Steve and #TeamMagann vs. Acute Myeloid Leukemia

$4,570 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 1 month
Created May 17, 2019
On March 14, 2019 Steve was admitted through the ER to St. Anthony's Hospital for what we thought was a heart attack.  He had symptoms of extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and felt like he was going to pass out.  Within the first 20 minutes the ER doc came in and said "his heart looks fine, but he needs a blood transfusion.   We are going to need to admit him for a bone marrow biopsy.  It looks like he has leukemia."   By March 26th he was officially a Moffitt Cancer Center patient diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  On April 1st he underwent his first round of chemotherapy followed by a brutal 30 long hospital stay while he recovered and battled miscellaneous challenges including 2 back to back sepsis infections. 

His next step is "Consolidation Chemo" which is scheduled for May 29th.  That's followed by another month long recovery.   We just got the confirmation that his brother, Doug is a 10/10 match and he is willing to graciously donate his stem cells for a Bone Marrow Transplant.   The next couple of  battles will be HUGELY tough ones, but we all believe in Steve.  And, just as important, if not more-so, Steve believes in himself.    #TeamMagann  #EverybodyLovesSteve and #LoveHeals have been our hashtags and mottoes over that last couple of months.

But we need your help too.  Of course neither of us has been able to work much since this whirlwind started.  Realistically Steve won't be able to think about working until, at best, a year post transplant.  The Moffitt requirements of a 24 hour caregiver takes me out of work as well.   Yesterday, I was quite literally crying my eyes out about the very real possibility of  losing our home.  One of the transplant requirements is to find "clean/transplant furnished approved housing" from a very specific list that is less than 5 minutes from Moffitt.    The idea of packing up and storing all of our belongings right away, and then living through the next 4-5 months having no idea if we will ever return, or to where, or how or with what is beyond gut wrenching.   I could hardly breathe.  As if just the horrific medical fears and planning isn't enough to take the rest of the life out of you....  I really hate cancer.  (deep sigh)

And, if that's not awful enough, we heard from Social Security that his disability was approved.   Steve's diagnosis is one of a very few that has an automatic "compassionate" approval, but the kicker is that the first check won't come until mid October.  And, contrary to popular belief, it is not retroactive.  Well, by mid October I should be able to get back to work.  And, while his SSD will be about half of what he used to earn, it will be, at least, a big help in offsetting bills next fall... but somehow we have to get from now until then-try to keep our home here, find one near Moffitt, survive the slooowwww summer season at Chill, pay the fine people who are doing both of our jobs,  and keep the co-payments for medical flowing plus umpteen gillion medications.  It's truly overwhelming, to say the least.

We do have faith that God will continue to guide, direct and bless us through this difficult time.  But, we also realize that God works through people.   Certainly God works through doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers, friends, family and hopefully you as well.   Please consider a monetary donation, of any amount,  as a member of our #TeamMagann effort and commitment. 

Updates on Steve's Leukemia's Battle Progress 
I have used this link to Caring Bridge as somewhat of a diary of our cancer journey.  I update there pretty often.  

39290436_155810907493805_r.jpeg

Much Love,
Ruthie & Steve
+ Read More
Your support is making this journey possible. THANK YOU. It's a small thing to say... thank you... when it means so much more. Your generosity is literally changing Steve's chances in surviving this awful cancer. That's literally true. Our hearts are wide open with gratitude.

This link is the latest in my updates. Please sign in and join us as we trudge through the nooks, crannies and mountains of this cancer journey.
This update is called Boldly Go.

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/stevemagannvsaml/journal
+ Read More

$4,570 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 1 month
Created May 17, 2019
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
TW
$50
Terry Williams
2 days ago
LS
$20
Loretta Sadler
4 days ago
$10
Shani Duvall
11 days ago
EJ
$100
Elizabeth Judge
12 days ago
BJ
$200
Bev Jackson
12 days ago
LE
$200
Lynne Easterman
12 days ago
$100
Melinda Pletcher
14 days ago
$100
Anonymous
15 days ago
DC
$50
Donna Cornell
15 days ago
JS
$200
Jeffrey Shelton
22 days ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.