Jason's Battle

For: Jason Chmel
Organizer: Joyce Ruisi Chmel
Jason's Battle (Jason Chmel)
$25,000
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 217 donors
25% Complete
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The Story

Jason's Story:

Last summer of 2012, Jason (age41) his wife Marissa and their two children Emilio and Marcello were traveling every other week to Western Pennsylvania to visit his father who was battling cancer.  During their last visit in late August, Jason had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital.  The doctor ordered for an MRI and found out it was a tumor in the right frontal lobe.   A few days later, Jason and his family returned home and went immediately to see a wonderful neurosurgeon in Philadelphia.  The doctor looked at the scans and determined that Jason would need a craniotomy to remove the tumor the very next morning.  Jason and his wife Marissa were devastated by the news.  They had no time to mentally and emotionally prepare for what was to come next. 

A few days after the operation while recovering in the hospital, Jason received a phone call from his sister saying that their beloved father had lost his battle to cancer.  Saying Jason was upset because he could not attend his father’s funeral would be an understatement.    A week later, Jason was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform (GBM).  It is an aggressive cancer that attacks the brain and spinal cord.  There is no cure for this cancer and he would be considered lucky if he survives five years. 

A month later, Jason had started chemo and radiation, but a few days into it, Jason started to behave differently.  Jason was taken back to the hospital where they did another MRI.  The scans showed the tumor came back with vengeance in the same location.  Once again, the surgeon performed a second craniotomy to remove the tumor.  This time the surgeon was able to do a total resection. In some ways we felt as though Jason’s father was there with him. GBM is compared to a weed, just when you think you have it all out, there are more cells hiding in the brain and you never know when it will return. 

Two weeks after surgery Jason was finally able to go through six weeks of chemo and radiation.    In January 2013, Jason had a follow up MRI and was given the bad news that the cells had returned.  Jason was immediately put on a more aggressive type of chemotherapy and the doctors researched a new device that was created for this particular cancer. The doctors contacted the company and Jason is the first in the hospital to try it!  The device stays on Jason’s head day and night to stop the cells from dividing.  So far he is doing very well and he has had a few good MRI scans since wearing the device.

Through this whole nightmare, we are amazed at Jason’s constant positive outlook on life.  Though he would love to see his boys grow up, he says if he were to go tomorrow it would be ok, because he has led a great life.  His strength and courage are a true inspiration.

Update:07/15/13 Jason's tumor has returned and is scheduled for his third craniontomy Friday July 19, 2013. 

How can you help:

Unfortunately, Jason did not have health insurance when he became ill to cover the outstanding medical expenses. A year prior to his illness, he and his wife were both laid off from their jobs.  Jason was employed for 15 years and his wife for 10 years.  He has had some help with the cost, but not enough.   We need your help raising funds for Jason’s medical bills and other future expenses, so he can have one less burden on his shoulders.

Please post, send to your family and friends, and share liberally.  We appreciate any support that you can provide.  And please keep Jason in your prayers.

Deepest Thanks

P.S. If you are having trouble with sending a donation through this website, you can send a donation to; Marissa Chmel - PO Box 123 Mechanicsville, Pa 18934-0123

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 8, 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014

Happy Belated New Years to Everyone.

I am sorry it has been a while since I have posted something, but this has been quite a transition for my children and myself.  I went from being overwhelmed and pulled in every direction to a silent home when the kids are in school.  At first I enjoyed the silence, but that only lasted for two days.  

We got through the holidays.  With the help of family and my amazing community/friends, the kids and I had an wonderful Christmas. Members from pack 169 put up lights outside our home.  “Santa” and his “elves” came in during the early evening and delivered awesome presents.  I would like to thank all of you who made this Christmas extra special.  There were only tears of joy on Xmas morning.  Marcello was amazed to find a John D. Tractor perfectly assembled (BIG THANK YOU) .  One of my personal favorite gifts was a miniature tree decorated with homemade ornaments made by very special children/angels.  The note from Santa was the topping on the cake.  It is still proudly displayed on our refrigerator.  Our Christmas dinner was perfection.  It was made by one of the parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe.  One of the best pork roast of all time.  I can go on and on about food, but I won’t.

I would also like to say thank you for all of you who have been praying for us and sending well wishes.  Your words of kindness mean more to me than you will ever know.  I have saved every card and read them quite often.  . It is my faith in God and the love I feel from all of you that keeps me going.  I miss Jason every day, but I am still at peace knowing he is healed and safe.  And though my emotional wounds are still raw, I am moving forward and loving life more than ever.    I will never let cancer break me. I will not allow it to have that kind of power.   I am fearless and stronger than I have ever been because of you and my faith.

Our home is filled with laughter, joy and music again.

I love you,

Marissa


Posted on January 8, 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014

Happy Belated New Years to Everyone.

I am sorry it has been a while since I have posted something, but this has been quite a transition for my children and myself.  I went from being overwhelmed and pulled in every direction to a silent home when the kids are in school.  At first I enjoyed the silence, but that only lasted for two days.  

We got through the holidays.  With the help of family and my amazing community/friends, the kids and I had an wonderful Christmas. Members from pack 169 put up lights outside our home.  “Santa” and his “elves” came in during the early evening and delivered awesome presents.  I would like to thank all of you who made this Christmas extra special.  There were only tears of joy on Xmas morning.  Marcello was amazed to find a John D. Tractor perfectly assembled (BIG THANK YOU) .  One of my personal favorite gifts was a miniature tree decorated with homemade ornaments made by very special children/angels.  The note from Santa was the topping on the cake.  It is still proudly displayed on our refrigerator.  Our Christmas dinner was perfection.  It was made by one of the parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe.  One of the best pork roast of all time.  I can go on and on about food, but I won’t.

I would also like to say thank you for all of you who have been praying for us and sending well wishes.  Your words of kindness mean more to me than you will ever know.  I have saved every card and read them quite often.  . It is my faith in God and the love I feel from all of you that keeps me going.  I miss Jason every day, but I am still at peace knowing he is healed and safe.  And though my emotional wounds are still raw, I am moving forward and loving life more than ever.    I will never let cancer break me. I will not allow it to have that kind of power.   I am fearless and stronger than I have ever been because of you and my faith.

Our home is filled with laughter, joy and music again.

I love you,

Marissa


Posted on December 25, 2013

Posted on December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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