Rick was recently diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer at the age of 48 , a result of a very rare neuroendocrine cancer. The primary tumor has not been found. Rick 's liver is riddled with these tumors, and there are now lesions on his pancreas. *Update- pancreatic lesions are benign! Yea!*
His oncologist has told him that his best hope for survival is treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Clinical Center. This poses huge financial hurdles for Rick and his family, however. Travel and lodging is only one aspect- insurance issues come into play as well. To top it all off, Rick and Vicki have four children at home, with the youngest being only five years old.
*Update- 12/17/14- Rick and his wife Vicki are in Boston Mass. right now to consult with his surgeon and oncologist.*
*Update- 12/23/14- Rick was met with the worst of news at his consults in Boston. He is now back at home in West Palm Beach with his wife, Vicki, and their four kids, Richard-21, Jason and Justin-17, and little Michael- 5.
LETS OPEN OUR HEARTS AND OUR WALLETS FOR CAPTAIN RICK AND HIS FAMILY!!!