Stephen and His Family Found Hope

“You don’t realize that you are not breathing until you are finally given the chance to breathe. And this is what that trip was to us, a time to catch our breath.”

Our Cancer Journey

“In the Spring of 2014, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I was devastated – I didn’t know if i would see my son graduated from high school, or if I’d be able to walk my daughter down the aisle. I had surgery in the Fall and didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy. In July 2015, our family moved from Texas to New York City with plans to start a church. As I got used to our new environment, I continued to be monitored – for almost a year, everything was normal. Then I got a phone call from my doctor – I was re-diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy.

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Those of you who have experienced the cancer journey, know that it not only affects the patient but it affects the family as well. My chemotherapy was much more difficult than I originally anticipated. I had 4 cycles and was hospitalized 3 out of 4 cycles. My wife held our family together, she took care of a sick man along with two young children. I was a zombie for 4 months and she held it together – but i saw how maxed out she was emotionally and physically.

I’ll never forget my son multiple times looking me in the eye, with tears streaming down this face, saying “Daddy, when is your hair going to grow back?”. My hair was the tangible thing that reminded him that I was sick. We started taking my daughter to a child psychologist because she started having some sensory issues and our pediatrician was concerned that it could be linked to her not being able to express herself in regards to my diagnosis. Cancer affects the entire family, and experienced a lot of stress and worry during this time.”

Our Break From Cancer

“Towards the end of my treatment, my wife and I started daydreaming about taking a vacation after my treatment – to get away and spend time together. And then, we heard about For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. Our initial thought was that it was too good to be true! My oncology team nominated me for a break from cancer, and we looked forward to special time together.

We traveled to Florida – visited Universal Studios, Disney and Sea World – and we got a chance to take our minds and our focus off the stress of cancer, and put it where it belongs – on one another.

My family had such a blast in Florida.  The FPS home that we stayed at, our daughter calls her “second home.” This trip made me realize how important it is to carve out time to spend with those that are closest to you. It provided us a break from cancer when we desperately needed one – and it was life changing. I am so grateful for everybody that works for, volunteers for and supports For Pete’s Sake. I want to encourage everybody to give to FPS because they are helping families like mine.”

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Our Stories

Our Travelers take a break from what life with cancer has become with doctor visits, surgery, tests and treatment. Through a unique gift of time together, they create priceless magical, memorable moments, experience immeasurable joy amidst devastating crisis, confront cancer hardships together and find emotional healing, hope and happiness during an uncertain and tumultuous time.

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