Robert Pitzer's Liver Transplant

$26,570 of $675,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 35 months
Peggy Chrisman
on behalf of Robert Pitzer
 ARLINGTON, WA
My friend Robert is fighting for his life. He has primary sclerosing cholangitis . Robert needs a liver transplant now! Without the liver transplant my friend will die. Robert was told he needs to raise $675,000 for treatment, post-op care, medications, caregivers and the like. Health insurance will cover some of these expenses, but not all. If I had $675,000 I would gladly give it to him, but I do not.

Robert has a circle of friends who are prepared to do whatever it takes to support him and get him through this health crisis. We love him. He is part of our family.  During the past year, I lost my sister and my heart was shattered. Putting one's heart back together is a slow process and the thought of losing Robert too, so soon, I cannot wrap my mind around it. I want him to live. I am asking you to help me and his family to raise the money Robert needs to live.

Robert Pitzer is a familiar name in Washington music education. Robert taught music at Franklin High School, ran the Seattle All-City Band for 10+ years and taught music education at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Many of the music educators teaching in public schools today have either been high school students of Robert's or been under his mentorship as they completed their education to be music teachers. 

Pitzer, as many of his friends call him, is the founder and director of Jazz Underground an 18 piece Seattle-based band that plays contemporary jazz. He is also the host of a weekly radio show The Convergence Zone on KGHI 91.1 FM from Grays Harbor community radio. 

Currently Robert is the Director of Fine Arts for the Mount Vernon School District. In addition, he is completing a PhD in Music Education at the University of Washington School of Music.

Robert has been a good friend of mine for over 20 years. We met by chance during Seafair--at the Tour de Terrace parade in Mountlake Terrace-- I wanted to let him know how much I enjoyed the performance of the All City Band. Instead I choked on the water I was drinking. I tried to look cool, but that is difficult while coughing and spewing water out of your nose and mouth. He had an odd look on his face as I choked out how much I liked the band. Fortunately for me, my first impression was overlooked and we became great friends.

Please help me save the life of the friend I love so dearly. I will be forever grateful for your gift. Thank you in advance for all your help. May the world bring you great joy.

Peggy
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Update 16
Posted by Peggy Chrisman
26 months ago
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"...It’s a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life...."

Words written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse in 1964 for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint- The Smell of the Crowd that express how I feel in November 2016.

I am so pleased to inform everyone that Robert had a third liver transplant on November 10, 2016. The surgery was a success. Robert is doing well and will make a full recovery. The road ahead is filled with rehab and other trials resulting from what will turn out to be a yearlong saga of surgeries, setbacks and complications. I have learned much about friendship and perseverance during the past eight months and am, more certain than ever, it is the people we love that make the difference in our lives.

To every person who played a role, large or small, in Robert’s fight for life I am forever grateful to you for the life of my friend.

Stay tuned here at GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/robertpitzer
or the Pitzer Benefit Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557083754618325/ for information about upcoming benefits and for Pitzer’s return to the Jazz Underground.

“…and I’m feeling good.”

Peggy
At the helm of Jazz Underground
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Update 15
Posted by Peggy Chrisman
26 months ago
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Hello Friends,

Robert had transplant surgery today. The surgery was long and there were many complications. Robert is in stable, yet guarded condition. I will post an update tomorrow. Your prayers are most appreciated.
In gratitude,
Peggy
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Update 14
Posted by Peggy Chrisman
27 months ago
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In my youth I loved to ride roller coasters. I loved the feeling of plummeting over the top and the small amount of fear as you wonder if the car is going too fast to remain on the track. As I have grown older, I find the physical sensation of fear less pleasurable.

The past eight months have felt like a roller coaster ride that will not end. Robert remains in the hospital awaiting a second liver transplant. The transplant from March resulted in a massive infection that destroyed the liver and nearly took Robert's life. After intensive antibiotic therapy, we are again on the transplant list--after 8 months--we are back where we began. There have been a couple of possible donor livers in the past few weeks, none of which were suitable for transplant. Today there is the possibility of a donor liver, but no word thus far if a transplant will be possible.

Donations are still needed and we would be so grateful for any and all assistance. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.

In gratitude,
Peggy

Happy Halloween!
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Update 13
Posted by Peggy Chrisman
32 months ago
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Bad news folks. Robert is ill and back in the hospital. He has an infection and doctors have him on IV antibiotics and are looking for the source of the infection. I'll update as I know more.
In gratitude,
Peggy
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35 months ago
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Pitzer, get better soon our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!

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Noemi Rosario
35 months ago
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Pitzer!!! Get better soon!! I share some of your Pitzer-isms with my 3rd graders. I am the teacher I am because of the teacher you ARE!

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Deborah Dean
33 months ago

Hello Peggy and Robert: How are we? No new news in a while. How is Robert? Thank you, dd

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Noemi Rosario
34 months ago

Happy Birthday, Pitzer!!!

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Christianna Lynn Mallon
35 months ago

I hope what little I could give helps you get your new liver! Your the best band teacher ever, I have great memories in your marching band!

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Sallie Moorman Baldwin
35 months ago

Praying for you. Get well soon.

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Susan McClamrock
35 months ago

Hang in there Pitzer...I just had my liver transplant on January 9th 2016. I also have/had PSC. Do you not have insurance? Can you get any help from Disability/Medicare or Obamacare? Is your transplant nurse working on getting you funded? I'm sorry you are having this problem. I didn't have to put one penny down for my surgery. Please check on all resources. You might have more help then you realize. May God bless you...Susan

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Raised by 146 people in 35 months
Created February 15, 2016
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Sharon Watson
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Happy birthday. We're so happy you're still here to celebrate!

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Sharon Watson
31 months ago

You hang in there, Pitzer. We are all pulling for you.

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Stefan Kovalenko
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Franklin HS c/o 1999 band! Quaker Power!

35 months ago
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Pitzer, get better soon our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!

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Noemi Rosario
35 months ago
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Pitzer!!! Get better soon!! I share some of your Pitzer-isms with my 3rd graders. I am the teacher I am because of the teacher you ARE!

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Deborah Dean
33 months ago

Hello Peggy and Robert: How are we? No new news in a while. How is Robert? Thank you, dd

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Noemi Rosario
34 months ago

Happy Birthday, Pitzer!!!

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Christianna Lynn Mallon
35 months ago

I hope what little I could give helps you get your new liver! Your the best band teacher ever, I have great memories in your marching band!

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Sallie Moorman Baldwin
35 months ago

Praying for you. Get well soon.

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Susan McClamrock
35 months ago

Hang in there Pitzer...I just had my liver transplant on January 9th 2016. I also have/had PSC. Do you not have insurance? Can you get any help from Disability/Medicare or Obamacare? Is your transplant nurse working on getting you funded? I'm sorry you are having this problem. I didn't have to put one penny down for my surgery. Please check on all resources. You might have more help then you realize. May God bless you...Susan

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