I have just been told, by a very reliable source, that Larry Tamblyn of the Standells has stated that Dick had a substance abuse problem. He did NOT. If you have any questions about Dick's untimely death, please contact me. Peggi Collins
It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Dickie lost his battle last night. He had contracted pneumonia and just wasn't strong enough to fight it. Please remember him in your prayers and consider adding to this fund which his family desperately needs to offset the great expense of his illness.
The good news is that Dick made it through the surgery. It looks like he will be transferring to skilled nursing, soon.
While at a doctor's appointment, yesterday, Dick suffered a medical emergency. He is in the hospital awaiting surgery. Your prayers and donations are much-needed. Peggi
11/15/2013 UPDATE: Dick has been released from the hospital, for now. He is undergoing treatment as an out patient. He is visited by an in home nurse and physical therapist daily. He is feeling pretty much how you would expect one to feel that is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. Yesterday, he was able to stand and seat himself in the car under his own power, an improvement from the day before. On the drive he actually cracked a few jokes and gave me a fist bump. People have asked about visiting Dick at home. That is something you will have to coordinate with him and will be dependent on how he is feeling. Dick has received everyone's messages and well wishes. He sends his thanks and gratitude. He also thanks all for their donations and generosity. We still need to raise much much more to ensure he is properly taken care of. Another radiation treatment today. Tim Ferrill
11/9/2013 UPDATE: Dick remains hospitalized receiving for his multiple cancers. He is fighting hard, as hard as one can possibly fight. The quality of the care he is receiving is excellent. If you have Dick's cell phone number, his phone is bedside and he answers when he feels up to it. The best way to send well wishes to Dick is via DickDodd@yahoo.com. All emails are placed in a notebook at his bedside. I have read him every email as well as messages posted on Facebook. Any thing anyone can do to get the word out re http://www.dickdodd.com
is greatly appreciated. We are hoping that the Red Sox and MLB involved in publicizing this situation as part of their "Stand Tall Against Cancer" campaign. Still waiting for a response. We are still well short of what we need to ensure every possible treatment option is available for Dick's care. At this time no further updates are planned unless there is a significant change in Dick's condition.
This will be the official update thread on Dicks condition: 11/7/2013 - Dick had his first chemotherapy treatment this morning. He states he feels "very uncomfortable." He is asking for a Slurpee from 7-11 which his doctors have OK'd/. he will have that shortly. The nurses have now discovered that they are caring for a "celebrity." Yesterday Dick actually felt well enough to sing a few songs with his nurses. We will see what today hold for Dick. TF for DD.
Good news, today. Dick had a chemo treatment, yesterday. Just got off the phone with him. His spirits are high and he vowed to fight this cancer. He asked me to again thank all of you for your contributions, but especially for your prayers and well-wishes. I read them all to him. Peggi
Please spread the word. Dick is really going to need help with his medical bills.
Not good news, everyone. Dick is back in the hospital, dehydrated and in pain. Prognosis is not good.
10/30/2013 MORNING UPDATE: Dick says he is feeling a bit better this morning after a very rough past two days. He now has the proper pain medications (had to be special ordered.) His first treatment has been moved to Friday. We are trying to plan a low key belated birthday celebration with a few close friends if and when he feels up to it. That is to be determined.
Dick has been released from the hospital with pain medication. He will begin out-patient treatments of chemo and radiation this week.
New update. The doctors have found two places in Dick's brain. Right now, they aren't going to worry about it. The tumor in his esophagus will be treated with chemo directly into the tumor. He won't be able to eat, so he will have a feeding tube. His spirits, however, remain upbeat. He is just glad to know what is wrong.
Dick's cancer is centered on his spine, liver and spleen, although there is also a tumor on his esophagus. Doctor Linda W. Chan, an oncology radiologist with the Orange County Cyberknife and Radiation Center is using high-tech x-rays to develop a 3D model of Dick's back in order to more precisely target the radiation. He will have 10 treatments over the next 10 days. He will also start chemotherapy.
Dick Dodd at the Revelaire Club with Eddie & the Showmen circa 1963
Dickie the Mouseketeer
Me, Paul Johnson and Dick in 1983
Dick started radiation therapy, yesterday. He is at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley.
Dick Dodd, drummer, first as a Mouseketeer "Dickie," later, in the Surf Band Eddie and the Showmen, famous for the hit Mr. Moto, later still, in the band The Standells. Dick was the lead singer on the hit song Dirty Water...still played at the end of every home game win at Fenway Park. Unfortunately, Dick has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Dick will be incurring tremendous expenses, well
into six figures as a result of his treatment. Your assistance is greatly