39-year-old Father of Five Battling Cancer
(Oneida, NY – March 2012) A 39-year-old Oneida father of five recently was diagnosed with stage-four colorectal cancer. Stanley “Stoch” Nodine was being treated for a suspected infection in November and December before being admitted to Oneida Healthcare Center Feb. 22 after developing difficulty breathing.
Two days later he was transferred to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where he was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer Feb. 27.
Family say the cancer has spread to his liver and lung; continuing treatment will include a series of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove the tumors, said sister Margo Nodine Frink, who spoke for the family. She said he already has undergone numerous procedures and tests, as well as several surgeries.
Nodine, who has worked for 15 years as a dump truck driver for Canastota Concrete, a division of W. F. Saunders Co., was just married Dec. 24. He has two children, one by a previous marriage, and three step-children. The youngest, Jayden, is 3 years old.
Jen Nodine is a certified nurse’s aide who became a stay-at-home mom when Jayden was born.
“Stoch gets laid off during the winter months, and he was laid-off, collecting unemployment, when he first got sick,” Frink said. “He is now on disability. With all those mouths to feed and Jen a stay-at-home mom, it’s going to be tough for them financially. He has insurance, but they will need help defraying other costs.”
The family is struggling with expenses not covered by insurance.
“Friends and family are planning to hold a benefit sometime down the road,” Frink said, explaining that the family is still coming to grips with the news. “We are thinking early June, but plans have not been finalized yet.”
Nodine is the son of Shirley Nodine and the late Stanley Nodine Sr. He is a lifelong Oneida resident, growing up in the Oneida Valley area. He attended Durhamville Elementary School, played baseball for Durhamville and graduated Oneida High School, where he also played on the baseball team.
Nodine has coached Oneida Pop Warner Football for seven years, Little League for three years and Babe Ruth for two years.
Contributions may be made payable to Jen Nodine and mailed in care of M3P Media, LLC, P.O. Box 3, Wampsville, N.Y. 13163.