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RE: Our Friend Rick

by thenextstep - March 23, 2012

I came to this sight looking for answers and inspiration.  I received that and much more from reading Ricks messages.  I am sorry to hear of his passing.  May he rest in peace...

On Oct 11, 2011 12:57 AM The_Wife wrote:

My youngest, age 14, is walking in Philadelphia in November in memory of her dad who died of PC four years ago. She wants to raise $2000 but I secretly think she'll get much more than that. No one can resist her and her cause is so personal to her.

This year, for the first time, she noticed all the pink stuff for breast cancer. I explained that ordinary people made breast cancer a cause to support and really changed treatment options and outcomes. It's up to all of us to put a face on pancreatic cancer so it can get more research money to change treatment options and improve outcomes. Hard to resist a 14 year old who lost her daddy.

I am sorry to hear about your husband. I can't imagine what you and your daughter have gone though. For any child to lose a parent at such a young age is devastating. She has drive and ambition. I wish you and your daughter the best. Sounds like she will exceed her goal.

On Oct 09, 2011 8:15 PM Capt.Stoney wrote:

Rode in the Pedal Palacios bikeathon yesterday. After riding 21 miles last Monday, Ace hardware sponsored me in the ride that was for MS. Rode the 12.5 mile route on Thursday and then the ride on Saturday. Averaged 8.3 MPH with my cheap fat tire bike. What a rush, my energy level seems to be increasing. If the rain doesn't stop me I'm gonna try for 50 miles this week. Maybe the next week I'm do my age, 69.

Gonna try to organize a Bikeathon for PC.


Stoney, Keep on riding. I bought a nice Trek mountain bike a few months back. I would love to ride to raise money for any cause. You seem to be in good shape for your age.

On Oct 09, 2011 9:22 AM lorir1104 wrote:

Awesome!!  I will be walking today as well, in Purplestride Detroit in honor of my dad, who passed away 10/18/10 from this disease.  I will keep fighting for him and all the others who have passed or are fighting it.

Glad to hear, I hope you day was a good as mine. The whether was awesome for this time of year and the turnout was even better. Keep up the good work.

I will be walking to raise awareness and support my father and all of those who have this disease.  My father and I will be walking together side by side in unity.  We have hope which gives us strength.   Keep pressing on...


On Nov 22, 2009 8:43 PM MaBoo wrote:

Thank you for responding.  I did have two opinions prior to scheduling my surgery.  First at NY Presbyterian/Columbia Hosptial and the second at Sloan Kettering where the surgery will take place.   Both surgeons recommended this surgery so I have to accept that it's the best treatment option for me right now.  Again, they are saying it's not cancer but I am concerned that once they remove the cyst and have it tested it may be. I read that you have recently lost your Dad and I offer my condolescences to you and your family. I am a believer and I know that he has found his peace.   I also am impressed that you continue to remain on this site and to assist others. Thank You!


Hello, My father was diagnosed with pancan in Jan 2011 and had Whipple procedure Feb 2011 at Columbia University NYC. He recovered rather quickly and just finished 6 months of chemo. The surgeons are highly recommended and qualified. Dr Alendorf did the surgery on my father with little to no complications. My Dad was released after 5 days and was golfing 3 months after surgery. He golfed 3 days a week (no golf cart) all through chemo. He is an inspiration. The nurses and staff were generous, caring, and informative. Good luck with your surgery, I hope this information helped.

RE: Hello all

by thenextstep - May 30, 2011

On May 26, 2011 1:58 PM squand wrote:

Just wonder where everyone is, seems alfull slow. I have been on about a year and never seen it this slow.Does "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://slow.Does " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">slow.Does that mean  we have less pc in the world.Love "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://world.Love " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">world.Love to see that.

Take care friends


My 67 year old father was diagnosed with PC in Jan 2011.  Whipple in Feb 2011 and started chemotherapy (GTX or Gemcidabine, Taxatole, and Xeloda) in April 2011.
So far, he is doing well given the circumstances.  He won't let this disease stop him.  He has always been active and since we live in the northeast he has started golfing last month.  He walks the course and feels little side effects from the treatment thus far.  Sept 2011 he will complete his chemotherapy and will be monitored every 3 months.   
We will be celebrating his birthday next week  It's crazy to think that this disease has caused us to become closer but I think it has.  I feed off of his strength.  He is my inspiration, my hero...my father. 
For everyone fighting this disease...thank you for sharing your stories, especially Rick.  I have been reading them for the past 5 months.   
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