Michael Klotzbach, 22, a senior at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, found out in December 2006 that he had terminal brain cancer. His family was told he had 6 months to 2 years to live. Naturally, his family has done everything they can in the time since then to help him fight the cancer. They have insurance through the Naval Academy for regular means, but nothing extra. Michael's mother, Mary has taken leave from her job in order to take care of her son, who requires a special diet.
In March 2007, the Klotzbach family discovered that a special yet expensive supplement was appearing to work for Michael, which gave them tremendous hope, especially considering that their first son, Matt, was killed several years ago by a drunk driver while at the Naval Academy.
Betterment decided to help alleviate at least part of the family's bills by paying the $1,000 a month that it costs to have the supplements for Michael through the Immediate Need Fund. Additionally, Betterment chose to have Michael be the 2007 golf weekend recipient. He and his parents were able to join us both on the course and at the State of the Union party atop Hotel Washington. It was great to have them there and to see just how strong this young man is. The family has been very involved in the community, especially with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
As Michael continues to have rounds of chemo, his spirits are very high, and he continues to have a very positive outlook on life and things in general. He participated in a Cancer Awareness Bike Rally where he had have the opportunity to meet up with Lance Armstrong. Mike says he thinks he can take Lance in a short sprint...best of luck to Michael!