The Stacey Baylen Family Scholarship Fund
Organized by: Kurt Kutska
Stacey passed away Sunday, June 26th after her very courageous battle with cancer.
June 28, 2016
Stacey began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 1998, working in the Proviso School District. In 1999, she started in District 214 at Nipper Career Education Center. She worked at Nipper for five years, but due to the school closing, was transferred to Buffalo Grove High School in 2004 where she has since worked.
In March 2011, Stacey celebrated her 37th birthday, her 7 year wedding anniversary, and her son’s 5th birthday. It was supposed to be a month of joy and celebration, but unfortunately, she was given unwelcome news - she has cancer. Stacey was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colorectal cancer. Although the news was horrific, Stacey was determined to kick cancer in the teeth. Her family, including extended family members and former students she took in as her own, needed her. She was determined to be there for them all. Stacey strapped on her battle gear and prepared to fight.
Over the past 5 years, she has received dozens of rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, had a very major surgical procedure, and made many trips to the ER. It's fair to say that the journey has been full of struggles and pain, both physical and emotional. It's also fair to say that the journey has always been full of hope, as Stacey is incredibly optimistic, regardless of numerous setbacks! She is now visiting her 5th oncologist and is being treated at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in Zion, IL. She was already treated at the University of Chicago, MD Anderson in Houston, and two other local facilities. She knows her miracle for the cure is out there and is hopeful CTCA is the miracle factory.
Throughout the journey, Stacey's family and friends have been extremely supportive. With her battalion of compassionate and selfless people, she knew she would not be alone. To this day, she is incredibly grateful for the continued love, support, prayers, and hope for her miracle.