Steve Zofchak, Monroe Falls, OH
2015 Cleveland Chili Cook-off Recipient
Steve Zofchak suddenly had a seizure while watching the OSU game with his best friend on November 29th, 2014. Steve was taken to the hospital and spent 4 days in an induced coma. While speaking with the doctors and looking at his scans the doctors had agreed that he had a stroke. He was released from the hospital 7 days later. The doctors requested him to have a MRI 4 weeks after his release to make sure the spot on his brain, which they thought was blood had diminished. He went for a MRI and was diagnosed with a GBM (stage IV glioblastoma multiforme). Steve had surgery in February and some of the tumor was removed. In March he had to have another surgery. Steve spent three months in a rehab facility because the tumor created a significant deficit on his left side. He completed 6 weeks of radiation and chemo. He continues to have chemo every month in hopes of stopping the growth of the tumor. Due to his condition, Steve’s wife Donna has not been able to work full time and disability for him just started in June. Steve needs 24 hour care. The Zofchak family receives help from family members when they are able. As of two weeks ago Steve once again was admitted to the hospital and now in a rehab facility. Steve and Donna have two children, one still under the age of 18 and the other attending college. Funds from the Chili Cook-off will go towards payment of utilities for 2 months.