We are Excited to Announce the Kedzierski Family
as our 2021 Inspirational Family
We are very pleased to announce that the Kedzierski Family has graciously accepted to be the Cranberry CUP’s 2021 Inspirational Family.
Maciej Kedzierski, his wife Lama and their 5 children are 11 year residents of Cranberry Township residing in the Pinehurst neighborhood. For the past 15 years, Maciej has been a dedicated emergency room doctor at Butler Memorial Hospital. As a frontline worker, Maciej continued caring for patients during the Covid pandemic. In March 2021, he went in for what he believed was going to be a routine endoscopy, but instead a mass was found in his stomach, and he was diagnosed with Gastric Andenocarcinoma. A few weeks before his diagnosis, Maciej developed a limp that he thought was from jogging too much. It turned out to be a stress fracture in his hip due to bone weakening from the cancer. Before they could treat the cancer, they had to replace his fractured hip and administer radiation to his hip and spine to prevent worsening.
The published prognosis on this type of cancer is not promising, but Maciej is optimistic about new treatments for this disease such as immunotherapy, which is the treatment he is currently undergoing along with the standard chemotheraphy regimen. Every two weeks Maciej goes to a clinic for several hours to receive infusions and for the next 48 hours returns home with a pump to complete his treatment.
Since his diagnosis, Maciej has not been able to work, and the financial hardships on the family are great. It is the goal of the Cranberry CUP to relieve some of their financial burdens so that Maciej may focus on healing. He says that he and his family remain hopeful and are extremely grateful for all the people who are praying for him. Maciej is exactly what an inspirational person should be. Someone whose life changed in ‘a blink of an eye’, but inspires those around him by his positive outlook. He believes that as bad as things are getting it has allowed him and his wife to focus on the things that really matter in life; their awesome children and their love for each other.
Maciej’s positivity comes from some of the wonderful teachers in his life—one of them asked a simple question, “If you met yourself- would you like yourself?”. Maciej said, “I have always tried to live in such a way that I would like the person I met.” Another thought that holds truth for him is by Booker T. Washington- “No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in plowing a field as in writing a poem.” To Maciej, this means that even the menial tasks we have to do have inherent dignity and value that can’t be ignored without making the world poorer for it.
Since his diagnosis, he has constantly had to face and fight even when he would rather have just rolled up into a ball and cried. The last lines of Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson has kept him upright:
“One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Maciej believes that regardless of how bad things get, these words remind him that while he may not choose his time or fate, it is his choice to yield or not. That choice is his and he will not yield!
So let’s show the Kedzierski family what makes Cranberry Township so special by rallying around them and supporting them through their journey!