Peter's Fight with Cancer
Peter and Iwona Staniszewski need your help...
Peter and Iwona have two children, Ewa and Mitchell. They have lived in Burlington, Ontario, for the last eleven years, and both children have attended St. Gabriels Catholic School. Mitchell has gone on to graduate, and is currently attending University of Toronto.
In October of 2016, Peter was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. He was only given 2 to 24 months to live. His doctors immediately started aggressive chemotherapy in an attempt to slow the cancer down. Thankfully he was able to enjoy Christmas surrounded by his family. Early in 2017, his condition began to worsen. The doctors increased his chemotherapy, but his cancer did not respond to it. He was recently admitted to hospital, and his prognosis did not look good.
On March 15, 2017, Peter was moved to The Carpenter Hospice here in Burlington, a place specializing in Palliative Care. He is in good spirits, but his health is deteriorating quickly.
Peter worked as a truck driver, and only earned a moderate wage. To help make ends meet, Iwona runs a home daycare for a number of local children in the community. Because Peter has not been able to work since getting sick, Iwona has been the sole supporter of the family, and unfortunately the bills are beginning to pile up.
Although the family is always supportive of their local community, they are also proud and do not like to ask for assistance themselves. We are asking for them. This family needs your support. Even if it is only $5, $10, or $20 it would be appreciated. Anything you can donate to help them get through this, and get back on their feet again...
Thank you for your support!
And thank you for being part of our caring community,
Although Iwona, Mitchell, and Ewa are trying to move on, it is still difficult at times. And the generosity of the community has helped greatly, but they continue to face challenges. The next couple of weeks are going to be especially tough, being the first Christmas without Peter.
Throughout this Christmas season, we ask that you keep Iwona, Mitchell, and Ewa in your thoughts and prayers. And if you are so inclined, please take a moment to post a thoughtful wish, or blessing for them on this page... I know that they appreciate the support. Thank you.
A private service for Peter will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017. Although Iwona would like to include all those that have supported them through this tough time, after some discussion it was decided that a small service for the family would be best.
Iwona has requested that people do not send flowers for the funeral, but instead, please consider a small donation to the Carpenters Hospice, where Peter spent the last remaining weeks of his life.
Peter is to be cremated, and his ashes will be taken back to his homeland of Poland, as he had wished.
This is an especially difficult time because the service comes just two days before Iwona and Peter were to celebrate their 14th anniversary.
Although many would consider this the end of a journey, it is also the start of Iwona's life without Peter. In dealing with the loss and sorrow, Iwona will continue to need guidence and support while she tries to get her family back on their feet. Please keep the family in your thoughts.
Iwona would like to thank all those in the community that have come together to support her and her family, reminding her that she is not alone in this struggle. For those that know Iwona, she was speechless (which doesn't happen often!) at the outpouring of support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Staniszewski Family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and continued support during this difficult time.
"For all the good days, bad days and ones in between... today is one of the worst.. I lost my best friend, wonderful husband and father! We miss you already and it is really just couple of hours since you left...
LOVE YOU a million, thank you for all the love, help and support you gave me and our kids over and over again....till we see each other again."
- Iwona Staniszewski
Peter is currently resting comfortably at the Carpenters Hospice. His treatments have been deferred, as they are no longer effective. He has been prescribed morphine to assist with the pain. Peter is trying to remain in good spirits.
The family would like to thank you for your ongoing thoughts and prayers.