Local family hoping to make daughter’s birthday extra special

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MOGADORE, Ohio -- Joe Steiner can't help but get emotional as he reads through the pile of greeting cards on his dining room table.

Many of them are from family and friends and a couple of them are from strangers. They all share a similar message: wishing his daughter Maryna the best of luck in her recovery. She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last month.

"They're not giving us a time frame because it's not considered cancerous, so it could be three years or it could be eight years or ten years. we don't know. And in my eyes, I'd rather have that because that's more time I have with her," he said while fighting back tears.

Maryna hasn't let the diagnosis get her down. In fact, she's still allowed to play basketball at Edison Middle School in Massillon. Her dad said it's a welcome relief from everything she's dealing with right now.

"She's such a fighter and she's so strong. She drives me to do better for her," he said.

Maryna's 14th birthday is coming up on February 24th, and to make it extra special, he's hoping more people will send cards to their home. He said the ones she's received so far have really made her feel better.

"I was a little overwhelmed. It's just nice," said Maryna.

She was a bit camera shy, but said she wants to thank everyone for their support.

Joe wants to thank everyone too.

"Everybody at Akron Children's, St. Jude's Hospital, everybody in my family and friends that have helped. I appreciate everything," he said.

Cards can be sent here:

Maryna Steiner
3354 Hilton Street NW
Lot 29
Massillon, OH 44646
or to:
57 Marion Avenue
Mogadore, OH 44260