Rene Chazottes Medical Fund

Organized by: Rene Chazottes

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Dear Friends, Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help support Rene Chazottes and his wife Kim, in their time of need since Rene's diagnosis with Stage IV Non-Small Cell lung cancer last spring. We would like to ask for your assistance at this time for Rene's ongoing care, medical and travel expenses as he and Kim focus on healing and moving forward with the best available treatments. Rene's long time friend, Fritz Hoelshcher, has graciously offered a $25,000 matching grant today and we would appreciate any and all donations in support of Rene's care. The Story: Rene experienced tremendous pain in his back and legs beginning last fall before receiving a definitive lung cancer diagnosis in late April 2016 at the City of Hope. Shortly thereafter, Rene underwent surgery on his spine to remove a tumor that was causing significant pain with renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Mike Chen. The procedure was successful, and post-surgery Rene began taking the targeted lung therapy drug Tarceva, under the care of Dr. Sai-Hong Ou, an exceptional Lung Cancer specialist at the Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCI. At a follow up appointment, Dr. Ou recommended Rene have brain MRI, which revealed the presence of multiple brain lesions. On October 25th, Rene underwent Gamma Knife treatment at Hoag with leading brain surgeon Dr. Christopher Duma, to ablate the lesions. Dr. Duma's surgery was successful and Rene retreated to Florida at the end of October to enjoy two months of peace and quiet to recover from his recent treatments and gets some much needed rest. Sadly, another spinal MRI indicated the presence of new tumors on his spine, for which Rene needs radiation treatment immediately to help allay the pain. Our goal now is to raise funds to help bring Rene home from Florida to California so his team of physicians can continue his treatment plan and to help alleviate his pain. In addition to the drug Tarceva and targeted radiation, one of the most effective treatments Rene can now receive is a series of shots called Xgeva. These shots help stop the spread of cancer to the bones, and help prevent serious bone problems like fractures and spinal cord compression in cancer patients. Xgeva shots are extremely expensive, and are estimated to cost $7-14,000 per month. We would greatly appreciate your help in supporting these treatments for Rene so he can continue to get the very best care available to aid the healing process. Rene has been an inspiration to so many - from his impeccable taste in wine and food, to his sharp wit and infectious smile, to his unparalleled sense of humor. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to Rene and to show our appreciation and care for a person who has been a very special member of the Pacific Club community for more than 28 years. Many of us have experienced this type of devastating diagnosis with a loved one or friend, and understand the manifold difficulties in getting through the physical, mental and emotional challenges of cancer. Any help friends can offer is deeply appreciated, and can make a significant difference for a cancer patient like Rene. Rene and his wife Kim are deeply grateful for your friendship and support, and send their heartfelt gratitude for all the prayers and well wishes they continue to receive. Thank you for helping us to help Rene. Alton Burkhalter and Fritz Hoelscher


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