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Web Fundraising Effort Aims to Help West Islip Dad

The GoFundMe campaign has a goal of $50,000.

The Kirshbaum family of West Islip. Photo courtesy of Randy Kirshbaum.
The Kirshbaum family of West Islip. Photo courtesy of Randy Kirshbaum.

An online fundraising effort to help a West Islip family whose father is battling stage IV Adenocarcinoma has raised $3,130 toward an ultimate goal of $50,000 to help pay medical bills and other living expenses.

The GoFundMe campaign is for Michael Kirshbaum and was initiated by his brother Randy in early September. So far 34 donations have been received. To donate, click here. GoFundMe is a global crowdsourcing site.

Here is the note explaining the circumstances as written by Randy Kirshbaum:

Hello, and thank you for looking at the GoFundMe site for Michael Kirshbaum. We are trying to raise money to assist Michael, and his family, with medical and other bills.

Michael was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Adenocarcinoma. Due to this diagnosis, Michael has had to stop working in the fields in which he has dedicated his life, and which feeds his passion for helping and entertaining others. After high school, Michael started out on his journey to help and support others. First, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served as a Medic at the DMZ in Seoul Korea. After receiving his honorable discharge, Michael realized that he had a calling for helping others. 

After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Michael went on to Chiropractic school where he earned his DC (Doctor of Chiropractic). His work as a Chiropractor was brought to a halt after a car accident left him unable to adjust due to a shoulder injury. Still having a desire to help others, Michael enrolled in Physician Assistant (PA) school from which he graduated and became a Certified Physician Assistant. His PA career allowed him to work in neurosurgery, interventional radiology, ICU, and other departments alongside some of the best medical staff at Stonybrook Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. 

During this time, Michael's passion for helping and entertaining others took on another form as Michael became a magician, certified hypnotist, mentalist, and most recently an actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild. Michael's fascinating slight of hand, and ability to entertain others was apparent. Over the years, Michael has entertained hundreds of people, children and adults, at private and corporate parties/events, many of which were free of charge. The joy he received from watching people laugh, and seeing the amazement on their faces, continued to fuel Michael's desire to work tirelessly on the side traveling where he could to entertain audiences. Michael received work as an actor (extra) and appeared in Just Wright and Law & Order. 

It is time for us to give back and help Michael. After years of giving to others, Michael has had to stop working to aggressively fight his cancer. We are looking for donations to assist him, his wife Jeannine, and their two children, Jaclyn (a senior in high school), and Dylan (a freshman in high school).

We thank you for taking the time to read this posting and making any donation. Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless!

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