WILMINGTON -- Friends are planning a fundraiser for Mike Crosier, who has brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
"Where his (brain) tumor is located, they have removed as much as they can. There are parts of his brain that they cannot operate on," said Liz Fernot, a friend of the family. "He has seizures because of this. His speech, memory and mood is affected by the cancer. He also has significant swelling on his brain and fluid that is basically stuck in his skull causing a lot of his swelling."
Crosier was originally from Halifax and moved to Wilmington. His job before diagnosis was delivering oil for Guy Nido.
Currently, he is living at home in Wilmington with his wife Joanne and their children. Cody is their oldest son and will be a father to a baby girl soon. Alec attends Twin Valley High School. Addison is 2 years old and will turn 3 in October.
On April 28, Crosier went for an MRI. His family was waiting for the results in hope that the tumor had shrunk.
"It takes a week to get the results, which is the worst week ever," said Fernot.
He cannot be left alone due to the seizures and Alzheimer's type of effects that he experiences.
Joanne left the Twin Valley School District, where she had worked for 15 years, in order to care for her husband. She plans to earn a small income through part-time work as a Wilmington summer recreation program coordinator, a position she has held throughout the years.
"It's our hope to raise enough money so that Joanne is able to continue to care for Michael and basically not have to work and be able to pay their rent and utilities," said Fernot. "At this point, it's not feasible for her to go back to work."
Crosier does have health insurance, which has assisted with chemotherapy treatment payments. His brain tumor is stage four. It is deemed terminal and non-curable. He was diagnosed in May 2013. Since then, he's had two recessions or surgeries.
"They have done radiation and will not be able to do that ever again. He has had as much as he can," said Fernot.
Twice a month, Crosier receives oral chemotherapy and intravenous chemotherapy in Bennington.
On May 10 , there will be a benefit dinner for Crosier at the Old Red Mill, a place where he was employed in the past. The first seating will have a cash bar that opens at 4 p.m. with dinner served at 5 p.m. The second seating will have a cash bar opening at 6 p.m. and a dinner at 7 p.m.
Roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, tossed salad and a roll will be served at dinner with homemade pie for dessert. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 10 years old and under are $9.
Tickets can be purchased at Dot's of Dover, Dot's Restaurant in Wilmington, Kenyon Realty, Guy Nido's office, C&S Beverage and Dairy, Bartleby's Books, Catamount Carpet and from Betty at the Wilmington Laundromat. People can also call Mary Pike-Sprengler at 802-464-9034 or Julie Moore at 802-464-3004 for tickets.
A 50/50 raffle will also be drawn at the end of May. Tickets can be purchased from Pike-Sprengler or Moore. There is a chance to win a $150 fuel certificate to Nido's and two tickets to a Boston Red Sox game. There is also a gift certificate for one person to use Crafts Inn amenities, which include pool, hot tub and racquetball.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to Crosier called "Prayers for Mikey." So far, more than 800 people have liked the page.
"The longer that we can keep Michael having care, the more research is being done. In the last year of him having the cancer, they found different enzymes are affected differently from the chemo," said Fernot. "We're hoping for more time with him. The more time we have with him, the more the chance there is for a cure."
Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.