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Raised by 192 people in 10 months
Created February 11, 2018
Our beloved Steven Cole aka: Shaman & family our in need of our help! Most of you might know Steve as or dedicated head security guy at many Blues Festivals all over the state of Washington, as well as the promoter for "Rock Cut Blues Festival & Rock Cut Rock Fest," as well as many other successful events. Steve has fallen ill and has had to be taken to Sacred Heart Hospital for some monitoring & testing. He will be there for a bit. His wife Karen & daughter Melanie will be making the track back & forth from there home in Republic, Wa to Spokane Wa. We all know how costly this can be. Once Steve is able to come home they will still have to make many trips to Spokane for more appointments and Karen will have to take time off to. Our main hope is to help them with expenses to ease the stress off both of them. Family & friends I know you will agree the Cole’s are those people that will give there last dollar to someone in need, they always have opened there home to friends, family and the Musicians that have become family traveling through and make them feel like they are at home.
Steve & Karen are not ones to ask for help. But after many of us asking and pleading to help. Karen has gave us the ok to set up a Go Fund Me page. Again this is more of a honor to help such loving people in there time of need. If you would like to donate through PayPal instead please feel free every donation is greatly appreciated.
Please if you would leave a fun memory or photo of Steve please do, let’s give him a little entertainment & love as he sits in the hospital. We love you Shaman & Karen get well soon!!!!
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After the huge let down yesterday with CTCA, I got right on finding somewhere else that can give us a second opinion and maybe more or other options. I'm happy to announce that we will be heading to Seattle next week on the 31st to meet with the pancreatic cancer team with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. They are busy this week compiling all of Steve's records, scans and biopsies (they plan to test the tissue samples in their own laboratories at the University of Washington). I don't want to get my hopes too high, but I am a little hopeful, especially since I already know they will accept our insurance, I made them check twice!
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Steve's out of surgery!!!! This is a recent update from Karen!!!
Just heard from the surgeon, Steve has made it out of surgery, he did very well and this was a very successful surgery! As planned, his spleen and 2/3 of his pancreas were removed, once in there they did find that the cancer was also attached to a small portion of his stomach, a gland and a valve. They ended up having to remove that small portion of his stomach, and small portions of the gland and valve, leaving all three functioning. Preliminary reports show they were able to remove all the cancer in those areas. We will know the grade of the cancer once the pathology report comes back in about a week. Thank you all so much for your prayers today, I know in my heart you all helped him and myself get through it. I love you all so much! Now all I want is to be by his side.
Steve's in great spirits before surgery!!
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Ya!!!! We made it to the first goal!!! Thank you everyone so very much. I can't even begin to tell you how much this will help the Cole family. Each and everyone are so special. When I first set this goal, I decided to start at a reasonable goal. I told myself if we can make it there then we will just keep going. We didn't know at first Steve's results but know that we do and know he will be spending alot more time back and forth to Spokane then expected or hoped. I think we can set the goal a little higher. You all again are truly amazing and thank you so very, very much!!!!
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My heart hurts so bad for Steve & Karen & the kids. Please more then anything we need to rally together and support this family!!! Show them how much we love them, I can not imagine the emotions they are feeling right now. But know this, Steve's a fighter & he has a strong wife, children and hundreds of family & friends they will be there when times are tuff!! We love you Steve & Karen!! Stay strong you can beat this!!

Most recent update as of 2/13/2018

Doc came in and told us Cancer.... They don't know the next step yet, but I don't give a fuck, I will be in Walla Walla for my first gig of the year. We need to be with our friends very badly. Tell everyone that you love them. ❤️
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