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Survivor Story: Rick Mitchem

Posted by Pete Visintin on


Written and Contributed by Regina Foutch

My father, Rick Mitchem, has been diagnosed with advanced renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer).  He is only 52 years old.  There is no cure, and treatment that has very low chance of working for this type of cancer. 

This type of cancer doesn't respond to traditional chemo or radiation.  It is stage 4 and they have given him 18 months.  

The problem we are having is that he is self-employed and since they have to remove his kidney to try and give him more time he can no longer work and their medical bills are already starting to pile up. 


My dad is a self-employed carpet cleaner and a good, God fearing Christian man.  He is a great father to me and grandfather his two granddaughters.  He also has a grandson on the way. 


He has taken care of me since before I was one year old, and that says a lot considering he was a 24 year old young man, and my mother was a drug addict.  He is the type of person that always puts others before himself. 


He is originally from Wood River, IL and currently lives in Moro.  He also lived in Wilsonville for a large portion of my childhood and is still a member of Life Harvest Church located there. 



He is the best person I know and still continues to live life to the fullest even though life has dealt him a difficult hand.  Cancer sucks, especially when there is no cure and very few treatment options.

I am just trying to at least figure something out to try and alleviate some of the financial burden, so he can stress a little less and focus on fighting more! 



Thanks in advance for all the help!


-Regina Foutch 

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