Helping Steve & Elisa
Elisa and I became friends when we were 17. We both worked in the same mall and passed each other saying hi so many times that we ended up talking. We had a couple of mutual friends and found out we even lived in the same small neighborhood. The rest was history.
Elisa and I were always the type of friends who would randomly call each other up out of the blue and it was as if no time had passed. This is why I knew when she told me about Steve she had found "the one".
Steve and Elisa met at a Halloween party. He was funny and sweet, And as it turned out a loving and Godly man. 2 years later on October 20, 2008 they were married. They now have two children, Noah who is 6 and Leilani who is 2.
About 2 months ago they discovered that Steve has cancer.
They noticed a lump on the back of his right knee, which turned out to be a tumor. Upon further tests, discovered it has metastisized to his lungs. Steve has been diagnosed with Stage IV Synovial Sarcoma.
Here's where it gets really complicated and why they need your help. Just before this diagnosis Steve took a new job with Palm Beach County, it was a great opportunity for his growing family allowing Elisa to continue as a stay-at-home mom, but because he has not been there a full year, he is not eligible for FMLA.
Even more devastating is that they do not qualify any type of disability or government assistance as long as he is working, but if he stops going to work entirely he loses his health insurance. This of course will cause him to lose his doctors and treatments he has already begun.
We have all the faith in the world that Steve can beat this thing. He is a healthy and strong 37 year old who is doing all he can to fight this, from the natural to the medicine and everything in between, but these treatments will be intensive. He is expected to complete 6 cycles of chemo, each treatment lasting 5 days and then 3 weeks in between full of follow-ups and Dr.'s appointments. Approximately spanning 18 weeks. There will be little time (or energy) amongst this for work.
The hopes are that this will kill the cancer nodules in his lungs as well as shrink the main tumor enough, probably along with radiation that it can be surgically removed. If not amputation may be necessary.
Needless to say, this treatment they have prescribed is about as intensive as it gets. No matter how prepared, I don't think any family can financially handle this type of blow. It's hard to even fathom right now the type of medical expenses they will accrue, so I didn't even know how to set a goal. They are a proud family and never would ask, this is why I as a friend am asking for them- PLEASE HELP THIS FAMILY IN ANY WAY YOU POSSIBLY CAN. Even if it's by sharing this link.
Together we can conquer anything.
Carmen Valentin thank you very much for your support!
Maria Bohorquez we appreciate your donation so much!
Isabel Sadarriaga we're very grateful for your donation! God bless you!
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Pablo Carballeira you have been such a great friend to Steve. Thank you so much for your support!
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To the Anonymous donors, our family is so appreciative! God bless you!
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