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Help Frank Martin Throttle Cancer

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Raised by 216 people in 6 months
Created December 2, 2017

Frank is in his early 40’s, and is a loving husband to his wife Jennifer and father of two young children Arianna 7 years old, and Elijah 6 years old.  Frank Martin grew up on the eastside of Washington in the small town of Sunnyside.  After high school, he graduated from Central Washington University then went on to become a Corrections Officer at the King County Jail.  Soon after Frank was hired as a Police Officer with the City of Federal Way, WA where he has protected and served the citizens of Federal Way for over a decade.      Frank needs your help…      
For the last four years he has been assigned to the Traffic Division as a Motor Officer, where he sustained an injury while attending advanced police motorcycle training in July 2017.  During treatment and recovery for the motorcycle injury it became obvious that something else was wrong.   Frank was not getting better, which began the journey to determine the root cause of his significant pain that persisted.  Unfortunately, Frank has been diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal (colon) cancer that has spread to his right hip. Stage IV is the most advanced stage of cancer.  Frank continues to see his Oncologist to create a treatment plan to attack his cancer, with the goal of being a part of the Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle.
Frank and his family have weathered this journey privately with the support of family and close friends, until now.  On behalf of Frank and his family, we are asking for much needed assistance from the community and our law enforcement family.  Frank is doing everything he can to fight and completely beat this cancer.  His family means everything to him.  As a single income family, as Jennifer is a student in a nursing program, we ask you to donate all that you can and please share Frank’s story with everyone you know through every network you have and on all social media you use. 
Please keep Frank in your thoughts and prayers, as he continues his journey to fight for his life.   

 “Head n eyes, Gray area, trust the lean it will get ya thru anything” M. Leverton

 
With much love and gratitude,

Martin Family, and the Officers of the Federal Way Police Department.
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It is with a heavy heart and deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Officer Frank Martin. Frank was a loving Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, and Friend. He peacefully passed away in his sleep at about 1:00 AM, on February 12th, 2018 surrounded by his family. Frank fought bravely for as long as he could. Now, his cancer is behind him and his pain is gone. His death has left us devastated.

While we find ourselves grieving for the loss of our Hero, we believe that he is in a better place. We thank everyone for the enormous support Frank and his family has received for the past few months.

As his family plans the arrangements for Frank’s funeral, any donation would be greatly appreciated as proceeds raised will go directly toward Frank’s funeral cost, and medical bills.

Frank will forever be remembered in our hearts. Please keep Frank and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Hello all,

Frank was home for about a week, but was unable to control the pain. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, January 27, fighting an infection and pneumonia. A scan was completed and they discovered that the cancer has spread to his C1, C2, and C5 vertebrae (neck area) in his spine. This discovery is probably the cause of his new neck pain. His white blood cell count is elevated which indicates that he is still fighting an infection. A neurologist will be consulting with Frank and his family to determine the best course of treatment for the new cancer. Another CT scan will be done to assess other areas of pain. Frank is still under a great deal of pain and they have not been able to find a good combination of medications that is effective. He’s a bit out of it. The Federal Way Police LT’s and Officers’ Guilds are hosting a silent auction for Frank and his family on Saturday, February 10 which has already sold out. If you would like to make a donation or know of someone or a business that would donate any goods or services please contact Lt. Ray Bunk, or Officer David Johnson, you can also drop off donations at the Federal Way Police Station. This is a disheartening update but please keep up the positive thoughts and prayers.
Frank at home
Frank at home with the kids
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Hope that your Christmas was filled with love. Frank was unable to go home for Christmas, but it was filled with love. Frank just completed his second round of Chemo. He is exhausted, but pushing forward. His was taken off of the pain medication pump about three days ago, in preparation for him to go home, however, he had a very painful episode and had to be placed back on the pump. He cannot go home until he is off the pump and the pain controlled. Frank’s Oncologist has been in correspondence with an Oncologist with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and is collaborating regarding Frank’s care. If it comes to a point that Frank needs to be transferred to SCCA, it will be a smooth transition. The Chemo is taking its toll on Frank and he has been sleeping a lot. He is aware when someone is in the room. He may not open his eyes, but he will nod his head in recognition of your presence, and muster a smile. :)
Arianna, Elijah, and Jenn stayed the night in the hospital Christmas Eve. They were together Christmas day. Frank’s parents, sisters, nephew and nieces were at his home and visited with him throughout the day. He was surrounded by family and friends. The hospital bed has been delivered to his house and all set up. Jenn has been living at the hospital and going home periodically.
Frank had a scan done last night. The Oncologist informed Frank and Jenn this morning that the cancer is shrinking. This is the result of only one round of Chemo, because the effects of the second round have not yet taken effect. He is going to continue with the radiation treatment, focusing on the tumor. The Oncologist stated that treatment was looking promising and that he was very happy with the results.
Yay!!!
Frank at the hospital giving a Thumbs UP
Frank Jenn Arianna Elijah on Christmas
Frank, Arianna and Elijah on Christmas
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Frank’s new oncologist informed him that the cancer has spread to his bladder, prostate, sacrum, and minimally to his lungs. The doctor started Frank on Chemo yesterday. The new treatment plan is radiation and chemo for the next six weeks. Frank will then have another scan to determine if surgery can be done to remove the colon and bladder. They have his pain managed and he has been able to sleep.

Frank’s spirits are still high and he is staying positive. He is always expressing gratitude to his nurses and tries not to be a burden on them. Last week, one of his nurses contacted visitors outside of Frank’s room and stated, “Frank is a wonderful patient.” “He is such a nice guy.” That is the consensus with all of us.

Arianna and Elijah Martin made a Thank You!! Card expressing their love and appreciation for the generosity and support you have shown their Daddy.
Thanks for the continued support.
Frank’s Chemo treatment
Exercising with Arianna and Elijah
Arianna & Elijah w/their thank you card
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