My 43 year old brother Mike DeMore was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue on July 5th, 2013. Mike had a small mass removed from his tongue and the biopsy came back as cancerous. A follow up surgery was done on July 25th, where the doctors removed a quarter sized portion of his tongue around the initial mass. Doctors informed Mike and his family that the cancer was deeper in his tongue than they originally thought. Mike has another surgery scheduled for August 8th to remove ¼ of his tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck area. Obviously, we are hoping this will remove the remaining cancerous bodies, if not; Mike will under go a radiation treatment plan. Mike will also have his speech impaired by having such a large portion of his tongue removed and will have to go through speech therapy. At minimum, Mike will not be able to work for two months causing a financial hardship on his family.
Following his surgery, Mike spent 3 days in I.C.U and 2 days in regular hospital care. He was released from the hospital on Monday August 12. He will recover for about a month and the recommended treatment plan is radiation 5x a week and chemo 1x a week for 7-8 weeks. The Dr. describes this as the "worst thing you will ever experience and hell".
Mike is married to his wife Maria and he has two sons Mikey (11) and Matt (8). In order to allow him to recover without worrying about the stress of bills and finances an online account has been set up at www.fundly.com to donate to his family. A spaghetti dinner is scheduled for Friday August 23rd at the Bauerstown Firehall in Shaler, $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $6 per child under 12. All you can eat spaghetti, salad and desserts, 50/50 raffle and strip tickets with all proceeds going to Mike’s family.
Brian Dankis, a life long friend of Mike’s brother Joe, is doing a 418 mile bike ride starting August 26th from Harrisonburg, Virginia and ending August 29th at DeMore’s Pizza in Millvale, Pennsylvania to raise money for Mike DeMore’s family.
Brian’s bike course is listed below:
Day 1-Harrisonburg VA to Skyline Resort 101 miles. The last 40 miles of day one will be an uphill climb of the Blue Ridge Mountains with close to 8000 feet of ascent.
Day 2-Skyline Resort to Cumberland MD 129 miles
Day 3-Cumberland MD to Altoona PA 78 miles
Day 4-Altoona PA to Millvale 110 Miles
You can donate on behalf of Brian's bike ride by any amount of your choosing. A flat $ amount or an example of 1 cent per mile would be $4.18.
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