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Surprise Tribute in Honor of Steve Gernes' 10 Years Cancer-Free

Created by Molly Tatting

Surprise Tribute in Honor of Steve Gernes' 10 Years Cancer-Free

As you know, we don't want any gifts for Steve's 50th birthday but I wanted to do something in his honor - turning 50 and celebrating 10 years cancer-free. So, I created this fundraiser to surprise him at his Nov. 16 birthday party. We will let him know what his closest family and friends raised in his honor for the Colon Cancer Coalition! Thanks in advance for considering a donation! I will round us up to a nice big number at the end! Read on for Steve's story...

This month, Steve turns 50 and it's also his 10-year anniversary of being diagnosed with stage IIIc colon cancer (the last stage before IV when it has spread elsewhere). It was supposed to be a special time in our family with a three-week-old baby, Carter, and two-year-old daughter, Lauren. Instead, it became a crazy time with Steve's colon resection surgery and six months of chemo. Steve powered through with optimism and determination that he would beat cancer -- and he did!!! Thankfully, he has been cancer-free now for 10 years. He doesn't take this for granted and gets routine checks along with living a healthy lifestyle (give or take a few Don Julio's here and there - he needs to have some fun!).

Please help support the Colon Cancer Coalition by making a contribution in Steve's honor. Every dollar raised will advance the Colon Cancer Coalition's great cause! This is the same group behind the Get Your Rear in Gear race and many other efforts to end deaths from colon cancer by increasing screening and education about the signs and symptoms of this treatable disease.

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$1,799.01
raised of $2,000 goal
 

Recent Donations

1. RARick Allen
Happy B-day Old Timer!
$50.00
2. BMBob And Bonnie Mattson
What a story!! I never knew this about you, Nezzy...... So grateful you are so healthy!!
$99.01
3. PSPenny & Tim Swanson
Diagnosed at $39 years old. Cancer free $10 years. Turning a ripe $50. From Tim and Penny $0.01.
4. KTKatie Thoma
$50.00
5. SFScott Feinberg
To many more years of good health and happiness! Scott & Amy
6. JsJenn And Trevor Smith
$50.00
7. LLLisa LaCoursiere
Happy Bday Nez! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
$50.00
8. DMDavid C Meitz
$25.00
9. ?Anonymous
$100.00
10. WMWade & Sigrid Mattson
Happy Birthday!
$100.00
11. SKShannon Klick
12. TMTricia Maroon
Happy Birthday Steve!
$50.00
13. MSMike And Holly Sonntag
Happy Birthday and congrats on running 10 years past cancer!
14. JSJim & Tina Schmidt
Happy 50th Birthday Nezzy! Congratulations on 10 years!
15. JRJohn Riles
$50.00
16. JGJennifer Donnelly And Andy Gugel
Happy Birthday!
$25.00
17. NNez, Nez, Nez
18. EWErick Wolf
Happy Birthday Steve!
$50.00
19. PDPat Devine
Nez, here is to 50 more years!
$100.00
20. NFNoll Family
$100.00
21. JOJoel D Oakland
$50.00
22. GHGwen Hendrickson
50 only seemed appropriate
$100.00
23. BABrandon Almich
Congrats Steve on the B-day and 10 yrs!!! Cheers to many, many more!!
$50.00
24. SAScott & Amy
Happy birthday older guy! Cheers to 10 years of good health- despite the little basketball thingy but we don’t talk about that.. Scott & Amy
$50.00
25. SMShannon McGinnis
Happy 50th Steve and congrats on hitting the 10 year milestone! πŸ₯³
$100.00
26. BBBecky Brandt
Happy birthday and congrats on 10 years!!
27. KTKim And Mark Troske
We are so happy to know you, Steve, and your family! Cheers to a lifetime of good health!!
$50.00
28. TBTed Browne
$50.00
29. JAJohn And AnnMarie
Happy Birthday! We are honored to make this donation and so grateful that you have 10 years cancer free!
$25.00
30. TLTed & Ann Larson
Happy 10 years cancer free!!!
$50.00
31. SESonja And Mark Elias
Happy birthday Steve!
$25.00
32. ?Anonymous
Happy Birthday!