Renee has always been a role model for others with her active lifestyle. We are all so surprised by this diagnosis. When you tell someone about whats happening the first thing you always hear is, "How can this be happening? She works out and has always been so healthy."
Although Renee has a love for working out her first love is by far her two young children. As the mother of Gedeon, 10 years old, and Olivia, 7 years old, Renee has prioritized quality time with family bike rides and hikes to Honey Creek. With her current treatment, life at home is not what it used to be. Gedeon said the thing he misses most are the family bike rides that for now are just not possible. Raising money for treatment will not only help the family get by but bring back the life they love and the activities they miss.
Renee remembers wanting to be a police officer from a very young age. She fulfilled her life long dream in March of 1991 when she became a Trooper for the Washington State Patrol. For the past 15 years she has served as the King County State Patrols wrecking yard inspector. Renee is loved and respected by her State Patrol family and we are asking that you join us in our support of her treatment.
In May of 2012 Renee was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Multiple Myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of your plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in your bone marrow.
She was hospitalized from May 17th - June 1st. During that time she had a procedure on her spine called vertebroplasty where they injected cement into 4 of her vertebrae that had collapsed. This was life changing as it virtually took away all of her pain. While in the hospital she began radiation treatment that focused on her spine and an illiac mass behind her right hip.
Her treatment will included 4 cycles of chemo, 8 radiation treatments, and finally two (2) stem cell transplants.
Renee has reduced kidney function as a result of her condition making her high risk for the upcoming, but life saving treatment. To monitor her progress she will spend up to 3 months in the UW hospital for her first stem cell transplant this fall.
Although we have learned a lot about what will be involved with Renee's treatment, many things are still unknown. We do know that, aside from the changes to her family life, she will have extended time off of work. The total cost for treatment that will not be covered by insurance will be compounded by the loss of income.
We set our fund raising goal with the hope that this money will relive some of the burden. If we are lucky enough to reach this goal we realize there will still be still be many uncovered costs.
Know that we love you Renee and will be with you through all of this. We look forward to your recovery and having you back at work making us smile.
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