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I am the father of Lenny Retske, lenr8. This is to inform you that he passed away earlier this evening, surrounded by family. In the end, he fought valiently, but pneumonia and other complications were just too much for him to overcome.

I want you to know that I have been following this board, and appreciate all the support and love you have given him. I know that it meant a lot.

I also want you to know that I am well aware of the second class treatment that lung cancer has been given, and I am going to take some positive action to change this. I hope you will join me in this effort, which I will be announcing shortly.

In the meantime, please say a prayer for his wife and two children.

Gene Retske


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I am so sorry to read of Lenny's passing. Thank you so much for letting us know. I loved his picture of his two little boys.

May you find the strength to get through the coming days ahead without him. I am so sorry for your loss.


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Seeing Lenny's picture with his son stabs me in the heart, and the tears are blinding me while I type. Lenny was so positive and strong. He gave many of us a great deal of support on this board despite what he himself was going through. H e served as an inspiration to me, nothing seemed to stop him from living his life to the fullest until the very end. He motivated me to get off my duff and do the same!!! It is simply tragic. He would be proud and honored to know that you are not letting his death be in vain, by doing something for the cause.


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Very very sorry to hear of the passing of Lenny. My condolence to you and your family. Peace, take care and God Bless.



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Guest Karen C

Dear Mr. Retske:

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. He looks like a wonderful person and a kind and loving father and husband. You must be very proud to be have raised such a good person.

I have an aunt and uncle who have lost two of their dear children as fairly young adults - one at 38 to breast cancer and one at 43 to depression (via suicide). So, from a somewhat close experience, I see what a painful thing it is. But they take comfort in remembering them both as the kind and loving people they were, and in loving the grandchildren left behind.

You take care, and know that my prayers are with your family. You sound like a wonderful Dad.

God Bless,

Karen C.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, Lori and the boys. This is just so sad and unfair. May God comfort you and the family and help you to get through this difficult time. Lenny will be missed by many.

god bless

Bobmc- NSCLC- stageIIB- left pneumonectomy- 5/2/01

"absolutely insist on enjoying life today!"

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The loss of your son hits home with me. Not because I have lung cancer, but because I have a daughter who is 31 and a son who is 29. Lung cancer is the most unbiased cancer. It crosses all socio-economic boundaries. It does not care about age, gender, smoker, non-smoker, or never smoker. It does not care about occupation, or the number of children or grand children you have. It strikes when one least expects it and it strikes those we least expect to have it strike.

In the past week, two younger then I have now died of this disease. Why has God spared me and taken those who are younger?

Your son has not died in vain. So many of us are fighting to bring more recognition to lung cancer through awareness and better research funding. It is my goal, before this disease takes me, to destigmatize lung cancer and lable it for what it is - an ugly disease that kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer combined. As you well know, lung cancer is not reserved for those of us who are over 50.

My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family.

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