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Please help us show love and support for Steve as he fights his battle with Stomach Cancer. Thank You and Peace be with you.

We would like to help ease the stress and burden of medical bills for Craig Steven Moskal, that have accumulated and will continue to come in as Steve fights his battle against cancer. Health insurance is a blessing to have, especially when dealing with major health issues, but as many of you know, it is rare that it covers 100%. After being out of work for over two years, even 20% co-pays can be staggering. My brothers story begins in 2011, when he went to the hospital because of stomach pain. Steve was told he had ulcers and to take some over the counter medication, Prilosec would be good, and you should find relief. Well, he did for a bit. The pain came back and another trip to the ER later he was informed that he had 10 Ulcers. The medication the doctors were treating Steve with over the course of a year had worked, the 10 ulcers turned into 1 big one. My Sister-in-law, Sharon had a gut feeling that something was not right and she pursued this point with the doctors until they relented and did some further testing. On August 18th, their eleventh wedding anniversary, they were in the doctors office being told the results of his latest test. Steve had Agressive Stage 3T Stomach Cancer. On August 27th, a short nine days later, Steve was going to have surgery to remove 40% of his stomach and the surgery would last approximately 3 hours. Well surgery did not go as planned. What Steve's surgeon discovered, was that this cancer had been very busy over those nine days. The cancer was so very aggressive, they now needed to remove 90 % of his stomach and a few inches from the small intestine. That 3 hour surgery, turned in 6 hours. I can tell you personally, that when you are waiting with a bated breath for news of a loved one, every minute of those hours, seem like days. Steve spent the next week in the hospital, most of it in ICU. He came home on Labor day. Steve had 14 staples on the outside and more than 108 sutures on the inside of his stomach, which is now the size if a ½ dollar. At Steve's last doctors appointment he weighed in at 104 pounds. Normal weight for Steve used to be around 149 to 151 pounds, now he jokes with himself as well as others and says "If I don’t hold on to something I will blow away." We will be visiting the Cancer Center again next week to see what progress has been make in getting his weight back up as well as a start date for Chemo and Radiation. This treatment will last 6 days a week for a month or more. He is looking forward to having Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays off to recuperate. Our hope is to help raise enough money to cover his medical expense, that his insurance does not cover, which is already more than him and his wife can afford, they have already exhausted all they have. If we can relieve the financial stress from the shoulders of Steve and Sharon, they can give all of their attention and strength where it is needed most...beating this cancer. Thank you for taking the time to read Steve's story. We truly and deeply appreciate everything you are able to contribute, even if it's a prayer or kind words. The power of both is Amazing.

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