WHITING – Mike Elliott is once again in the fight of his life, but he has many friends and family pulling for him and doing whatever they can to help.
Friends and Family of Mike and Michelle Elliott is hosting a charity golf outing on his behalf Saturday at Wicker Park Golf Course, U.S. 41 and Ridge Road, Highland.
The 47-year-old Whiting man has been battling a rare form of bone cancer known as chondrosarcoma. He underwent surgery in January 2014 to remove his clavicle, scapula and other bones in his shoulder. Doctors removed one tumor the size of a soccer ball, the other the size of a football, according to his daughter, Hannah Elliott.
Subsequent radiation and chemotherapy treatments did not prevent the tumor from growing. In April 2016, he had his arm amputated and several ribs removed. It was a risky surgery performed at a hospital in St. Louis, and against all odds it looked as if he made it.
On Aug. 26, Elliott suffered a terrible setback when he fell down his basement stairs. Hannah Elliott said he was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain, a collapsed lung and the other lung badly bruised, with fractures to his skull, neck, back and ribs.
She said her father will remain in the hospital for about another two weeks, but is expected to recover, slowly, and will enter a rehabilitation facility after that. She thinks he’ll be home in about a month. He’s even up walking with assistance. However, he is “confused,” she said, experiencing a temporary form of psychosis.
“The man has been through more in his lifetime than anyone else I know,” she said. “Through everything, he has remained humble and has stood strong, never once complaining or asking for help. He is a fighter and has pulled through so far.”
She added that her father’s medical bills are mounting and that their home will need to be retrofitted with railings and other accommodations. He was an avid golfer and hopes to get back on the course one day.
For more information on the fundraiser, contact the Wicker Park Pro Shop at 219-838-9809.