Stephen is a four year old boy with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. In August 2016 his mom noticed a bump on the side of his head. Doctors couldn’t figure out the cause. A month later, Stephen developed a sudden fever and was rushed to the hospital and given a head CT and chest x-ray. It was then his family learned the news about Stephen’s stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The following day Stephen was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Detroit. He spent ten days in the PICU. His first two days were spent undergoing two surgeries; one for the biopsy of his lymph node and the other to put in a special line for his chemo. In that time, he had five MRI’s, and a bone marrow biopsy. He then started his first round of five chemotherapy treatments. Each lasting three to six days just of treatment. Additionally he spent three to seven days in the hospital to recover from the vomiting and other complications. Since the start of this battle, he has been in the ER three times.
When he is not in the hospital, Stephen needs to see the oncologist twice a week to make sure his blood counts are still good, which usually only amounts to a week and a half at home in between hospital stays. Stephen underwent a third surgery after his fifth round of chemotherapy to remove the large tumor in his chest. He had a chest tube put in, and was in the hospital for four days. Now Stephen is having his first of two bone marrow transplants which will put him in the hospital for a minimum of four weeks. His immune system will be wiped out completely and restarted with his own stem cells. He will need to do this a second time within a month. Following that, they will be traveling out of state for the next step of treatment. Instead of traditional radiations, Stephen will be receiving Proton treatment. He will be gone for up to four weeks, living out of a hotel and hospital. Upon returning home, Stephen will need six to eight months of immunotherapy treatment involving more hospital stays.
Stephen is a very strong and special boy. He wants to beat this so that he may pursue his dreams of being either a K9 police officer or a fire fighter. He wants to help others the way that people have been helping him. Stephen, along with his parents and seven year old sister, thank you for your kindness, generosity, love, support, and prayers. They can’t do this without you.
Thomas Richards Charity is a 501(c)3 non profit charity, fully tax deductible charity donation. Your donation will go directly to help this family over this overwhelmingly emotional time. Please help in anyway you can. There has been and overwhelming show of support from firstresponders K-9 across the country posting photos of the K-9’s on his FB Page Stephen “Strong” these make him smile day in and day out.
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Thomas Richards Charity had the honor of helping out Megan Stockman’s MoCI (Moderately Cognitive Impaired) classroom called S.A.I.L.S at Deerfield Elementary. This class includes children K-5 who are taught (in addition to education), daily living skills.
Each week they are taught the skill of basic cooking. They “travel” around the United States and learn about each state through a weekly PowerPoint and Map activity. After that they cook a traditional recipe from that state at a level in which the vast of the K-5 group can achieve together. The money, sadly, is no longer available for this weekly curriculum. Megan refused to abandoned this cooking program as it makes these students feel so successful. She started paying for the ingredients her self before she was put in contact with TRC.
Thomas Richards Charity was excited to help out our “Community” and donated a Kroger gift card that will cover the groceries for the remainder of the school year.
The 2016 beneficiary of the Matt Moscato Charity Golf is Jennifer Willcock Taliercio
At age 39, Jennifer’s doctor said she was the youngest patient that he had ever diagnosed with Stage 4 COPD/Emphysema/ Alpha-1-Antitrypsin deficiency. Today she has only 18% lung function, permanently requiring her to be on oxygen. With her most recent CT scan showing several spots, we cross our fingers and hope the diagnosis doesn’t show cancer. Without a lung transplant, the doctors anticipate her ability to survive would only be five years, (we are in year four) she remains optimistic about a donor and match.
Consider this situation, add the compounded stress of mounting doctor and medication bills, the burden of wanting to contribute, but being unable to fully work…
Please help Thomas Richards Charity help Jennifer and her family during this difficult time.
The Matt Moscato Charity golf is Friday July 29, 2016 1:00 Shotgun at Sylvan Glen Golf Course and Camp Ticonderoga. More information coming soon.
Julian Kampfschulte is a 7-year-old boy with a big heart and an even bigger smile. He loves drawing, playing pretend, Legos, and video games. He loves playing with and annoying his two sisters, and he really loves his mom and dad. Little Julian should have the rest of his life ahead of him to grow and play.
However, his family received a devastating diagnosis—Julian has a rare genetic degenerative brain disease known as Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). The disease ravages his brain. His symptoms grow worse, including blindness, deafness, seizures, loss of muscle control, and progressive dementia. This relentless downward spiral will lead to permanent disability and death for Julian. It has already begun to affect his vision and he can no longer hear. All of this has happened in only a few weeks.
In the coming months, Julian’s family will need a tremendous amount of support. There are day-to-day needs, medical bills, medical equipment to purchase, household needs, loss of work and memories to create. There is no way to know the length of time this little boy will be with his family, and what expenses will accumulate.
How do you help a family headed on a journey to say goodbye?
Our goal is to provide them with resources to help keep Julian as comfortable as possible and help the family enjoy and treasure their remaining time together. We are hoping there will be time to arrange a special reunion or vacation, so the family can create memories that they will hold in their hearts forever. Your donation will bless them along the way and allow them to focus on the time they have left together. Thank you for keeping Julian Kampfschulte and his family in your prayers.
Thomas Richards Charity is a 501(c)3 non profit charity, fully tax deductible charity donation. Your donation will go directly to pay bills, buy supplies, create memories and help with lost wages over this overwhelmingly emotional time.
Thomas Richards Charity was able to handicap this van for a family in need.
The Thomas Richards Charity board and family members came together to clean up the yard of an amazing Veteran.