Benefit for Michael Schroeder on Saturday
WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Friends and family are asking for support and contribution for the benefit of Michael Schroeder on Saturday at Wausaukee High School.
A spaghetti lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bucket drawings also will take place, with top prizes that include a crossbow, .30-30 rifle and a .30.06 rifle.
Schroeder worked for DeLaet Enterprises for 25 years. At the beginning of February, he began to not feel well and for two months suffered from bad headaches as well as weight loss.
“Enough was enough,” said his girlfriend, Kristy Stachowicz.
On March 29, he headed to Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
“There they did a CT scan and discovered he had a large mass in the front of his head that needed to be removed. Surgery was schedule for April 3,” she said. “The doctor debulked the tumor, meaning removing as much as possible — 30 to 40 percent — without doing damage or harm to him.”
The results came back, he has glioblastoma brain cancer, grade 4 and invasive.
“BGM is the most aggressive form of brain cancer,” noted Stachowicz.
Schroeder has gone through six weeks of both radiation and chemotherapy. Radiation was five days a week, which meant weekly trips to Marinette, Wis., for six weeks, Monday through Friday. Chemotherapy was in pill form, so he was able to take it at home. That was seven days a week for six weeks. Then he had a 28-day break.
On July 11, Schroeder had a MRI to see if treatment worked in shrinking the tumor.
“The image showed no swelling around the tumor like last time, which was good,” she said. “And it was noted that radiation keeps working up to three months after radiation is done.”
The medical oncologist set him up with six more rounds of chemo, at higher doses then the first round. Each round is a 28-day cycle, which means he takes chemo pills for five days and lets it work the remaining 23 days. Blood work will be needed to be done before the 28 days to see if his counts are high enough for the next cycle.
In conjunctions with the chemo, he started Optune, which is a wearable, portable FDA-approved device to treat GBM. Patches with ceramic discs in them are placed on his head and worn at least 75 percent for the day up to 18 hours.
“These patches are hooked up to a small machine that delivers therapy directly on the scalp,” Stachowicz said.
Schroeder hasn’t been able to work since the diagnosis March 29. Insurance only covers so much of the medical bills and the rest is up to him. This is the reason people have come together to help him.
Any business or individual who would like to contribute can contact Stachowicz at 715-923-9899; Eric VanLaanen at 920-241-9163; or Sandy VanCaster at 715-927-1534. Donations can also be made in the name of Michael Schroeder Benefit at the Stephenson National Bank and Trust at any of their locations.