Couple depletes savings after lung cancer diagnosis

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Steve and Stacy have been married for over 30 years, raised two children and are now expecting their first grandchild. However, Steve was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and had to quit his job of 15 years to begin aggressive chemo and radiation treatment.

As the couple waited for Steve’s Social Security disability benefits to be approved, they depleted all of their savings and 401(k)s to maintain their monthly expenses, coming close to losing their home in foreclosure.

But Steve was recently approved for disability and the couple began loss mitigation to save their home.

Nevertheless, Steve’s disability check barely covered their monthly expenses. Stacy began seeking employment to help but has been out of the workforce for quite some time and is struggling to get interviews.

The Salvation Army, through your donation to the Good Cheer Fund, can help Steve and Stacy get caught up on their monthly expenses and focus on Steve’s health and Stacy’s job search.

Contributions to The Post and Courier’s Good Cheer Fund have helped the less fortunate in the Lowcountry since 1927. The seven charitable organizations sharing the funds collected are the Lowcountry Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Star Gospel Mission, the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Coastal Catholic Charities, the Carolina Youth Development Center and the Charleston Leadership Foundation. Every cent of the money goes directly to the agencies, as there are no administrative costs involved.

Send tax-deductible contributions to the Good Cheer Fund, ℅ The Post and Courier, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, SC 29403-4800. Donations also can be made in person or online at

For more information, email Robie Scott at

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