‘It’s devastating’: Couple BOTH diagnosed with stage four cancer weeks apart

‘It’s devastating’: Couple who were BOTH diagnosed with stage four cancer weeks apart say they are still determined to give their kids a ‘positive childhood’

  • A family’s lives were turned upside down when both the husband and wife were tragically diagnosed with stage four cancer just weeks apart
  • In February, Laura Tomelloso, a retired Department of Justice officer, from California, was diagnose with stage four colon cancer 
  • Weeks later, her husband Michael, a LAPD Central Traffic Division officer, received heartbreaking news – he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer
  • Laura and Michael have two young boys, Mike Jr., 14, and Matthew, 10, according to a statement the LAPD Central Traffic Division posted to their social media
  • The LAPD has set up a Blue Ribbon trust fund account to help raise money for the family during this difficult time

A family’s lives were turned upside down when both the husband and wife were tragically diagnosed with stage four cancer just weeks apart.

In February, Laura Tomelloso, a retired Department of Justice officer, from California, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer after doctors performed a colonoscopy, according to a report by KNBC. 

Weeks later, her husband Michael, an LAPD Central Traffic Division officer, received heartbreaking news – he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. 

A family's lives were turned upside down when both the husband and wife were tragically diagnosed with stage four cancer just weeks apart

A family’s lives were turned upside down when both the husband and wife were tragically diagnosed with stage four cancer just weeks apart

In February, Laura Tomelloso, a retired Department of Justice officer, from California, was diagnose with stage four colon cancer

In February, Laura Tomelloso, a retired Department of Justice officer, from California, was diagnose with stage four colon cancer

‘It’s devastating, and for [Laura] — going through that to find out your spouse is also going to be dealing with that,’ Carrie Cellini, a family friend, told KNBC.

The outlet reported that Laura’s colon cancer has since spread to ovarian cancer. 

Laura and Michael have two young boys, Mike Jr., 14, and Matthew, 10, according to a statement the LAPD Central Traffic Division posted to their social media.

‘During their battle with cancer, which consists of ongoing medical treatments, surgeries and hospitalizations, they have an exhausted challenge in completing simple tasks. 

‘They have been relying on friends, neighbors and church members in making life less challenging with their daily tasks and making their medical appointments, and to make Mike Jr. and Matthew’s childhood as positive as possible,’ the statement said.

Weeks later, her husband Michael, a LAPD Central Traffic Division officer, received heartbreaking news - he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer

Weeks later, her husband Michael, a LAPD Central Traffic Division officer, received heartbreaking news – he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer

The LAPD has set up a Blue Ribbon trust fund account to help raise money for the family during this difficult time

The LAPD has set up a Blue Ribbon trust fund account to help raise money for the family during this difficult time 

Laura and Michael have two young boys, Mike Jr., 14, and Matthew, 10, according to a statement the LAPD Central Traffic Division posted to their social media

Laura and Michael have two young boys, Mike Jr., 14, and Matthew, 10, according to a statement the LAPD Central Traffic Division posted to their social media

The Central Traffic Division noted that Matthew is a special needs child who is home-schooled and works with horses as a part of his therapy, however he can no longer attend his therapy sessions due to his parents health. 

The LAPD has set up a Blue Ribbon trust fund account to help raise money for the family during this difficult time.  

‘Knowing what type of person he is and a family man, he was a Marine and he’s been a police officer for over 25 years and been married over 25 years to his wife,’ LAPD Officer Bryce Verna told KABC

‘And to actually — not one person but two people go through that — it’s pretty much lottery odds.

‘[We hope to] make it as easy as possible for them to function and worry about their treatment and their health, rather than the money aspect of it,’ Verna continued.

Sgt. Jeanna Quinones told KTLA that 49-year-old Michael can no longer work.

‘It’s been hard,’ Carrie Cellini said. ‘They’re both down. So, neither of them can really do anything.’

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