH; sister-in-law Jennifer Perez of Lima, OH; step-grandmother Mary Ellen Scott of Anaheim, CA and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Richard Stroh, and grandmother Esther Stroh of St. Marys, OH; grandfather Gerald Scott of Anaheim, CA and grandmother Sue Jutte of St. Marys, OH.
Visitation will be from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home (314 W. High Street St. Marys, OH).
Rites are scheduled to begin 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 with calling beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys with Fr. Mark Hoying, officiating.
Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery in St. Marys.
Memorial contributions may be directed to either the family or via: https://www.gofundme.com/katybeatcancerfund
Condolences may be expressed to her family via: www.millerfuneralhomes.net
- Bob Marley
Knowing Katy was, at times, like being acquainted with a stubborn mule. She did what she wanted, when she wanted. No amount of squabbling, bickering or even arguing would get her to change her mind once it was made up. That's how she approached her fight, with hope and tenacity.
Her strong will to live and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through this journey. At the end of the day, after each treatment or procedure, Katy wanted nothing more than to end the day at home, with Jason and Marley. Regardless of the distance involved, she wanted to be at home surrounded by those she loved and who loved her.
Katy entered into eternal life Thursday April 21 at home, surrounded by love with Jason and her family by her side. Staying true to her stubborn and unwaivering determination,with Jason helping her to fulfill her wishes, she made it home.
The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms.
Katy is at home with Jason and Marley, and spending lots of time with her family. While she is very tired and physically exhausted, she is very much her spunky self. Katy has a tremendous amount of love and support from her family and friends and it makes all the difference!
We want to thank everyone for the continued support, love and prayers of hope and miracles for Katy, keep them coming! We are all blessed to have her in our lives.
Perez & Stroh Families
“One Love, One Heart, One Destiny” - Bob Marley
She met with her team Dr and Nurse to review her blood and other test results. Good news is Katy's blood levels are steady and she was cleared for her chemo treatment! Katy was a bit jaundiced, which is a common side effect of this type of cancer. Otherwise the Dr gave Katy a thumbs up on how she is responding to treatment!
Following her visit with the Dr, Katy went for her chemotherapy treatments which took approximately 4 hours. She completed these without any complications! Following the chemotherapy treatment, Katy had a procedure completed that placed two stents in her bile ducts in her liver to alleviate the jaundice. This procedure also went well!
Even though it was a long day with driving added, Katy was able to be back in Ohio with Jason and Marley by the late evening!
On Thursday, March 17, Mom took Katy to St. Rita's in Lima to disconnect her chemo pump. The pump provides additional chemo treatment to Katy for two days following the main treatments from Indy. After removing the pump, her blood levels were checked and everything continues to look good!
Katy has an upcoming appointment this coming Monday, March 21 in Lima to check her blood levels and her third chemotherapy appointment is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29th. We are all optimistic with her progress and look forward to continued good results!
Katy and Jason are extremely grateful for everyones support, prayers and thoughts! They have truly helped get them through and keep them positive as she continues down her road to recovery!
My thoughts go out to you and your beautiful family. I work for the American Cancer Society, and I encourage your family to reach out to 1-800-227-2345, the 24/7 national Cancer Hotline. They can help you with free lodging, free rides to treatment, a free wig, emotional support, and so much more. Any question you or need you have, they can help, or can help connect your family with another organization who can. Best wishes in your camcer journey, and strength to you and your family.
Katy, darlin, congrats on being a mommy!! you and your family have my prayers and support..