The Odessa Record -

Benefit for Michael Jeske


March 15, 2018

--Courtesy photo.

Michael Jeske with his wife Becky and their daughter Sophia this past Christmas. Michael is once again in treatment for lymphoma at the Seattle Cancer Center Alliance facility.

At the beginning of this school year, Michael Jeske, a member of the Odessa High School Class of 2000, experienced a relapse of the cancer (lymphoma) he was diagnosed with in 2011. At that time, he received an autologous stem cell transplant. Since the cancer came back, Michael has undergone chemotherapy treatments for three months and now lives in Seattle, near Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where he'll further his treatment.

Recently, Michael received an allogeneic stem cell transplant. This requires him to live in Seattle, where his mother, Cheryl Jeske, is helping with his care. They will reside in Seattle for at least 100 days past his transplant date and possibly over six months if there are complications. Michael will not be able to work the remainder of this school year. His doctors do not want him working during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year either, as he'll still have a compromised immune system.

Friends of the family are holding a benefit spaghetti feed dinner for Michael on Tuesday, March 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Money from this fund-raiser will go directly to Michael to help offset the cost of living in Seattle and help with other expenses that he and his family may incur related to travel and other costs not covered by insurance.

Those unable to attend the spaghetti feed, may mail a donation to Juli Weishaar, 7471 Weishaar Rd. E., Odessa WA 99159, making checks payable to FFA Alumni, the nonprofit group sponsoring the benefit.

Michael is an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Rochester High School. His wife Becky is the career and technical education executive director at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They live in Olympia with their daughter Sophia. Michael and his family are very thankful and appreciative of any donations and prayers you can give. Cards can be sent to Michael Jeske, Pete Gross House, 525 Minor Ave. N. Apt. #306, Seattle WA 98109.

This article was provided to The Record by Juli Weishaar, friend of the Jeske family.


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