From his wife, Kelly: We were supposed to grow old together! Now our future together has been cut very short.
Only 12 months ago, I took Ric to the ER for kidney pain. For the next 5 months, he remained in constant pain, constantly visiting the ER. Six CT scans and multiple antibiotics later, we kept getting sent home with the same diagnosis - you MUST have had a kidney stone. Never did the CT scans detect a stone.
An ultrasound of his kidney led to a biopsy, and found the cancer was ALREADY Stage 3. Ric’s left kidney was removed along with the cancer in 8 of the lymph glands. It’s Sarcomatoid Renal Cell Kidney Cancer – a very rare and aggressive cancer with NO CURE AND LITTLE HOPE.
Three months later, the September tests showed that the cancer had metastasized and progressed to Stage 4, now in his lung, abdomen, hip bone, and lymph glands in his jaw area. Devastated.
The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa suggested “Sutent”, a targeted medication for other types of cancer, but so far has been unsuccessful. My loving husband of the last 22 years is melting away- he’s lost 100lbs during the course of it – he’s in constant pain and fading away.
We were totally caught off guard; Ric has been a hairdresser for 40 years and we have no life insurance. Our plea is to get any help for expenses and funeral arrangements when the time ultimately comes. Please help our family prepare for the devastating things to come. We need your help!
With Ric being out of work this last year, expenses have added quickly so this fund will be a huge help to this loving family. Let's all chip in to help give back to them as they stay strong and brave while helping support Ric through this trying time. Thank you so much for your support.
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