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The family and friends of Jeffrey Michael are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against Synovial Sarcoma cancer.

My son Jeffrey Michael was born in California on May 14th, 1995. I was deployed overseas when I was informed I was going to be a father. I knew in my heart we were having a boy. As a new parent this was an exciting time in my life.

Jeffrey is an amazing young man who has a passion for the outdoors, football, soccer, and computers. He's lived in more states as a military brat than most people do their entire life. Living in Maine Jeffrey enjoyed spending as much time in the woods as possible. Building tree forts, playing good guys bad guys, and looking for bugs was his favorite thing.

His favorite pet was his little 13 inch Beagle Lady Belle. Lady Belle was his best friend and companion. Unfortunately Lady Belle had a congenital heart defect that took her from his life after only 7 years; his heart was broken. I will never forget him coming home and crying for hours. Since Lady Belle Jeffrey has had other dogs; Buddy, and Eddie. Lady Belle was hard to replace.

Jeffrey moved to Las Vegas with his mother in July of 2008. Jeffrey excelled in football and academics. He played center, and on special teams. At 6'3" he was a force to be recognized with.

In 2011 Jeffrey moved to Frederick Maryland when his mother was reassigned to Ft. Detrick. Jeffrey again played football and was a starting player on junior varisty and was also invited to play on serveral varsity games. To paint a picture of Jeffrey's resolve, unbeknownst to him, while playing football he broke his collar bone. He said "Dad, I was in some pain, but I didn't think much of it so I stayed in for several more plays until the pain become too much". After the game Jeffrey was taken to the hospital. After x-rays he was informed he had broken his collar bone and would require surgery. His attitude was great! I think he really liked the attention he was getting from all the girls at school. He would joke about being part robot since he had a titanium plate holding the collar bone together.

In the summer of 2012 Jeffrey and his brother Mitchell wanted to go to Maine for the summer to see their grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins. When I saw Jeffrey I noticed a large lump on the right side of his neck. I asked him what happened. Jeffrey responded, I fell asleep wrong and woke up with a sore neck. It's really nothing Dad he would tell me. I urged him to go to the hospital when he returned to Maryland. He finished out the summer in Maine. We had a blast! Climbing on the rocks on the Maine coast at his grandparents summer cottage. We even explored an old abandonded Naval Station near to the cottage. That was fun, but a little creepy!

When Jeffrey returned to Maryland, his mother emailed me a few weeks later and informed me Jeffrey had been in to see the ENT doctor. After 10 days of antibiotics the lump in Jeffrey's neck did not dissipate. The next step was to remove the lump and send a sample for biopsy. The doctor was unable to remove the entire tumor. A sample was sent to the lab, within two days we were informed the sample came back canerous. Jeffrey was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. This cancers predominately affects teenagers and attaches to large muscles in the neck, back, and legs.

On November 15th Jeffrey finished 6 weeks of radiation therapy and round 4 of chemotherapy. On November 28th Jeffrey will go back for another MRI and CT scan to make sure the cancer has not spread. On the 7th of December he will undergo extensive surgery to remove the rest of the tumor, all the lymph nodes on the affected side of his neck, and possibly half of his thyroid gland.

We have created a Facebook page for Jeffrey for those that would like to follow him and his road to recovery. The Facebook page is For Jeffrey Michael

Please keep Jeffrey in your thoughts and prayers! He has a long road ahead of him! God Bless!
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