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Community reaches out to CHP officer battling cancer

Gold Run Squad will host fundraiser Saturday
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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The support of his co-workers, friends and the community has made dealing with a serious illness easier for Todd Kettwig, a California Highway Patrol officer. Kettwig, public information officer for the Gold Run CHP office, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four months ago. He is now in his seventh round of chemotherapy. “At the moment my body is responding to the treatment, and as a result the cancer’s growth has slowed and been reduced,” Kettwig said. At some point, he said, his body will no longer accept the chemotherapy and he is scheduled to undergo one of two alternate treatments. “The first (at the University of California, San Francisco) is a special medication that targets the specific cancer in a hope that it will either kill it off or continue to reduce its growth and/or spread. The other program out of Portland (Oregon) … targets the entire body to prevent future cancer and hopefully reduce the current cancer that I have, prevent future growth or spread,” he said. Kettwig, 44, and his wife, Karie, and their daughters, Mackenzie, 9, and Megan, 7, live in the Weimar area. He said they continue to go forward realizing that pancreatic cancer is something they have to live with because there is no known cure. “Surgery is really not an option for his type of cancer due to the fact that it can lead to infection as a result of my reduced immune system,” Kettwig said. He is grateful for the support of family and friends, the department, and the community at large. “We appreciate both the prayers as well as the financial support we have received for our family to help offset the cost of the treatment process,” he said. Among the many CHP co-workers who are reaching out to help is Sgt. Curtis Fouyer of the Gold Run office, who accompanies Kettwig to his three-to-five weekly appointments. “He continues to take me to my appointments and assists with my family needs,” Kettwig said. Gold Run Commander John Arrabit oversees it all, including a crab-feed fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 25 in Auburn. The Gold Run Squad also held an earlier fundraiser at the Claim Jumper restaurant in Roseville that raised approximately $25,000 for the Kettwig family, according to CHP Office Services Supervisor Amber Jewell. “She has handled all of the response inquires to special events,” Ketwigg said. Jewell said the crab feed, which will be held Saturday at the Gold County Fairgrounds, is almost sold out, but a list is being compiled in case any tickets, which are $40 each, become available. Doors open in the Sierra Building at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The dinner menu will include shrimp cocktails, salad with crab and shrimp, clam chowder, and the main course, the crab. A silent auction and raffle for prizes such as trips to Costa Rica and Cabo, Mexico, as well as signed sports memorabilia and restaurant certificates, will also be available.