Local Family Raising Money after Cancer Diagnosis
May 4, 2017 (SPARTANBURG, S.C.) – William E. (Bill) Mostiler prides himself on his work ethic. He started odd jobs as a young man cutting grass for his neighbors on a mill hill, and as a teenager, washed cars at a service station in Cowpens. He finished Cowpens High School and continued developing his skills through a stint in the United States Army. After more than 50 years employment he has had to give up all forms of work.
Bill was diagnosed with cancer and has had to leave his work to focus on his health. Bill suspected he might be developing pancreatic cancer in 2014. The disease runs in his family, so Bill went to see a doctor when he developed a vague pain in his left side. His suspicions were confirmed that December, and he learned the cancer had spread to his lung. Bill went through 18 months of chemotherapy and was able to continue working.
Unfortunately, the cancer has now grown and spread to more spots in his lungs and liver. The disease has forced him to leave his last job and focus on healing. He remembers well the stress his granddaughter, whose dad is a Fireman with the City of Spartanburg, went through as she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. They were helped by Security Blanket Organization. She was the poster child for the Optimist when she was going through chemotherapy and radiation also. She is now a 16 year old beauty, being the reigning Miss Cowpens.
“Having to give up my jobs has affected me more than anything else,” said Bill. “I especially miss the work I was able to do at North Grove Medical Park. I enjoyed meeting and talking to all the people I helped get into and out of cars as they came for medical treatment.” He was available too if anyone requested prayer after getting a serious diagnosis of themselves or their loved ones.
To help offset the medical expenses; Bill’s family has created an online fundraiser through Red Basket. They hope to raise $15,200 to pay for out-of-pocket medical bills.
“Just knowing that I will be able to allow my family not to be burdened with so many medical bills would be the biggest asset,” Bill said.
The fundraiser will be online through June 8.To donate, click HERE.