Mike Schaaf's End of Life Expenses
Organized by: Gina Livingston
April 10, 2016
***UPDATE ON FUNDRAISER***
First and foremost, thank you. Or a word greater than thank you. The generosity from family, friends and strangers is unbelivable and overhwelming. I spoke with Alexis today, and she and Mike are utterly humbled and grateful for the love and support they are feeling. Thank you.
Second, though we have (inconceivabley) already hit our funding goal, I have decided to keep it open for a while longer. When I started this, I thought we could help cover a few, immediate financial needs; to pay a few bills. What this outpouring has done already is to not only pay those bills, but to allow Alexis to take unpaid FMLA time from her job to spend it with Mike and Carey. There is no better gift than time together. Whatever money is raised beyond this will ease additional financial burdens I can't predict and continue to wrap support around this family in the weeks and months ahead.
Again, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. With love, Gina
***ORIGINAL INFORMATION BELOW***
Almost three years ago, Mike Schaaf was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme while his wife Alexis was 20 weeks pregnant with their son. He endured two brain surgeries and numerous complications, only to beat every statistic out there. Mike was doing incredibly well, enjoying life, his wife and his growing son, until the cancer returned in May 2015. Once again, he fought hard against this aggressive disease, but sadly his journey with cancer is coming to an end. A recent MRI showed that, despite the best treatments available, the cancer has continued to progress. With love and faith, Mike and Alexis have decided to stop all treatments and enter Mike into hospice care. Mike has stated that he wants to be "present" during his time here - spending time with family and friends, surrounded in love. We have started this fundraiser to help ease financial burdens for this family as Mike's life comes to an end. His wife Alexis is 32-years-old and their son Carey is two. They need to spend their time together laughing and playing, rather than worrying about how to pay for the inevitable costs that come up as someone transitions. Please consider making a donation to our fundraiser - together we can help make sure their time is spent enjoying one another!!