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Supporting MJ Held

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Raised by 130 people in 26 months
Created June 30, 2017
Many of you know my brother in law, MJ Held.  He is 42 years old and has been happily married to his high school sweetheart Kerrie for 18 years. They have 2 children, Madyson who is 14 years old  and Michael who is 9.

In a blink of an eye, everything can change. In June, MJ had pains in the abdominal area and thought it might be something like gallbladder issues. He ended up in the hospital. As his white blood cell counts continued to rise, surgery was done to remove a hematoma that was attached to the liver. Then we all received a slap in the face . . .CANCER!  How could this be? His  stomach, liver, kidneys, lungs, bones, and brain look great! MJ has been diagnosed with non primary source cancer or CUP. Less than 10% of the population have this type of cancer. One of the main issues is that they cannot determine where the cancer has started so treating it becomes more complicated. His information has been sent to a national lab and we are still waiting for answers for a match for chemo treatment that will hopefully come. The PET scan showed cancer cells in his abdomen area and in a lymph node.  He is schedule to have his chemo port placed on Monday, July 3rd. We are hoping to get him to the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion but he is weak and unsure about traveling that distance. If Chemo is started in Green Bay, he needs to wait until 2 rounds of chemo has been completed before he can be seen at Mayo. MJ will beat this Stage 4 cancer!

On top of his focus on recovering from major surgery and processing the news about cancer, MJ has not been at work since June 7th. Money raised from this Go Fund Me Account will help assist with doctor bills, insurance co-pays, travel costs and lost wages.
Please join MJ in this battle with cancer and keep MJ and his family in your heart and in your prayers!
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If you plan on attending the visitation on Friday, know that jeans are acceptable as we will be casual.
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MJ Held, 42, born on March 25, 1975, a lifelong resident of Green Bay, passed away August 13, 2017, fighting the toughest battle of his life trying to keep his family from knowing how hard the last 2 months have been on him while battling cancer. MJ was greeted by his daughter, Aubrey Faith, at the gates of Heaven, but not before he managed to get out a few last, “I Love You’s”.
MJ was a 1993 graduate of Green Bay West High School where he had many accomplishments and was known for being a class act and all around nice guy. He made extraordinary friendships that he held close to his heart. That group of “the guys” are just as close today as they have been over the past 30 years. They were a great group of guys and always had each others backs.
His greatest accomplishment throughout high school was meeting his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Kerrie (Hein) Held. MJ and Kerrie shared 25 ½ years together. MJ and Kerrie were married on October 17, 1998, and had three children: Aubrey Faith, Madyson, and Michael.
MJ started his career with Van Boxtel Automotive and was currently General Manager for Koehne Car Credit. He loved his career.
One of his greatest joys was watching Madyson dance and Michael play soccer. He also enjoyed football, especially the Packers, tailgating with family and friends, and going for rides in his convertible.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Kerrie; two children, Madyson and Michael; parents, Michael A. and MaryKay (O’Brien) Held; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Rosemary Hein; brother, Robert (Kathy) Held, and their children Whitney Held and Kayla Ramirez; sister, Jennifer (Jonny) Legois, and their children, Brynn and Bryce; three brothers-in-law: Ken (Culleen) Hein and their children, Chelsea Rayfield, Cody, Katie, and Chelsie Wendricks; Keith (Jenni) Hein and their children, Colin and Finley; and Tommy (fiancé- Jesse Peer) Hein, and their children, Morgann and Cooper; and other relatives and many wonderful friends.
MJ was preceded in death by his daughter, Aubrey Faith; grandparents, Dean and Arldeen O’Brien, Doug and Elsie Held, and Stanley R. Hein, Sr.; and Uncle John O’Brien.
Family and friends may visit Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., Green Bay, on Friday, August 18, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. until the hour of Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ashwani Bhatia for his wonderful care, attention, and friendship given to MJ and his family. We would also like to thank the many people who contributed during this most difficult time.
When your Beautiful
Heart Stopped Beating
My Heart Just
Broke In Two
Knowing That Here On
Earth, There will Never be Another like You.
MJ, you’re the BEST!

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It is with a heavy heart to share that MJ passed earlier this evening with family and loved ones by his side. Your thoughts and prayers are very appreciated. Please give the family time and avoid texts or calls at this time. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and kind words.
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Fri Aug. 11th: MJ has been flown to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. For the flight he needed to have a breathing tube put in. His kidneys are not working and they felt that Froedtert would be a better place to address this issue and for dialysis. Please, please keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers.
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