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Raised by 133 people in 10 months
My beloved husband Michael was unexpectedly diagnosed with advanced stage III adenocarcinoma colorectal cancer in October. His doctors started aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment immediately. He’s on day 17 of 28 of phase 1. The side effects have been rough, but he’s a trooper and has an amazingly positive attitude.


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The next step in Michael’s treatment will be major surgery to remove at least 14 inches of his colon and surrounding lymph nodes. Our medical bills are piling up quickly. Even with insurance, the out-of-pocket costs will be significant and have a major impact on our family.

Michael and I both work (more than) full time and hope that he will be able to continue working as long as possible. To help pay for Michael’s surgery and cancer treatments and lift the burden at this difficult time, we would be extremely grateful for any support you feel you can give.


About Michael
As anyone who knows Michael will tell you, he’s incredibly caring, talented and funny. He’s always looking for ways to help others and make them smile. Michael makes friends for life. He’s also a very loving, patient and compassionate husband and father. We have a blended family with 4 children, Sophie 7, Jack 12, and Lily and Will 14.


Another Way We Can Help Each Other

I'd also happily welcome any real estate opportunities you can send my way. Our valued past clients know that Michael and I are hard-working Realtors who take excellent care of our clients. If you know anyone looking to buy or sell a home, I work by referral across the Austin metro area. Client reviews at loveatxhomes.com .


Our History

Unfortunately, one of the reasons we need to ask for help is because we're still paying off huge medical debt from Sophie‘s birth, her NICU stay, and my prenatal intensive care in 2009-10. As some of you know, when I was pregnant with her, I developed pre-eclampsia and was hospitalized. The BCBS policy we had at the time shockingly excluded it as a non-covered condition, even though it was very life-threatening to both of us. Nothing was covered by insurance, and I couldn’t switch policies at that time because it was a pre-existing condition. Sophie was delivered by C-section early to save her life, and she weighed 3 lbs 6 oz at birth. Thankfully, she is healthy and thriving today. She had 2 major ear surgeries in 2016 due to cholesteatoma
but has otherwise fared well.


Many Thanks

Michael and I deeply appreciate the kindness, love and encouragement our dear friends and family have shown us since his diagnosis, and through life's challenges over the years. We kindly ask that you please keep Michael and our family in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through this journey. We’re both fighting cancer with everything we’ve got.


With much love and gratitude,

Michelle, Michael, Lily, Will, Jack and Sophie
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I hope this finds all of you doing well. We’re celebrating Michael’s 52nd birthday (Sep 16) in a big way this year! Many of you have heard about or seen our latest updates on social media and email, but for those who haven’t, I wanted to share the wonderful news and thank you all again for your support, from the bottom of our hearts.

Michael's oncologist confirmed that he is 100% in remission! He went through a colon resection/ileostomy in Feb (and then a reversal surgery on Aug 13), 8 IV chemo and 28 radiation cycles (with oral chemo). It’s been tough, but he's endured everything with a positive attitude! The pics are from July at S. Austin Cancer Center.

We’re thankful as always to God, our wonderful families, dear friends, generous gofundme donors, and Michael's caregivers for all of your heartfelt support and kindness over the past year. We couldn’t have made it through this journey without you.

With love and gratitude,

Michelle, Michael, Lily, Will, Jack and Sophie
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A long-overdue update and good news on Michael’s recovery! He’s doing really well. Your support, notes, calls, prayers, meals, etc have meant the world to us.

His radiation/oral chemo treatments last Oct-Nov were effective. In late February, he had surgery to remove the tumor/lymph nodes and a colon resection that went smoothly. He's considered ‘cancer-free’ at this point!

Last week he had a chemo port surgically implanted and started IV treatments. His oncologist is using the FOLFOX regimen to prevent recurrence of the cancer.

The chemo treatments will last 4 months, then he’ll have another big surgery to reverse the temporary ileostomy, hopefully by mid summer. I continue to be amazed by his courage and endurance.

Our family is very grateful to every one of you for your support. It has made the last several months so much easier for all of us to bear.

With love,

Michael, Michelle, Lily, Will, Jack and Sophie
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An update on my husband Michael! His colon surgery is scheduled for Wed, Feb 28 at St. David’s Hospital on Ben White Blvd. He’ll probably be able to come home in 4-5 days. For anyone who might be interested in a care calendar for meals, rides for the kids, etc, one of my friends will share a signup sheet. Michael and I continue to be extremely grateful for any help.

Thankfully, he’s been feeling better overall. His doctors believe the radiation and chemo so far have been effective. They plan for him to have more chemo after he recovers from surgery.

Thanks to every one of you for your generous donations, prayers, rides, meals, caring thoughts, cards, emails, calls, etc. Your support means the world to both of us, and our whole family.

With much love and gratitude,

Michelle, Michael, Lily, Will, Jack and Sophie
Michael and our fur baby Ruthie
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A long-overdue update on Michael and some good news! He finished the first round of radiation/chemo just after Thanksgiving. He’s been gradually feeling a bit better…fewer cancer symptoms and treatment side effects! We’re preparing for his big surgery in Feb. Several have asked about a care calendar for meals, etc at that time. Stay tuned...

Michael and I continue to be eternally grateful for the outpouring of support he and our family have received since his diagnosis. Everyone’s thoughtful words, donations, gifts, prayers, and countless other acts of kindness have truly made the past few months so much easier. With love and gratitude, Michael, Michelle, Lily, Will, Jack and Sophie
At little sis Sophie's pajama bday party
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