When Chuck was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer 9 years ago, he decided it was time to adopt his stepson, Stacy. At the time, Stacy was 35, but they still wanted to make their relationship official. It was a symbol that was important to them.
But other things came up, and the adoption never happened. Now Chuck has made the decision to stop his chemotherapy treatments, and he knows that his days are numbered.
Chuck stepped in when Stacy’s biological father did not, and he was there to guide the boy into manhood. “He means everything to me,” said Stacy, of the man who raised him, recalling how he would run alongside him at cross-country meets when he was a high school athlete.
“When death is standing at your door and you’re starting to think about the things that you maybe should have done but didn’t do, that’s when you try to knock off everything that you can,” said Stacy. Unfortunately, the hearing they had scheduled to complete the adoption was cancelled at the last minute when Chuck’s health took a turn for the worse and he was rushed to the hospital.
County officials are doing everything they can to make the adoption happen before the beloved father passes away.