Becky and Steve Koss know how difficult it is to deal with life’s everyday challenges while also navigating the terrifying waters of a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Steve was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in January 2015, plunging the Koss family into the maze of insurance coverage, treatments, deductibles, filing for disability and still keeping up with their young son, Becky’s job as a nurse at Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s, and making it through each day so they could get up and do it all over again.

Members of Steve’s family organized a benefit for him last summer in Union Grove, and 900 people showed up. The money raised during the benefit helped the Koss’ manage their daily lives so they could put their energy into helping Steve fight.

Becky was inspired to start The Koss Family Foundation to help ease similar burdens for local families. She is now the CEO of the foundation and is assisted by good friends Joe Colletta and Christine Flores, and they hope to raise enough money this first year to help five families with up to $1,000 each.

“It was absolutely amazing to see all these people come out for us,” Becky said of the benefit last summer. “The Koss Family Foundation will provide non-medical support like mortgage or rent, utilities, groceries, gas, things like that.”

The foundation is still very much in its infancy; there is a Facebook page, and a website is coming soon that will make donating easier.

Check back this weekend for the full story of The Koss Family Foundation.

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