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Michael Schostok’s personal story is not unlike the thousands of people in the U.S. who are diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor each year. For Michael, about a month after turning 50-years-old, he began experiencing problems with his memory, hearing and eyesight. Concerned, his wife took him to the emergency room. Shortly thereafter, Michael was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor—an inoperable, advanced malignant tumor. This man, who was healthy and vibrant one week earlier, was now given only four months to a year to live.
He ended up living 15-months after his original diagnosis and he was thankful for each and every day he was able to experience with his family and loved ones.
During his treatment, Michael frequently expressed his sadness for those stricken with the same disease, but who were unable to receive certain life-extending medications or even cover important secondary expenses—like transportation to treatment, hotel stays, food and childcare—due to financial restraints caused by their disease.
He passionately believed everyone should be able to maintain a high quality of life throughout the treatment process. We hope to make his wish a reality.
The Michael Matters Foundation along with MichaelMatters.org offers access to information and links that were helpful to the Schostok family during those early days of diagnosis. It also provides a venue to raise funds to raise awareness, fight brain tumors, provide support to families who might need financial assistance, and a place to share inspiring stories of love, hope and loss.
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The Michael Matters Foundation is a public charity with exemption status from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to The Michael Matters Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.