Help Rick Sowieta tackle cancer!
By Sowieta Family
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Rick Sowieta Story
In February 2016 Rick and his family’s worlds were turned upside down when he was diagnosed with stage 3 inoperable pancreatic cancer. Since the diagnosis, Rick has endured 10 months of intensive and exhausting chemotherapy, while also turning to various holistic approaches in order to fight this disease from all angles. Unfortunately, even with chemotherapy the average life span is only 6 to 18 months, and a few more months of life on chemo isn’t good enough.
Throughout it all, Rick has remained positive, determined and a fighter! Recently, another alternative was discovered, a procedure called IRE – Irreversible Electroporation – also known as “Nanoknife”. Using 4-6 electrical probes that are inserted into the tumor, the surgeon obliterates the tumor without compromising the major arteries surrounding it. Below are a couple of videos explaining this procedure.
Fortunately, we received news from Dr. Mathias Birth, who’s in Stralsund, Germany, that Rick is an excellent candidate for this operation. And it gets better… Dr. Birth will also perform the Whipple surgery, which would mean safely removing the head of the pancreas and then attacking the remaining parts of the tumor using the Nanoknife, and with it any signs of cancer. These surgeries are proven treatments and add several years while also greatly improving quality of life.
Unfortunately, in Canada no surgeons will perform the Whipple surgery on Rick, and will not use the Nanoknife for pancreatic cancer at all. We need to act quickly while the tumor is stabilized, so we will be heading to Germany at the end of February for this life saving treatment. During this time, he will also continue doing his chemotherapy regime in hopes that the tumor remains stabilized. However, OHIP has previously denied any coverage for this out of country expense. We need your help in getting Rick to Germany. In doing this, we also want to raise awareness that this procedure is available, so that those diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer have hope – and options!
Rick has touched so many lives in Ottawa and all over the world through his coaching, teaching, food and friendship. He needs our love, support and financial help.
You can help by contributing to Rick’s journey to Germany and a healthy life beyond by donating and sharing the page, anything helps. Thank you for your generosity and support. We hope this page will also help raise awareness and bring understanding and progress for pancreatic cancer research.
Raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A5Fbc8MkDQ&sns=em
(message from Mr. John Fraser, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South)
Rick played with the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts