Recipients of the 2021 “Jeffrey G. Hoeh” Memorial Golf Scramble
Division of funds with two or more recipients
Any hole, cart, pin flag, program ad or t-shirt sponsor monies donated in a recipient’s name will go entirely to that person (minus related expenses). All proceeds from the golf scramble, to include pre-sale raffle ticket money, will be split evenly among all our recipients. Our purpose is to give back the love and kindness that was shown to us during our time of need. All our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly for the good of all our recipients to be that “touch of an angel.”
Declan D. In the midst of a pandemic the last thing anyone wants to discover is that they have cancer. Now imagine that shocking news was delivered about your 2-year-old child, and you would be living the painful reality of Declan D. and his family.
In mid-May, Declan’s mom rushed him to the doctor when she noticed his eyes had a tint of yellow. They were immediately told to go to Cincinnati Children’s, where he was admitted. After lots of lab work and tests, a doctor came to Declan’s beside and shared the shocking news that they found a mass pushing on his liver and blocking his bile duct. They believed Declan had cancer.
“We can’t describe the feeling in that room as we held our baby…. Heartbreak, sadness, disbelief, and devastation. It shattered us to the core,” said Declan’s mom, Julie. Days went by with IV’s, labs, scans, a procedure to insert a stent into his bile duct, and biopsy. Finally, on May 22 (Declan’s parents’ 10-year wedding anniversary), three doctors came into the room and confirmed Declan’s diagnosis as the rare Biliary Rhabdomyosarcoma. Only 350 children a year are diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in the United States, but it is even more rare to have Biliary Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Declan’s treatment will be a very long 67 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. He has treatment weekly, and depending on which chemo he is getting, some days are inpatient (two days monthly) and some are five straight days outpatient. Declan is the youngest of three boys, so while Julie takes Declan to his appointments and stays by his bedside, childcare is needed for after school or at home when the older boys are remote learning. Declan’s dad, Dane, works two jobs to support their family, and Declan’s two older brothers, who are in 3rd and 1st grade, are sad to see their baby brother go through so much.
While Declan’s last scans in November showed the tumor is responding well to treatment, he still has a long road ahead of him. The medical journey has brought many insurance headaches and costly medications. The family is currently on their third insurance, having been dropped by their original insurance and then having their second insurance cancel them for miscommunication. This left Declan with no insurance for the entire month of November. On top of that, the entire family tested positive for COVID-19 in December at Christmas time.
Declan stayed asymptomatic, thankfully, and the family has since recovered, but it was one more added stressor to an already unimaginable situation. The family finally attained insurance in December through Dane’s job, but their deductibles are still quite high.
All of these circumstances could have made Declan and his family angry or bitter, but instead, they have found a way to see the positives in these challenges that they face. “Through our journey this year, we’ve learned to trust in God even more. He is in control. We’ve been living in the moment, enjoying extra one-on-one times while in the hospital, and Declan has loved his brothers’ time at home to play! Although he is fighting the toughest battle of his life and is now only 3 years old, he still has that toddler spunk and energy! He’s been his usual silly self: playing, running with his brothers, laughing, and cracking jokes!”
Declan has been a CHAMP and he and his family will fight this battle with everything they have.
Shelbie K. is from West Harrison, Indiana, where she lives with her husband of 17 years and her two children; Jackson (16) and Kylie (13). She is 47 years old, and was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 4, 2021. Her story begins in 2005, months after she had her son. After a normal feeding, she felt a small lump on her left breast. When she went to see her doctor, they biopsied the spot, and determined she had a milk duct that backed up. In the years since then, she frequently did self-checks for lumps and got a mammogram regularly. In October 2019, she had a breast reduction to help with severe migraines that she suffers from. For 3 years she had several procedures and surgeries trying to figure out what the cause was including a full hysterectomy, radio frequency injections, facet injections, epidurals, among other treatments. Finally, she went to the Cleveland Clinic for a migraine program that helped tremendously and within a few months was able to work part time again and back to living her life. She still suffers from migraines, but they are not daily like they were. Fast forward to November of 2020, she noticed a lump in the same spot from 2005. She thought it was scar tissue from her surgery and kept checking it daily. December 17th, she had a mammogram and on December 30th went back for additional screenings and had a biopsy. January 4th, in the middle of teaching, she received a phone call from the hospital with the results. She was informed that it was Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. “I remember thinking, I don’t know what that means and couldn’t even form questions to ask. In my head, I thought she had to be wrong. I can honestly say, after that phone call, I was in complete shock. It was hard to understand what was transpiring and I couldn’t wrap my head around it.” She had her first chemo treatment on January 29th. Her current plan is chemo every 3 weeks then surgery later for a double mastectomy. “l am a strong, independent woman. This process has really tested my patience and it has been a hard pill for me to swallow to ask for help. My husband has been my rock through it all. He is tackling being both father and mother to our children. It is hard for me to sit back and watch him juggle all of this, but I know God has me in the palms of his hands”. Shelbie had to take an unpaid medical leave from her position as an aide at school. Her job doesn’t pay a lot, but it definitely helps with their daily needs. Her doctor thought it would be in her best interest, since she is now immunocompromised, to stay out of the school due to Covid. “I miss my students terribly, but I do get to log in to google meets on occasion and see them. It’s those small things that help me get through each day. I truly am blessed to have such a strong support system with my colleagues, students and most importantly, my family”.
Angelo S. has been a local barber for 29 years, first in Cheviot Ohio and then 8 years ago moved downtown to join their family venture. He married his wife Charity in 2006. They have three beautiful children, Nico (12), Nica (10) and Sophia (8). Angelo was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in June of 2019 and then covid hit March of 2020. Angelo’s ability to work was greatly impacted between his health and then covid restrictions. Charity also lost her job when a family business closed in October of 2020 due to covid. The Salzano’s have always been very generous and giving to others in need and now they need the help, not only for medical bills but everyday expenses. Angelo is currently at home on full disability which helps but doesn’t cover much. Initially he was going out of state for treatment however he is no longer able to travel. He is receiving immunotherapy and hospice care. Currently Charity is home helping to care for Angelo as well as making sure they focus on making each day count and cherishing every single minute together as a family.