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Dear Friends and Family,
As most of you probably already know, Michael and Stephanie Bloch and their children are going through a very difficult time emotionally and financially. Stephanie was recently diagnosed with a rare type of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy every other week for the next several months, at memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. After the chemotherapy is done, she will then begin many rounds of radiation. Her diagnosis remains positive, and her chance of recovery is excellent.
We are starting this bridge fund because almost every person we know has been robbed in some way by this insidious disease. Many have lost loved ones and sometimes forced into bankruptcy, to reimburse the hospital, doctors and laboratories for their exorbitant fees. The fact that Stephanie cannot work, and contribute financially to her family, is an extremely overwhelming situation for her. This causes her great concern, and anxiety; this could also hinder her positive attitude and recovery. The Bloch’s are being overwhelmed from bills, due to the lapse in coverage from Michael’s health insurance provider. Plus the College tuition for their daughter, Spencer. Stephanie continues to endure the struggles of what her chemotherapy treatments bring on daily, and weekly. Stephanie handles all of the adversity like Superwoman. She never complains, or asks anyone for anything. She just continues to DO for everyone else, even when she has absolutely no strength. She continues on as if nothing in her life has changed. If you know Stephanie, you would expect nothing less.
The Bloch’s Friends and family continue to provide emotional support for them during this time of need. Their daughter Spencer is settling in for her freshmen year at University of Buffalo in Upstate NY. She’s working hard to remain focused on her studies, even though her heart remains at home with her mother. Stephanie’s main concern through all this is NOT herself, but her husband, and children. This is an important time for their daughter to embark on her future. Stephanie and Michael would have it no other way. They are extremely proud of their daughter, and will continue to support her emotionally and financially so she can continue and excel in her education. At The University of Buffalo. Their son Adam is a sophomore in high school. Adam has taken on a large part of the caretaking responsibilities for his mother. Adam has been an angel to his mother. . Adam and Michael share the everyday duties, as best as they can. Michael and Stephanie are also so very proud of Adam as well. Adam remains focused on his studies, combined with his consistent and arduous athletic training in preparation for the upcoming baseball season. School, training, and care taking of his mother. This situation would be challenging for anyone, let alone a fifteen-year-old boy.
In conclusion, we are asking any of those who care for The Bloch’s to help. Any financial assistance that can be afforded will help them work to clear their growing financial hurdles. Whatever is within the means of those reading this, will be heartfelt and profoundly appreciated.
Any contributions can and will be anonymous, so there is no pressure to donate, if you are unable to do so. Your love and good wishes are always very appreciated.
We would like to thank all of those offering support of any type from the bottom of our hearts.