I am sure many of you know my brother in law Dan Richter. Although he is originally from Kelowna, where his parents still reside, he has been living in Fort St. John for the past 15 years. In his time here he has been working hard in the Oil & Gas industry as a Pipe Fitter.
Happily married with three young Children; Bianca (6), Victoria (3) and Thomas (1.5), him and his wife Sabine were very surprised when his stomach ache and abdominal pain just over a month ago ended up being more than just the flu.
While the kids were at home battling stomach bugs, Dan ended up going to the ER with severe abdominal pain last month. After a second trip back, he was alerted that it could be something more serious as there was a mass growing in his left abdominal area. This lead him to go to Edmonton were he thankfully was able to get a biopsy of the mass done fairly fast.
Unfortunately for him and his young family the biopsy results came back as cancerous. He has since been formally diagnosed with an Intermediate LipoSarcoma ( Rare type of Soft Tissue Cancer), that is causing him extreme pain by pushing organs out of place and causing havoc inside his body, despite the fact that at this time it has not spread. This 8x8 tumor has now caused some permanent damage to kidneys as well as both the small and large intestines- which means that once surgery commences Dan will have to have 1 kidney, 1/2 of his gallbladder, his spleen and parts of both small and large intestines removed along with the tumor. However, before doctors can get to that, Dan will have to endure at least 6 weeks of radiation treatment.
As you can imagine this has been a long and hard process for him and his family, especially his wife Sabine who is struggling with trying to fly down and be with him in Calgary and/or Edmonton, and staying here with the children, as we all know going to a hospital or taking care of someone with 3 little's is hard.
If any of you find it in your heart to contribute a donation to help them with the travel costs of back and forth between treatments, and being home with the kids, as well as to help cover their living expenses while Dan is unable to provide for his family that would be upmost appreciated. Even a simple share, or a donation of Air Miles (Dan Richter 8402 066 2277) points are welcome and appreciated.
Thank you all for your support and we will continue to update you with progress and further information.
- Florian Kund
- Atlee Kohl
- Kimberley Stevens
- Jeff Kalb
Organizer and beneficiary
Fort Saint John, BC