Facebook post: Nanticoke mayor’s cancer returns

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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NANTICOKE — Despite a positive prognosis not long ago, Nanticoke Mayor Rich Wiaterowski’s leukemia has come back.

The unfortunate news comes from the Facebook page for the mayor’s supporters, Team Wiaterowski.

“This is one post I didn’t expect to make and wish I didn’t have to. Please keep Richie and his family in your prayers,” the post from Friday evening reads. “Unfortunately, his leukemia has returned and he will be returning to Fox Chase (Cancer Center) on Monday.”

The mayor has been battling acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, since last November. Efforts to reach him for comment were not immediately successful.

Wiaterowski received a bone marrow transplant earlier this year from a donor in Germany. At a benefit for the mayor held in April, Wiaterowski said things were progressing positively.

At the time, Wiaterowski said things would be going really well if he could make it to day 100 after his marrow transplant without issue. Day 100 was May 13.

On day 105, May 18, Wiaterowski posted on Facebook, saying he got a call from his doctor, saying that results came back showing he is 100 percent “cancer free.”

While Friday’s post does not detail exactly what led to the discovery of the cancer returning, it did say Wiaterowski’s battle wasn’t done yet.

“We all know how hard he has fought and he will continue fight!! You got this Richie! Know that we are all here for you!!!”

In the comments on the post, dozens of people said they were sending prayers Wiaterowski’s way.


By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan