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
-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.
As parents we have a responsibility to protect our children from harmful medical treatments. Ken and Erin Stieler have made a decision in regards to their son's healthcare and I urge you to honor that choice.
The decision of Michigan's Department of Human Services to pursue charges against this family is an embarrassment to the entire system. Their sons cancer is gone and yet doctors still want to treat him with harmful chemicals that are not even FDA approved for his disease or for use in children. This decision leads us to believe that you do not actually care about peoples health but rather are "in it for the money."
Prove to us that this is not the case by immediately dropping all charges against Ken and Erin Stieler and regain our confidence that health care is truly your primary concern.