Bracelets Sold to Support Cancer Patient

Posted on December 18, 2013 by

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During the month of September, my parents, Jeffrey and Stephanie Steiner, went on a hunting trip to Washington. My step mom, Stephanie was having severe back pains during and before her trip. When she came home from her trip, she decided it was time to go to the hospital.

Stephanie’s diagnosis was that she had a tumor on her back that crushed and broke her vertebrate. Later, they found that the tumor was cancerous. She has stage four Melanoma cancer in her skin, breasts, lymph nodes, lungs, and clavicle.

Stephanie stayed in the Jefferson hospital in Philadelphia during the month of October and received surgery on her back. Doctors put screws and plates in her back to brace her spine. When they found the cancer in her clavicle (which is part of the shoulder), the doctors needed to perform surgery again. They put a metal rod down the center of her bone to brace the bone and keep it from breaking.

She started radiation in the month of November and is now taking a form of chemotherapy that is a pill specifically for melanoma. Her family has done research on the pill and found that most people have not made it past twelve to fifteen months taking this pill.

Stephanie did nothing to deserve this. She has never smoked a day in her life, never tanned in UV lighting, or dangerously so outdoors. This could happen to anyone, but for some reason fate picked her.

For the past two months, we have been getting worse and worse news with more and more doctor visits.  As you can imagine, the bills have piled up. I have decided to order bracelets online (similar to the Livestrong bracelets) with a dedication to Stephanie to help raise money for my family.

This horrible discovery has caused a lot of stress for my father, and I am hoping to raise as much money as I can. I was going to surprise him Christmas morning, but there just is not enough time to collect the money, so I am hoping by May I can surprise him with a little bit of hope for his birthday. I know that I will not be able to make all of the money back that he has spent on bills, but, if everyone can help out to make a difference, it would be greatly appreciated.

Although I am not able to sell them during lunch, I will be selling them before and after school.  Anyone who wants a bracelet can see me in the halls or first period in Mrs. Cammauf’s study hall to request a bracelet. We will be selling the bracelets for $1.00. I will be making and ordering the bracelets as soon as possible and will start selling them after Christmas break. Anyone who buys a bracelet will give my family some support and hope.

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