Help Pat Placzek get life-saving cancer treatment

For: Pat Placzek and family
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Organizer: Placzek friends
$182,331
of $400,000 goal.
Raised by 1627 donors
45% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

It is with broken hearts that we share the news that Pat passed away this evening, June 16, 2015.

We ask that you please give Pat's family and friends space to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.

Pat's humour, gentle spirit, love and laughter can never be replaced. He leaves us bereft.

But he also leaves us with the gift of bringing so many people together. He taught us that love, kindness, and caring can be a power greater than ourselves.

Thank you Pat. We love you beyond measure. Always.

Updates regarding the funds raised will be posted in the coming days, after we have had time and space to grieve.  
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Pat Placzek, our friend, brother and son, is battling an aggressive form of leukemia. All prescribed treatment options have been exhausted--but there is one last hope.

Pat's last chance at recovery is an experimental treatment, called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle.

In early trials, CAR T-cell therapy has had a success rate of 90 percent for refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The FDA has designated it a "breakthrough" therapy.

Pat and his family have been told the total cost of taking part in the treatment will be $420,000 USD (~$530,000 CDN).

We want nothing more than to continue to share in Pat's laughter, gentle spirit and creativity for decades to come.

Please help us help Pat and his family through these difficult times. Every little bit counts, and time is of the essence.

Thanks for anything you can do, whether it's a small donation or a large one--or simply sharing this fundraiser with your network.

Your gift means the world. And the world needs more Pat.

NOTE: You can also donate by mailing a cheque made out to "Pat of Hearts" to:

Pat of Hearts
817-168 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 0B2
Canada

SOME BACKGROUND:

Pat, 34, was diagnosed with leukemia mere months after successfully completing treatment for epithelial sarcoma. The illness forced him to suspend his MA in Urban Planning at York University in Toronto.

After five rounds of aggressive chemotherapy within less than a year, Pat received a stem cell transplant from his brother, Dan, in December. The procedure took a heavy toll on his health, as Pat dealt with intense pain and discomfort. Still, Pat's infectious smile never left him.

Unfortunately, the transplant was not successful. Just two months after receiving the transplant, a blood test detected cancer cells yet again.

Pat's best chance at recovery is CAR T-Cell therapy. Let's help make it happen.


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 17, 2015

Posted on June 17, 2015

It is with broken hearts that we share the news that Pat passed away this evening, June 16, 2015.

We ask that you please give Pat's family and friends space to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.

Pat's humour, gentle spirit, love and laughter can never be replaced. He leaves us bereft.

But he also leaves us with the gift of bringing so many people together. He taught us that love, kindness, and caring is a power greater than ourselves.

Thank you Pat. We love you beyond measure. Always.

Posted on May 1, 2015

Posted on May 1, 2015

We wish this could be a different kind of update, but here it is.

Unfortunately, Pat recently had a setback: he was diagnosed with Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD). This means that the T-cells Pat received during his stem-cell transplant are attacking his own body. Pat's doctors are treating him for this, but it is a long process. He needs to overcome the GVHD before he can be accepted into the clinical trial. It's been a hard month, but Pat is as determined as ever to beat this. He's just taking it day by day, still smiling, and focusing on getting better. 

If you are looking for some cool entertainment, why not check out these awesome events that happen to also be supporting Pat's recovery:

The first is a dance performance, featuring Pat's brother Dean, held Friday May 1st and 2nd at Kits House (2305 W. 7th Ave.) with doors opening at 7pm/show 7:30.
Vancouver-based dance collective OURO (http://www.ourocollective.com/) has been hard at work developing their first 20-minute performance over the last half a year. They are inviting you to share in the fruit of their labours and enjoy a night of human connection.
This is a night intended for people to go beyond being just an audience member and connect with the people and the community around them. There will be food, drinks, art on display, as well as many other guest performances.

Admission is by donation with a portion of the proceeds going to Pat's treatment. For more information go to:

The second event is Stop Podcasting Yourself Live at the Rio Theatre on May 9th with doors opening at 7pm/show at 8:00.
Hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, a live podcast is a rare treat that's not to be missed (especially when it's at the Rio Theatre!). The show will feature guests including author and comedian Charlie Demers (CBC's 'The Debaters') and comedian Alicia Tobin (Come Draw With Me). The Sunday Service will be performing as the opening act for this event. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going towards Pat's treatment.
For more informations go: to https://www.facebook.com/events/1575419139373672/permalink/1584662208449365/

If you can't make it out to one of these amazing events, please continue to spread the word about fundraising efforts for Pat. 

Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support. Pat and his family greatly appreciate it.

Posted on April 13, 2015

Posted on April 13, 2015

What a weekend! Our sold-out Kegs for Kancer '80s aerobics dance party fundraiser was a smashing success. The looks may have been decades old, but in 2015 dollars, the total raised was more than $12,000!

See what some headbands and legwarmers can accomplish?

If you didn't get your chance to win on the silent auction, the online auction is still going strong. Don't miss out on some amazing deals on jewellery, sports memoribilia, tech gadgets, and more! 

Check it all out and bid at: http://www.32auctions.com/KegsforKancer

Don't forget to also sign up to our Facebook pageto get more updates and stay in the loop.

Thank you all again so much for all your support. Pat is getting stronger every day. Together, we will get him to Seattle!

"Each one of us can try to do our best to be a better person, but in the end we can't do it alone." -- Pat Placzek


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