Mitch Fights Cancer
Mitch was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma this September and started his fight on October 14, 2020, at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago with his first round of chemotherapy. Mitch's chemo regimen consists of 26 sessions, lasting approximately nine months. During each session, he will either receive a one-day, two-day, or five-day chemo treatment. If his plan stays on schedule, he should be done with chemotherapy towards the end of July 2021. After the first eleven weeks of chemo, the medical team will determine the level of surgery/radiation needed to eliminate the tumor on his fibula. Although this will be a difficult journey for Mitch, we have no doubt that he will be cancer-free come next August.
Mitch posing in style in Naperville.
Self-portrait done during high school art class at Naperville North.
Mitch with a huge bass caught in Naperville.
Ewing's sarcoma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that is usually found in young adults and children but can occur at any age. It most often begins in the leg bones or pelvis but can originate in any bone.
The treatment for Ewing's, like all cancers, is difficult. Ewing's cancer requires numerous rounds of intensive chemotherapy, often lasting between 8-10 months. Typically the tumor is removed through surgery or radiation at some point during the chemotherapy treatment.
Mitch and teammates celebrating their 3-1 victory in the 2016 State Championship.
Mitch at Power's Lake in Wisconsin in the summer of 2020.
Mitch accepting his medal after winning his second consecutive state championship.
Check out this mini-doc about Mitch's love of fishing created by Mike Rapsys.
Helping Fight Pediatric Cancer
These organizations are doing important work in researching and fighting pediatric cancer.
Supporting Mitch and Family
Your donations will help support Mitch and his family in a variety of ways.
It is no secret that Mitch's first love is fishing. Some of the funds generously given to support the family will be used to make one of Mitch's dreams come true.
Dual Recliner Couch
Mitch's chemo treatment will be an exhausting process. Providing the family with a couch they can sleep on together when needed is another goal for the money raised.
Although Mitch's family is well insured, a prolonged medical battle can lead to a mountain of expenses and debt. The donated funds will be used as necessary to support these expenses.
Mitch will be losing nearly a year of earning potential at a key age. Helping to fund a retirement account to benefit him later in life is another goal of the donated funds.
Send Mitch a Note
To contact Mitch to send support, use the social media links below.