Sep 26, 2017

Welcome to my fundraising page.

Please support me and my insanity as I go Over The Edge and rappel 21 stories down the side of the historic Koppers Building in downtown Pittsburgh! My insanity, however, isn't from the fact that I decided to rappel down a building, no, my insanity comes from the fact that only 4% of government funding goes towards pediatric cancer and 250 children are dying every day! My fear of heights and the intense fear that I will feel for those few minutes rappelling down the side of that building is nothing compared to the fear a child feels while battling cancer! Not even close! Unfortunately, I have been on a journey and have first hand experience as I went to war in May of 2016 with my own ten year old daughter, Anna, and her battle with brain cancer. It is a journey no child or parent should ever have to take. With the help of an unbelievable amount of prayer warriors, God has truly blessed us as He guided us through our storm and continues to guide us on our long road ahead. Cancer, however, knows no bounds as it continues to wreak havoc on so many young innocent lives and has taken the lives of many of Anna's sweet friends from St Jude Children's Research Hospital! One such friend and the reason I am rappelling is for Austyn Halter. Austyn was diagnosed with leukemia, AML-M7 on August 17, 2015 at just 2-1/2 years old. She endured 6 harsh rounds of chemotherapy at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. After the 6th round her leukemia had gotten worse. On May 15th, 2016 she was flown along with her wonderful parents, Sarah and Josh, to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee for Austyn to be part of a research study, HAPNK-1 stem cell transplant. Austyn received the transplant & celebrated her "new birthday" on June 9th, 2016. Austyn was in remission for a short time but the cancer returned. On August 4th 2017 Austyn, only 4-1/2 years old, took her final breath in the arms of her mommy and daddy! In her short 4-1/2 years Austyn  touched SO MANY lives and she has changed those lives forever. She was such a sweet little southern belle princess who had a smile as big as Texas itself and a heart that was even bigger! Austyn and all the children who have lost their lives to this horrible disease and those who are still fighting deserve more than 4% of government funding. I want to share Austyn's story #AustynStrong, raise awareness to pediatric cancer and I also want to raise money to save the lives of these precious children. Austyn was a big supporter of Anna (the most memorable was the video she made for Anna in which she said "You got this Anna!" all the while she was going through her own battle) and we miss her dearly! Please keep Austyn and her wonderful mom and dad, Sarah and Josh in your thoughts and prayers #AustynStrong! This is why your support is desperately needed! It is needed so that LLS can continue finding cures so that, one day, no child will die from cancer!

Thank you for your support!

Mike

 

Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.

LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.

And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit lls.org

 

 

BEst of luck, Mike!
Ellen Carson,
For the kids...
Stephanie Kladakis,
Go Mike!!
Lorri Kleine (Johnson),
I can already hear precious little Miss Austyn saying, "You GOT THIS, Mike!!!" I'm hoping & praying more and more folks can help raise awareness for pediatric cancer, each SEPTEMBER, so we can put an end to this once and for all, because babies and children should not grow up in hospital beds and should not have such heavy battles. Open your eyes just long enough to take a peek on your way down, and let me know how my dad's old office looks, will ya?!? You'll have a better view at the top of the Koppers Building than the top of Mt. Washington!!! :) :) :)
Leeanne Johnson,
Anna
Gena Kashak,
May God give direction and hope to all the kids and families in need.
Danny Wilson,
Because 4% is not enough.
Carrie Turtzer-Kelley,
Go Mike! Don't look down! :)
Sherri Peternel,
my prayers for Anna Fera and her family and all the others who are fighting this disease.
mary debold,
You go Mike! I know you can do it!
Sharon Haines,
God Bless the children.
Crystal Renee-Bubien,
FTK!
Kevin Smyth,
Our prayers are with you and all children battling this illness.
Fereydoon Radfar,
Good luck Mike!
Carol Eddins,
GOD BLESS ANNA AND THE FERA FAMILY!
TONY & NANCIE RANALLI,
Anna is so lucky to have such brave parents and dedicated supporters. NO FEAR - JUST A BIG HEART - GOOD LUCK MIKE AND BILL!!
Gloria Ventresca,
Go Mikey!!!
Marisa Fera Stevenson,
Good luck!
Ann Glasgow,
Go, Mike! FTK!
The Eplers,
You Got This!!!!! Love, mom & dad K
John & Jean Kasko,
You got this "Mick"!!
Yvonne and Frank Fera,
In honor of the beautiful, sweet and fierce Anna Fera. May God watch over and bless you with God health. You are an inspirational little girl. Prayers and love to Anna and the entire Fera Family.
Jenine Fezza,
Anna
Francie Pucharich,

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My Thanks To

  • Jenine Fezza
    $1000.00
  • Leeanne Johnson
    $200.00
  • Lorri Kleine (Johnson)
    $150.00
  • Carrie Turtzer-Kelley
    $100.00
  • Michael Fera
    $100.00
  • Francie Pucharich
    $50.00
  • Christine Fera
    $50.00
  • Yvonne and Frank Fera
    $50.00
  • John & Jean Kasko
    $50.00
  • Ann Glasgow
    $50.00
  • Jim Sadecky
    $50.00
  • Mark Fera
    $50.00
  • Joseph Kushner
    $50.00
  • Gloria Ventresca
    $50.00
  • TONY & NANCIE RANALLI
    $50.00
  • Kevin Smyth
    $50.00
  • Laura Ross
    $50.00
  • Ellen Carson
    $50.00
  • Crystal Renee-Bubien
    $40.00
  • Marisa Fera Stevenson
    $25.00
  • Carol Eddins
    $25.00
  • Sharon Haines
    $25.00
  • mary debold
    $25.00
  • Sherri Peternel
    $25.00
  • Danny Wilson
    $25.00
  • Terry Marks
    $25.00
  • Jane Palmieri
    $25.00
  • Gena Kashak
    $20.00
  • The Eplers
     
  • Fereydoon Radfar
     
  • Stephanie Kladakis
     
  • Jen Debski