Benefit for woman battling cancer Jan. 11

Contributed by Ashley Polecastro

You can help a local woman who is bravely battling Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her brain and bone marrow.

Stephanie Polecastro, 28, and her husband, Keith, just celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary and now have a 1-year-old son, John Russell.

Since Stephanie’s diagnosis Nov. 1, 2013, much has happened in their lives. Keith, a recent college graduate, has had his student loans come due, which total upward of $150,000. Meanwhile, Stephanie has been through multiple tests, treatments and hospital stays.

The family are residents of Milwaukee, but have been traveling to various medical facilities. Stephanie had previously obtained treatments at Waukesha, Wis., but lately has been going to a cancer treatment center in Zion, Ill. They also need a lot of help caring for Johnny during this time.

Stephanie has endured brain radiation treatments and some chemotherapy. Then, recently, she learned that she is a match for a new chemotherapy pill. This was exciting news, since this option was deemed to be her best choice, offering the highest chance for success. However, in addition to all her other high and growing medical expenses, this treatment is a $3,500 co-pay for a 30-day supply.

Through everything, Stephanie has maintained high spirits, and she has a positive and inspiring attitude. She said: “I will live to grow old with my husband, live to watch my baby boy grow to be a man and just simply LIVE. I believe with the prayer and support of family, friends and even strangers, I will win this battle. I have already beat this; my body just doesn’t know it yet.”

But they cannot fight this battle alone. Stephanie’s medical expenses are very high and will continue to grow daily. Any contribution you can make is greatly needed and appreciated beyond measure.

Saturday, Jan. 11, Stephanie’s family and friends, including her cousin Ashley, are holding a benefit for her from 2 to 10 p.m. at Take 20 Grill & Bar, 438 U.S. Hwy. 20, Cherry Valley. The cost of $15 per person includes a dinner, entertainment, raffles, signed merchandise and 50/50. Live music will be provided by the following bands: Mind Drop, Imperial Fall, Romantic Rebel, Reckless Redemption, Ominous Grey, Bareknuckle Bullseye, Pulse 18, Michael Alexander and Folk University. All ages are welcome.

Any monetary gifts can be sent to the Stephanie Polecastro Benefit Fund, account No. 433701872, and can be deposited at any Chase Bank location.

For more information, contact Ashley Polecastro at (779) 348-3269 or e-mail at You can also see Stephanie’s story and donate online at

Posted Jan. 8, 2014

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