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Created 05.18.2017 by Community Benefit Tree
August 26, 2017
Keep Pluggin’ Away in Supporting Al & Tessie at Van Abel's
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Al and Tessie Micke have been married for almost 40 years, have four adult children and are grandparents to six beautiful grandchildren. In July of 2012, Tessie suffered a brain aneurysm. Her recovery was long and difficult, but eventually she was able to return home and has overcome many obstacles. However, she has been unable to return to work since the incident. To compound matters, Al lost his job of over 25 years in November of 2012 after the company closed its doors. He eventually found work as a city bus driver; a job that he absolutely loved and hopes to be able to return to one day.
However, in November of 2016, Al became gravely ill and was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Since that time, Al has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy all in hopes that he would eventually go into remission with the possibility of being able to receive a bone marrow transplant. In April of 2017, Al achieved the goal of remission and is hopeful to undergo a bone marrow transplant in May of
2017. The bone marrow transplant will take place at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and will require Al to be hospitalized for about a month. Following his release, he is required to remain within a 45 minute drive of the hospital for at least three months post-surgery, which could possibly go longer depending how his recovery goes.
At this point, Al took out a Cobra Medical Plan through his employer that requires him to pay the full premium of the plan along with the deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that go along with it. Not to mention the added expenses of having to find a second home in the Milwaukee area for the foreseeable future, along with trying to maintain their home in Greenleaf. Without your help the financial toll will be a devastating obstacle on Al’s path to recovery.