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Raised by 18 people in 26 days
Update: Thank you to those who helped us reach our original goal of $3000.  We can not express our gratitude enough. We have increased the goal due to my Dad’s medical cost being more than we anticipated. Since his diagnoses last week the cancer has already caused him to become diabetic and insulin dependent. He has to have insulin injections daily.

They are putting him on one of the most aggressive forms of chemo treatment every two weeks. It consists of four different types of chemo along with a lot of other medications and many doctor appointments.

Original Post: Recently my dad, Steve has gotten incredibly weak, losing far too much weight too quickly without knowing why. Now we all know why. He has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He has been through a lot. He survived a stroke almost 4 years ago and came out so strong. But now, he is really in the fight of (and for) his life. Successful treatment for this hard-hitting cancer may save his life, but he most likely won’t regain his strength while fighting this. 


We are all still reeling from this diagnosis. Yet even while waiting for final subtype results and a treatment plan, Steve remains so positive and humble. (We will update with subtype and treatment asap).


Steve became my mom’s caretaker when she became very ill 10 years ago with a neuromuscular disease and Lupus. 

Not only did he care for her but he has always been there for all of us kids.

Steve became part of my family’s life 18-years ago. He not only loved and devoted himself to my Mom, he took on the whole family and became our Dad. He loved me and my two sisters and brother as if we were his own. His support  for our family did not waver when my mother became so ill. Steve did not miss a beat, helping my mother wade through her own medical journey, while working, shuffling kids from place to place, cooking and doing all of those things that keep a family going. 

Now that he needs care, there is so much help that is needed. We are hoping to raise money to help with my parents needs and medical bills for Steve. Health insurance is imperative to have, but you quickly learn where it falls short. He has been sent home from the hospital while we wait for test results. One of the co-pays for his first prescriptions is $300. 

He is a loving father and grandfather and has always given himself entirely to his family. Those of you who know him, know that Steve does not just meet people. He meets people and they become friends by the end of the first conversation. He deserves for us to give back to him. If unable to support financially, please be thinking of Steve and our whole family.
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Rejoicing over here!! Steve's lung biopsy came back negative! No cancer in his lungs! This means he is a candidate for surgery to remove the tumor on his pancreas! Of course only after some long hard months of chemo and other treatments to shrink the cancer as much as possible. We are on a road with light at the end! It will be an uphill battle with lots of pain and weakness. We all appreciate the amazing support my parents have received. We can never thank you all enough.
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Steve will be going home today. Seeing an oncologist Monday. We will be withdrawing some money to have someone come help get their house in order and set up for both my parents. We want their home to be as stress free as possible.
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Procedure for a stent to release the toxins building up went well today. Got a biopsy of the tumor. Biopsy result show Pancreatic cancer. Waiting for farther results to the type exactly and treatment options.
Please keep Steve in your tought.
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Melanie Griffin:
I don’t usually share personal stuff like this on Fb but my family could really use some positive thoughts and support right now. My Step dad Steve was feeling sick for the past month thinking it was just a virus but it turns out it is much more than that. We are hoping to find out tomorrow if the mass they found is cancerous or not, and what other issues are going on. He is currently at SB cottage waiting for a procedure to be done that will hopefully relieve some of his discomfort as he is pretty miserable. We are hoping he can get the procedure tomorrow and then we will have more answers. Steve is my mom’s sole caretaker as she has been ill for the past ten plus years and she needs rides to and from the hospital everyday, food, and help just getting around the house. Any donations are so appreciated and will go to these things along with gas, Steve’s medical bills, and his treatment plan. Please keep Steve in your thoughts .
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