Karl Zartler Cancer Fund
Karl grew up in Newport Beach California and surfing has been his passion scince age 5 . He is one of the top surf instructors on Maui and surfs everyday, teaching his love of the ocean and how to surf the waves. His passion for the ocean and life is contagious and he is known to everyone as the easygoing, life- loving , making everyone happy guy. Carlos has never met a stranger everyone that has met him walks away a friend. This sudden diagnosis has devastated his mind , body and soul. Watching our friend and his family go through this is heartbreaking. He and his family need your help . We are reaching out to everyone to raise funds for the Zarlter's medical and living expenses during these extremely strenuous times.Anything you donate would be deeply appreciated. His friends have set up this to help Carlos and his family.
Many people ask often what can we do for you. I never know what to say . But this week the information we have received has knocked my breath away and we are terrified. We need your prayers, healthy thoughts and support more then ever. Karl had scans at the end of Jan. We met with the cancer team and his scans showed another nodule on his lung. He also had blood work done that shows some things that need to have some immediate attention. We will be seeing a hematologist, endocrinologist and have some tests done. The cancer team works with all the specialist so we feel that everyone is on the same page . Our son Nicholas as many of our friends know had a brain tumor . He had surgery to have it removed several years ago. He has some major endocrine issues. Nicholas has been getting yearly MRI to make sure everything is ok. He had a MRI a few days after Karl had his scans. On Tuesday after we returned home from the cancer center we received a call from Nicholas' specialist. He has another brain tumor. It is more invasive then the last one he had . It is 8x4 cm. We are shocked , scared, there are no words. We have begun to see many specialist. Opthamologist, Endocrinology, Nuerology, ENT surgeon , and Neurosurgeon. The last time he had brain surgery the tumor was smaller and they were able to go up the nose through the sinus cavity to the brain. This tumor is much larger. The stability of his sinus will also not allow this type of surgery again anyway. The options of what they want to do this time are terrifying. We have been going through the motions in a daze. I do have to say that having the information before having to take Nicholas into the doctors office was helpful. I am glad I was able to process as much as possible without him sitting next to me hearing it at the same time. Telling him was heartbreaking. He wants to have a normal life . He deserves that . He wants to play football . He loves the sport .You ask yourself why him ? Why us ? You begin the beg , barter, pleading that this is just some horrible nightmare. Then you collect yourself . The choice is to put one foot in front of the other and do everything you can to get through this. Please pray for us . Send healthy thoughts. We have another tough time ahead for us .Pray that the doctors have the knowledge and steady hands. Please Pray for Nicholas that he will have a complete recovery. Please pray for Karl as we are still fighting . May I ask that you please pray and send healthy thoughts for me as I try to keep it together for both of them as they are my whole world. If you would like to help please do. The financial burden is tremendous, and overwhelming.
Please hug on your loved ones and tell them you love them. Many teens try to pull away a bit to show their independence. Kiss them anyway . Hug them anyway. Tell them you love them anyway. Live in every single moment they are so precious. We are so thankful to everyone and grateful. Love to you all .
Many of you have asked for a update. We apologize that it has been awhile. Many things have happened since the last update. As some of you know we had to make the hard very difficult decision to leave our home and life on Maui. With the advice of our medical team it was advised we that we go to somewhere that possibly could offer Karl better medical care. We are in Oregon where there are more specialist that have knowledge of Liposarcoma. The transition has been very difficult . It is amazingly beautiful here . We knew that we couldn't continue to stay in Hawaii but also knew it would be such a difficult move emotionally , physically and financially. Karl has met with the cancer center here and they will begin putting a treatment plan together. We do know that there was some errors made early on but our goal is to move forward with optimism. Karl has had a tough time but has persevered. We were told that Karl would not make it three years, but yet he is here 3 1/2 years later today. This cancer is aggressive and rare. It does not like to give up. But we refuse to stop fighting . Everyday is a challenge. But everyday is another day to continue. The toll of having cancer effects everyone . It has taken a huge emotional toll on our son. He has gone through so much in his young life. More then most would go through in several lifetimes. We are so proud of the young man he is becoming through all he has been through. Cancer has taught us so much . It has taught us how strong you have to be. How you need to draw closer together in order to survive. We thank you all for your prayers, healthy thoughts , and support. The move has taken a toll on us financially. If you find it your heart to donate through this giving season it would be deeply appreciated. The medical expenses , moving expenses , and daily necessities just pile up . Please during this season when people tend to reach out to each other hug your loved ones . Tell them you love them . Kiss and love on your kids even when they pull away they still need us even though as they get older they don't want to admit it. We will have more to update in the next few days. I will keep you all updated after the next appointments. Again we are so very grateful for all of you .
