Raising money for Craig Pascute's Family

Craig's battle with cancer came to an end Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013.

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The Pascute's

Craig was diagnosed with esophageal cancer that had spread to his back in spring 2012. Mid-fall the PET scans had given him some very positive news that his esophagus was clear. Unfortunately, they found out early February those scans were wrong.
Early April 3, 2013, his year long battle with cancer came to an end. We invite you to read through his blog and if you feel led to, donate to his family. Thank you for your support.

What is Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is a cancerous (malignant) tumor of the esophagus, the muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. learn more.

How can you help?

Prayers are very important, but along with prayers, we are raising money for the Pascute's to assist with the medical expenses. You can donate by clicking on the PayPal below.

Gift cards are also welcome, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to request an address of where to send them.

He and his wife, Amanda were married in 2003. They have 2 boys, 9-year-old Jake and 7-year-old Zack.

Thank you so much for being so generous!

Fundraising effort to help pay for cancer patient's chemo and to provide for his family

When Craig Pascute, 29, of Fort Wayne was diagnosed with esophageal cancer three weeks ago, doctors told him he had one year to live with or without medication.

Two weeks ago, Pascute found out he needed chemotherapy to live a full year. Without treatment, he would live two or three months.

Since Pascute wanted to have as much time as possible with his wife, Amanda, 28, and their sons, Jake, 8, and Zack, 6, he began receiving liquid chemotherapy treatment July 19 through a diabetic-like pump administered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to Amanda. Craig receives additional treatment every three weeks.

But Craig and Amanda do not have life insurance, and the insurance they have does not cover the growing demands of Craig's condition. That's why their friend, Greg Munster, 27, of Harlan, decided to start a fundraiser called Help4Craig.

“Originally, I wanted to raise money, so (Craig) would know his family is taken care of,” Munster said. “Now it's more about keeping them afloat.”

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom, and Craig had to leave his job at Triple Crown Services Company on disability.

Amanda says anything anyone can give is helpful. “It will really help us and bless us.”

Recently, Craig has been having mechanical issues with his liquid chemo treatments. In a July 29 blog entry, Amanda said Craig's chemo bag was punctured on July 26. Luckily, she said there wasn't much liquid in the bag when it happened.

Craig is also finding air bubbles in the bag, which cause the pump to malfunction and can be dangerous if they are pumped into his blood stream, Amanda said. Craig hopes to switch from the pump system to a pill form of treatment as soon as possible. But the pill costs $7,000 a month, and insurance only covers $5,000.

“There's no way a young family can come up with an extra $2,000 a month on top of all the medical expenses we already have,” Amanda said. “We're tying to get grants and other funding, but it's slow going.”

Read the whole News Sentinel article, written by Kara Hackett