Michael Matters Foundation

mschostokmschostok Chicago, ILPosts: 445
On July 16, 2012, my father Michael passed away from a Glioblastoma brain tumor at the young age of 51. Glioblastoma, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, has been in the news recently after Gord Downie (lead singer of The Tragically Hip) was diagnosed with it in May. After Ed recognized Gord on the first night of Wrigley, I feel compelled to speak about the Michael Matters Foundation and my father's story. Watching my dad go through the entire treatment process (chemotherapy, radiation, and other forms of treatment) from his diagnosis in April of 2011 to his death in July of 2012, my family quickly realized how expensive life became. The high cost of medicine is obvious. However, the driving to and from the hospital 4-5 days a week, the food, the bills, school, all started to add up. These are the things you don't think about when a family member or friend is battling cancer. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to have been financially stable during this difficult time. However, many people stricken by this terrible form of cancer (or any illness for that matter) cannot say the same. After my dad passed, my family, relatives, and our close friends decided to create an organization in my father's name. Not long after my dad passed, The Michael Matters Foundation was created. All of the funds go directly to Glioblastoma patients and their families struggling with transportation costs, food, rent, and of course, medical costs. The fund is primarily established at the Northshore Kellogg Cancer Center in Evanston, IL (the oncology center my dad was at). To this day, the foundation has helped many Glioblastoma patients make some sort of payment that otherwise would have been financially debilitating. Please, take a look at our website and read more about my father's story, my family, and especially Glioblastoma. If you could, please think about making a small donation now or in the future to help those who desperately need it. And hopefully down the road, the Band can maybe lend their amazing support, too. Thanks guys!

https://www.michaelmatters.org/
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 36,172
    edited September 2016
    I feel awful that Americans are subjected to such a medical system - to me it is a profound human rights violation on the part of the American government and on the part of health insurance companies. This is a good cause, and way to promote it. No one should go bankrupt and end up destitute just because they or their loved one gets sick. :frowning:
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  • mschostokmschostok Chicago, ILPosts: 445
    PJ_Soul said:

    I feel awful that Americans are subjected to such a medical system - to me it is a profound human rights violation on the part of the American government and on the part of health insurance companies. This is a good cause, and way to promote it. No one should go bankrupt and end up destitute just because they or their loved one gets sick. :frowning:

    Yes, it's terrible. Highway robbery. Thanks for the support!
    Milwaukee 2014
    MSG 2016 1&2
    Wrigley 2016 1&2
    Eddie Vedder Obama Farewell Address 2017
    Eddie Vedder Louisville, KY 2017
  • mschostokmschostok Chicago, ILPosts: 445
    Christmas season bump!
    Milwaukee 2014
    MSG 2016 1&2
    Wrigley 2016 1&2
    Eddie Vedder Obama Farewell Address 2017
    Eddie Vedder Louisville, KY 2017
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