Everyone has been asking how things are going for Karl and for a update .We have some tough news in some decisions we have had to make in the past week . As you know Karl's cancer is rare and aggressive. We have had to make some very tough and scary decisions. Maui is our home. Many people think we live in paradise . It is a beautiful place. But cancer is not pretty anywhere. The state of Hawaii is not a place you want to be when you have a rare cancer no one has treated . We have tried to stay here and be treated and get proper medical care due to financial insurance reasons. We are not able to do that any longer. There has been months with not being able to get into scans,the cancer center ,and get treatment for Karl. Palliative care is even difficult to obtain.This is due to the many people who are suffering from cancer in Hawaii and not enough treatment options. We are now months behind in scans . We have made the very tough decision to leave Maui to see a specialist that deals with Sarcoma. Karl's insurance has denied any and every attempt to see a specialist on the mainland. Finances have not allowed us to seek a specialist without a insurance approval. We are making the difficult choice to pick up our lives and go to get him into a cancer center. It has been a very quick decision. Karl needs to see someone who specializes in sarcoma cancer and has knowledge .In order to do this we need to be closer to the cancer center. We will be relocating to Oregon. There is a cancer center that deals with sarcomas. This has been a swift decision in hopes of getting care that Karl needs. We will be leaving Maui by the last week of August. We had a rental lined up but the people decided to sell their home. School for our son will begin on August 31. So hopefully we obtain a home to live in before school starts. We will need to be out of our current home before the 30th. To say we are overwhelmed is a understatement. Leaving our friends and Ohana here in Maui will be very hard. Our son grew up here. But we are also hopeful that this move will be a chance for Karl to get the best care possible. We will be starting over completely.The scariest part is the unknown. But this is the best decision for care for Karl. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers We need them all. Pray we find a home to settle in to begin this next journey for our family. Pray for guidance that we are led into the right direction. This is a emotional time for our son who is leaving kids he has spent all his school years with. We are a small community with Ohana we will truly miss. Karl has such mixed emotions of leaving the island he feels he is a part of and wants to stay . He knows this is his best chance to get better care. We also know that financially we can not stay on Maui . The emotional , physical, and financial strain we are under is overwhelming. The decision to stay or go is so very difficult when you can't afford to do either. But Karl needs this chance at better care. Thank you all for your continued support as Karl continues to fight this horrible cancer. If you are able to donate please do . Any amount helps. We have a tough road ahead of us but hopefully the outcome is better care for Karl . Thank You and God bless !
I apologize that it has been awhile since the last update. I know many have been asking how Karl is doing.We just passed 3 years since diagnosis of cancer a little over a week ago.Many things have been going on since the last update. The updates can be difficult as the time passes on and the news is not always uplifting and I apologize for not keeping everyone updated. We sincerely appreciate all of the prayers and concern. Three years at times seems a lifetime ago yet sometimes it seems like it was yesterday. Karl had scans and they showed that his thoracic, spine and lungs are affected.He has had difficulty with balance and has fallen and had some hospital visits due to these. He has some major Thyroid issues going on. Karl was diagnosis with Grave's Disease several years ago. He had radioactive iodine to treat and medicine therapy and his thyroid was in normal range for many years. He now has some major issues that cause complex complications added on to the cancer. Liposarcoma is a very rare cancer. We are looking into some surgery in the future to put in a stabilizer of some sort where thy removed his ribs. We are also looking into some surgery at some point to his shoulder where his original surgery took place There needs to be more research into sarcoma cancers. Karl has had all the treatment available to him at this time. He continues to see specialist and has doctors appointments several times a week. He is in constant pain and it is being managed by pain specialist and nurses. He has been approved for in home nursing care and we hope that it will begin in the next couple of weeks. You never adapt to cancer. There seems to be constant setbacks. Right now Karl is dealing with a staph infection on his wound. Yes three years later his wound still is not completely closed and he developed a staph that seems to not want to heal. Karl has still not been in the ocean. That is his one dream is to be in the ocean. Our goal is to get him in the ocean. His mental status is still a issue but they are working with medications that may help with some of these issues.We can only say that each day is a challenge but we are so grateful that Karl is still here. Since our journey began their have been many people with cancer that have touched our lives that are not here with us anymore. So we mourn their loss but realize how grateful we are to still get up and see tomorrow. We do not know what tomorrow brings. No one does. But we cherish every moment we have together. How do we ever thank everyone who prays for us, with us ? We are so grateful to everyone that encourages and supports us. We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives. The one thing Karl has is a great memory. Karl is very lucky that he remembers his younger years so clearly. All of his friends from growing up he can remember everything you all did together and it helps to have those great memories. To all his CDM crew the memories you created with Karl help him get through some of his toughest days and I appreciate that so much. The one thing that is important in life is relationships. Make them count. Love each other. Take care of each other. When you are diagnosed with cancer your life stops. Or life as you knew it does. Then your life becomes a battle to live, Sometimes you spend do much much time in the battle you don't take the chance to live. We were told in the beginning that this would be a long marathon. How long is a marathon ? Well it is until you get to the end. But we need to remember that while we are in a marathon,to stop and look around. Take a breath and breathe. We are all probably guilty of not stopping to take in life. The good, the bad and the ugly and man can it get ugly. But everyday there is something that can be so beautiful. We just have to take in those beautiful moments everyday and be grateful. When asked how you you guys doing I tend to say we are putting one foot in front of the other. But we know how short life can be so I want us enjoy every moment we can together.
I know I have posted this information before but please if you notice anything not right with your body please get it checked out. And if you feel that you are not getting the right answers push to get the right ones. It only takes one misdiagnosis and it can change your entire life in a moment.
Again we thank you so much for your continued prayers.We are so grateful for all of you and your continued support. We thank god everyday.
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Aloha my long time amigo. Anderson and harbor view takes us back to the early 70s and solid memories of amazing times and adventures. Surf, marinating, tons of great music, Irvine cove, smack-Barr, the good ol"boys.. You are in my prayers always and I love you to the moon.. F@$)"? Cancer... Fight the fight and contact me anytime as I will help my friend.
Wonderful news ~ Sending nothing but healing energy, light and much aloha to you, my friend!!! Rocketh on ~ YOU got this ♥