You never know what twists and turns life is going to throw at you…The Wertz Family has been given news that no one should have to be given.
Their journey started August 2018. Rich was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was treated at Loyola Hospital in Chicago. Thankfully, in early December 2018, Rich was told his treatment was a success! Great news for the family! They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary!! Rich recovered and went on about his days.
At the end of December 2018, after having back pain that was progressively getting worse over a short time, Rich’s doctor ordered a CT and MRI. Unfortunately, the tests showed Rich again had cancer …Multiple Myeloma. The family was shocked and devastated. Rich devised a treatment plan with his doctor and began chemotherapy.
During this time, Stacey was doing what she always does, taking care of the family. She was staying on top of Rich’s care, all while working and taking care of their active family, Abby (21), Andy (16) and Max (14). All the kids have provided additional help and support; however, Stacey noticed she was continually not feeling well, exhausted, and in pain. Stacey had tests completed at the end of February 2019 and was astounded to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her family is absolutely devastated, crushed, and shocked. Stacey is unbelievably strong and has jumped in with both feet ready to fight! She has started chemo treatments. They are aggressive and she is ready for the battle.
Both Rich & Stacey are actively getting chemo treatments. Rich has had two extended stays at OSF in Peoria. Stacey is also being treated at OSF Peoria. Rich will also need 2 stem cell transplants.
For this family, the unimaginable has happened. We are fundraising for the Wertz family to offset the financial burden that has been put on them. Through donations, each of us has the power to surround and lift up Rich, Stacey, Abby, Andy and Max with love and simple kindness.
If you are interested in contributing, you can donate in numerous ways:
- You can visit the Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/wertz-warriors
- Donate items or a basket for the silent auction/raffle row for the benefit on May 11
- Monetary Donations can be sent directly to:
Peru Federal Savings Bank
c/o The Wertz Family Benefit
1730 4th Street
Peru, IL. 61354
Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.
Please contact Krista Shea at 815.780.0928 or Gina Burris at 815.488.3469 if you need any donations picked up.