Rick’s Story

Site created on July 3, 2018

On January 17 I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Neuro Endocrine Tumor cancer (PNET). My life turned upside down. Since then it has been a roller-coaster ride for me, my wife and all of my family. We started with one medical oncologist for care, then eventually found a highly regarded specialist in my unique and rare cancer, and we feel that we are now getting the best, most qualified care possible. In short, my cancer started in my pancreas, then spread to my liver, and lymph nodes and is wide spread and aggressive in those areas.

This site is intended to keep my friends and family informed of changes in my condition. Thank you to everyone for for all of the love and support on this wild ride...

Love to all,

Newest Update

Journal entry by Kristi Boden

Friends and family,

It is with heavy hearts that we announce (for those who have not heard already) the passing of our dear and cherished friend, father, son, brother, husband and mentor – Rick Boden – at roughly 7:45pm on Friday, July 27th. This message is coming from Quinn, Tyler and Kristi, who have been here for the past week caring for him, and we thank everyone for their heartfelt shows of support and care. We could have not done this without you, and we know that Rick’s passing could not have been more peaceful and perfect.

Once he decided to move forward with in-home hospice care, the progress of his transition went surprisingly quickly. The nurses were incredibly informative, caring, and supportive; and they helped us day and night making sure he was as comfortable as possible. The experience was difficult at times, but we were ultimately able to create an environment for him that we knew he would enjoy. We played his favorite music from his life – Yo Yo Ma, The Eagles, Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men, The Offspring, Green Day, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, and of course, Bob Marley. We showed him the stability and care that he had shown for us throughout his life.

The final hours of Rick’s life were filled with visits from family and friends who came to say their goodbyes, but we knew he would not let go of his life until the most important thing in his life was here with him - his kids. Parker had just finished his final exam at paramedic school (and passed!) and flew out immediately to see him. Sam and Allie were able to get a ride from a dear family friend and arrived at almost the same time as Parker. Once Rick knew that all of his kids were here, he passed shortly thereafter. His passing was peaceful, joyous, comfortable, and beautiful. While we miss him so much already and are all deeply saddened to have lost him, we are also relieved that his pain has ended, and he is in a better place. He remains in the hearts and souls of all of us, and his legacy will live on through the impact he had on every person he touched.

In true Rick fashion, we will be hosting a Celebration of Life party in his honor at the old Boden House on Equestrian Drive on August 11th. Invites to follow. In his exact words, “feel free to wear a Hawaiian shirt.” J We look forward to seeing you there.

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