Letters to Steve Maleski

lettertosteveST. JOHNSBURY- Over the weekend, NEK resident Jerry Johnson, organized an effort show support for local Eye on the Sky meteorologist Steve Maleski, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Maleski graduated from the form Lyndon State College with a degree in meteorology and has lived in the Northeast kingdom since the late 70s with a brief stint in Atlanta.

Common amongst children, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) occurs when bone marrow cells develop errors in its DNA. ALL may not sound severe because of the term 'acute' in the name, but it is far from a small deal. According to Cancer.org, "'Acute' means that the leukemia can progress quickly, and if not treated, would probably be fatal within a few months." As of now, Maleski is at the Norris Cotton Cancer center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center receiving treatment, and is hoped to be back at the museum after his recovery.

Jerry Johnson sent him letter wishing him encouragement through the treatment and recovery process. Later posting the envelope on Facebook stating, "Tomorrow I will send Steve a card of encouragement and a copy of my Up the Creek Without a Saddle book. I hope some of my weather-related poems such as "Summer Cloudburst", "Thirty Below", "Mud Season", and "Haying is Such Sweet Sorrow" put a smile on his face."

Tena Starr, Steves partner, told Johnson the news and is asking for people to send him letters and notes of encouragement. Her post on social media said, "He's in a pressure treated chamber. He said it's like living in a space ship. The chemo and the isolation are wearing on him. It's pretty miserable. If you know him, or if you don't but have heard his weather forecasts all these years, you could send a card wishing him well, or saying you appreciated him as a meteorologist, which he has always been so serious about. It would mean a lot, break the monotony of his days, and lift his spirits, which is important right now."

Steve's coworkers weren't sure if they should let people know about his condition, but are pleased to see the response from the public. Mark Breen, who is also a meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and does forecasts for Eye on the Sky says, "That he's touched so many peoples lives that when somebody is face a challenge like that, it's just amazing the kind of support that gets rallied around that kind of thing."

Anna Rubin who is the director of external relations at the museum adds, "Many people here in the museum knew that Steve was going through a hard time but we also wanted to be respectful of his privacy. So we weren't sure about how much he wanted it to get out. So when we saw that he was welcoming notes from his friends it was actually a relief because we want to support him and we want to know whats happening".

If you would like to send Steve a card, his address to his hospital room is:

STEVE MALESKI
NORRIS COTTON CANCER CENTER, ROOM 101
DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK MEDICAL CENTER
ONE MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE
LEBANON, NH 03766

 

 

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