If you would like to donate to Denise, click the "My Story" link below to see instructions. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and donations. They are greatly appreciated!
(Please note donations for Denise cannot be made through the CaringBridge website.)
Almost 2 years ago, Denise Matteo was given the diagnosis of Stage 4 Maxillofacial Cancer and told she would have had only months to live if this cancer went undetected any longer. A slim chance of survival if she opted for the surgery that was offered as a possible option.
This grim diagnosis and prognosis came shortly after a divorce that left her family without a home, no income, and no child support.The surgery to remove the baseball-sized tumor resulted in the removal of her teeth, cheekbone, jawbone, lower orbital socket and sinus cavity, and also involved a neck dissection to remove 23 lymph nodes. Her face was reconstructed from her leg’s fibular bone, muscle, tissue and vein.
Believe it or not, this brave, strong and determined mother of two survived. Her children are the reason for Denise’s strength to keep fighting to win this battle. Denise does not qualify for Medicaid. However, the operation for teeth and implants and facial reconstruction to repair damage from a hospital incurred staph infection around her eye, will cost an additional $30,000.
Her surgeons have watched Denise’s positive approach to this series of life altering events, and have been so impressed with her recovery, her continued positive attitude, the support of her children who maintained their grades and employment throughout this ordeal of taking care of their mother, that they managed to get the remaining surgery and related costs steeply discounted. We are trying to raise that remaining $30,000 for her. COBRA has dropped her and this is why she needs our help.
If you could contribute any amount towards Denise’s final medical expenses, Denise, her family and all of us would all be incredibly grateful. She wants only to have herself physically put together so she can once again be a part of society and actively seek work again. She also very much wants to become an advocate for this type of cancer and eventually begin a foundation for other patients with this form of cancer.
Friends of Denise Matteo
Donations can be made at all Wachovia branches in person. Click "locations" at the top of the Wachovia web page to find a branch: https://www.wachovia.com/
To mail a contribution, send a check to:
ATTN: Bank By Mail
P.O. Box 26090
Richmond, VA 23260-6090
Denise Matteo Trust Account #1010279531700 on the check. You can also write a note saying who it is for.