Drop the lawsuit against Jacob Stieler’s parents
  • Petitioned Maura D Corrigan

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DHS Director
Maura D Corrigan
Michigan Governor
Gov. Rick Snyder

Drop the lawsuit against Jacob Stieler’s parents

    1. Ann Aversano
    2. Petition by

      Ann Aversano

      Maribel, WI

In March 2011 Jacob Stieler was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant round-cell tumor. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue.

After three months of chemotherapy Jacob was given the "all clear." He was cancer free! Light at the end of the tunnel for Ken & Erin Stieler who were living every parent’s worst nightmare, or so they thought.  Since Jacob’s tests came back good, they chose not to risk another round of dangerous treatments on their son’s 9 year old body.  Apparently his oncologist disagreed with their decision.  It’s “standard of care protocol” to continue with this $60,000/month treatment, and if you don’t get in line for this, no matter what common sense tells you is best for your child, then you’ll go to court for parental negligence.

This is exactly what is happening to the Stieler's now. Jacobs parents refused further treatments of Ifosfamide, Etoposide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine and Anorexialt. NONE of which have been FDA approved for use in children or even for the use of Jacobs diagnosed condition. Some have even been shown to cause other forms of cancers!

Some other side effects of these drugs are:
-Damage to the cranial motor nerves
-Serious infections
-Failure of boys to sexually mature
-The inability to father children

Please show your support for the Stieler's by signing this petition to demand the state of Michigan Department of Human Services drop the 'negligence' charges against them.

Recent signatures


    1. NEWS FLASH!!

      Ann Aversano
      Petition Organizer

      The Probate Court of Marquette County has granted HSLDA’s motion to dismiss the prosecution of Ken and Erin Stieler for medical neglect. The Stielers had refused to continue chemotherapy after their son, Jacob, had clear PET scans after surgery and the first phase of treatment. The Circuit Court Judge, Thomas Solka, ruled today that the family had not neglected their son by refusing to continue with additional rounds of chemotherapy. He recognized that the parents were behaving reasonably by weighing the less-than-certain chance of cure with the risks of very serious side effects. He also placed reliance on the argument that three of the five chemotherapy drugs had not been FDA approved as safe and effective for pediatric sarcoma. The State of Michigan does have the option of appealing this decision. Please join us in Praising God. Also, continue to pray for Jacob, his parents, and for our opportunity to continue to defend parental rights.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sherrie Gosnell ALEXANDER, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      Let his doctor take the treatments. What would be the difference? His doctor does not need the medicine either. God has done a miracle...the doctor is not God, he needs to get over himself! Where is our freedom in America?

    • Jennifer Bouwman PULLMAN, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a parent who wants to parent my own child, not be forced into something by others.

    • Patrice Kelley LOVELAND, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is truly a attack on human rights & not in the interest of the family. Wisdom to not used unapproved FDA treatments & the risk in using those treatments go against intellectual & scientific reasoning & plain common sense.

    • Donna Roberts TOPEKA, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      Parents should have the rights to the decision of their children, for they are the ones who brought them into this world :) God Bless and prayers for a forever recovery :)

    • Catherine Archambeau PERKINS, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe parents should be making decisions for their children.


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