Honored Kid

Stacey Welch-Gospodarek

Stacey Welch-Gospodarek Kid Photo

Location

Hobart, IN, US

Diagnosis

Adult with a type of childhood cancer

Date of Diagnosis

October 2008

Status

Angel

Treated At

Comer Children's Hospital

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My Story

Stacey was born on April 4, 1986 and was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma on October 6, 2008 after having a bothersome lump in the palm of her hand removed. Doctors started by removing her left index finger. By the time Stacey's cancer was detected it had spread to her axillary lymph nodes and lung. Stacey made the decision from the first day to jump on board and be part of a cancer research study in order to help find answers, when her labs were drawn a little more than necessary was taken to allow it to be studied. She underwent rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. All through her treatments and numerous doctor visits her family and friends never allowed her to be alone through any of it. Still battling nodules, she was put on an experimental chemotherapy in oral form. She married her husband Justin on July 24, 2010 in the midst of her conquest. Things starting going downhill in April of 2011 and she later passed away on June 15, 2011 while on a family vacation in Las Vegas. Stacey's mom, dad, husband, sister and in-law family were all with her in Vegas. She passed away with her parents and husband by her side. Before diagnosed, she graduated from Indiana University Northwest as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. It was her lifelong passion to help people breathe better since she grew up with asthma. She worked at a local hospital near her home. Stacey lived her life to the fullest. For many years she enjoyed vacationing and cruises with her husband. Her fondest childhood memory was her many camping trips with her mom, dad, and sister. The one thing Stacey said during all of her treatments was "I'm just glad it is me and not anyone else." She touched so many lives throughout her experience, and was an inspiration to everyone that knew her. Her strength and courage are definitely something all of her friends and family aspire to. Although we lost her way too young, her belief in her faith saw her through to the end. She will always remain on our minds and forever in our hearts.

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