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Rallying for the Rettingers

$15,915 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 7 months
Created December 29, 2017
Emily Jaramillo
on behalf of Sarah McIntosh-Rettinger
This Go Fund Me account is for our dear friend David Rettinger and his wonderful family. David has been an Albuquerque firefighter and paramedic for the past 12 years. His wife Sarah is a self-employed hairdresser  and they have three young boys.

David was recently admitted on Christmas Day to Presbyterian hospital with moderate abdominal pain that would not subside. After a series of tests, including CT and endoscopy with biopsy, a diagnosis of a Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor (pNET) with metastasis to adjacent lymph nodes was made. While this is devastating news, the outcome could have been much worse as most pancreatic cancers, known as adenocarcinoma, are fatal within months. pNET is a slower growing cancer with the treatment option being a very invasive and complicated surgery known as a Whipple. This surgery will be done out of state within the next month. More tests are needed in the upcoming weeks to further explore the reach of this cancer. As of now, his pain is under control and Dave should be discharged after what will have been 8 days in the hospital. He is physically feeling great and and ready to go home to his family! David is grateful that he has a fighting chance and a wonderful support team including his wife Sarah, family, friends, and his fire family with the Albuquerque Fire Department. Although there is a long journey ahead, it is the opportunity to make those steps that we are so grateful for given the grim alternative of what could have been.
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Latest update today, Jan. 15, 2018, is the MRI found about a dozen lesions on my liver, likely metastatic but needs to be confirmed by biopsy which will be difficult since they didn’t originally show up on CT, which is what they use to guide a biopsy needle. Going to get an ultrasound tomorrow and another CT variation next week hoping they can find an accessible and visible lesion, otherwise going to consult with a specialist out of state. This could mean I may not be a candidate for surgery unfortunately and will have to find treatment options to help stop the growth because chemotherapy is typically not effective on this type of cancer. It is a slower growing cancer and I still am positive there are some good options to fight this. I’ll keep everyone posted as we get more info. I feel good still and will be trying to get back to work soon in the meantime. My family and I would not have been able to do this alone and I can’t thank everyone enough for the overwhelming love and support. I am still very thankful for the chance to fight this every day that I am alive and am trying to focus my efforts on living a higher quality life than worrying about quantity! It’s something we could all benefit from and I will do everything in my power to be a warrior for my family and hopefully an inspiration for anyone else in these situations. I love you all, we are eternally grateful.

David Rettinger
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$15,915 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 7 months
Created December 29, 2017
Emily Jaramillo
on behalf of Sarah McIntosh-Rettinger
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