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86 DICKIE'S CANCER let's keep Richard in the game

$81,418 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 289 people in 4 months
Created January 18, 2019
Team Dickie1
on behalf of Terumi Shibata Mazzera
Dear Family, Friends, Casual Acquaintances,  New Friends, Restaurant Habitués  and Other Lost Souls:

Richard Mazzera is a Berkeley-bred restauranteur with a dry wit, an infectious sense of humor, and a talent for making people feel good. It's as if  Bill Murray and Robin Williams morphed to become the maitre d' in a very fun restaurant. He has not a mean bone in his body and he has a knack for making you laugh when it's appropriate and more often when it's not.

As many of you know by now, and for those of you who don't, Richard is a survivor of bladder cancer. True to his nature, he dealt with his ordeal with self-deprecating sense of humor in the face of a terrifying and often painful situation. After several years of being in remission during which he  worked his ass off opening yet another successful restaurant, Richard's curse has come back in the form of  Stage 4 cancer in the lymph nodes and other parts of his urinary tract. Officially, metastatic to lymph node, intra abdominal and transitional cell carcinoma, right ureter. With that cheery bit of news from his oncologist, compounded by the threat of potential kidney failure, Richard is clearly fighting for his life.

He has begun his "full-on" aggressive chemotherapy  as of January 15. The treatment and subsequent surgery, and recovery will last several months requiring every bit of his signature humor, as well as most of his money, to win this battle.  A win for Richard will be a win for all of us.

His lovely wife Terumi is working long hours as a Manager at Trailblazer Tavern in SF while using the rest of her very limited waking hours to help Richard deal with the physical and mental aftershock of chemotherapy. With Richard not able to work, and with medical bills mounting, they have drifted into the dreaded zone of acute financial distress.

These are good, decent, hard working people who deserve a break and need a little financial support from all of us. A little or a lot, does not matter. What matters most is that you care enough to give something. We believe that world as we know it is a better place with Richard in it. Please help him get through this ordeal and regain his health.

Unlike Richard's usual good-natured banter, this situation is no joke.

Thank you
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A little update on our favorite Richard. After a tough two weeks post the first round of chemo, the news that the second round was not to happen as scheduled was crushing. Further tests revealed that although Richard was in his ever infectious "giddy-up" mode, his kidneys said, "no go".
His team of doctors have rallied to come up with an alternate treatment, Immunotherapy. It is a cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer. Your immune system helps your body fight infections and other diseases. It is made up of white blood cells and organs and tissues of the lymph system. Basically, chemo goes in and kills the cancer, immunotherapy assists your body to fight the cancer.
Richard and Terumi have an appointment with the doctors on Wednesday to learn more.
Although this change in plan hasn't gone without its own set of worries, everyones generosity and kindness has lifted Richard and Terumi's spirit, not to mention, taken a huge burden off their shoulders.
Richard is continuing to fight with his ever present sense of humor. We were grateful he felt well enough to come out this weekend, he looked great even with no hair ;-).
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$81,418 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 289 people in 4 months
Created January 18, 2019
Team Dickie1
on behalf of Terumi Shibata Mazzera
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