The Illinois-based Michael Matters Foundation, in conjunction with The National Walk to End Brain Tumors, held its 2nd Annual 5K Stadium Walk on May 4th, 2014. It was a cool and windy day, yet 400 brave souls came out, endured the conditions,and helped raise a grand total of $30,000 dollars for local brain cancer patients!
The Michael Matters Foundation is pleased to announce their inaugural 2014 event raised $50,000 to help brain cancer patients. The money will support The Michael Matters Grant at the Kellogg Cancer Center located at NorthShore University Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, in addition to other grant and research opportunities being considered.
Even while in treatment at NorthShore Evanston Hospital Kellogg Cancer Center for an inoperable brain tumor, 50-year-old Michael Schostok, a successful trial attorney, husband and father to three children, was saddened when he learned of other patients who were not only fighting for their lives, but also struggling with financial burdens
While fighting for his life, Michael Schostok found how fortunate he was to be able to afford the battle.
“A lot of people have to stop their treatment, and essentially tell themselves, ‘I’m letting myself die because it’s too expensive,’” recalled Marisa Schostok, Michael’s daughter.
Brain cancer ultimately took Michael Schostok’s life in July 2012, but his family continues to help others in their fight against cancer. On Friday night, Jan. 31, the non-profit organization Marisa Schostok helped found held their first fundraising gala at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire.
The Michael Matters Foundation has partnered with NorthShore University HealthSystems to create a grant that will provide financial assistance to brain tumor patients receiving care at the NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Kellogg Cancer Center, located at Evanston Hospital. The $25,000 “Michael Matters Grant” will help patients maintain their quality of life during their treatment.
A message from his wife.
Michael Schostok was my husband and my best friend. He was handsome, smart, and hard working. He had three incredible children, and a brilliant legal career. He was a gifted outdoorsman-avid hunter and fisherman-and loved sports (especially the Chicago Blackhawks)!
The Michael Matters Grant at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Kellogg Cancer Center located at Evanston Hospital… is making a difference in the lives of those battling brain cancer! Each family is very thankful for the assistance provided by this grant.
Here are a few recent examples:
A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a man in his late 60’s with a Glioblastoma. While he’s been battling brain cancer for more than six years, his condition has been rapidly declining over the past few months. The grant will be used to offset the cost of home care, which is needed to assist with his daily activities. The recipient’s wife is currently working two jobs to support the family.
A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a brain cancer patient traveling seven hours to participate in a clinical trial at Kellogg Cancer Center. He is unable to work at this time and the family is now reliant upon only one income. The funds will be used towards travel related to his treatment.
A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a patient in his 60’s and already struggling with another medical condition, when he was recently diagnosed with a Glioblastoma. Unfortunately, he and his wife have very little family support. The grant will be used to defray the costs of home care, rent, and food. A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a 46-year-old man. He is no longer able to work due to the cognitive challenges related to his cancer diagnosis. The patient lives with family. The funds will be used for rent and groceries.
A Michael Matters Grant is helping a 58-year-old woman unable to work due to a reoccurrence of an Astrocytoma. The funds will be used for transportation to appointments, as well as towards prescription medication that is not covered by her health insurance.
A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a 40-year-old man with a reoccurring Glioblastoma being treated with radiation and chemotherapy. The patient is unable to work at this time and short-term disability only provides 65% of usual income. His spouse had to take a leave of absence from her job to care for him, thus decreasing family income further. Grant funds are being used to assist with home care, fuel/transportation costs for treatment and meals. A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a 34-year-old man with malignant Glioma. He had surgery and chemotherapy in the past year and is currently receiving medication; physician follow-up visits every other month, and regular outpatient physical therapy. Since his annual income is below $30,000, he has requested the funds to assist with purchasing an in-home chair lift.
A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a 27-year-old woman with a brainstem Glioma being treated with chemotherapy. The Patient recently wrote a self-published book, “Internal Combat: The Battle Within.” In addition to the grant, the proceeds from the sale of the book will offset her medical expenses. A Michael Matters Grant was awarded to a man in his early 50’s with a stage IV Glioblastoma. His treatment has included chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and rehabilitation. Since treatment began, he has been unable to work and his wife has become his full-time caregiver. The grant assists with the expense of home care.