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ROSE PRAIRIE, B.C. — Rhythm Auctions is hosting a live auction on Saturday evening for a local man diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
Jake Peters was recently diagnosed and has tried getting treatment locally without much luck, according to his mother-in-law, Cindy Dettling.
“The doctors are telling him that he’s not gonna have the results that he wants and pretty much that he’s sort of stuck,” Dettling explained.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal stenosis happens when the space inside the backbone is too small, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Treatments mostly involve pain management, although surgery is an option.
After looking at a few hospital options, they decided to go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for Peters’ spinal surgery.
“The one in Puerto Vallarta is the one that got back to them almost immediately with information and asking them to provide them with MRIs,” Dettling said.
Peters’ mother-in-law said he has a tentative surgery date only a month away, so they’re trying to rush the auction.
“He could have a later date, but the problem was that [his condition is] deteriorating so fast, he could have to have another series of MRIs every month or so, and trying to get those done here is a challenge, as we know,” Dettling added.
Dettling explained her son-in-law will be in the hospital for about two weeks after the surgery to ensure there is no rejection or infection before he flies home.
“The donations toward the auction are mind-boggling, the amount of generosity there is in the community, it’s typical of Fort St. John and area, everybody steps up,” Dettling said.
Some of the items available for auction include split firewood, gift baskets, gift certificates, saddles, wooden wall art and power tools.
The auction will be held on March 18th at the Rose Prairie Hall at 7077 260 Road starting at 5 p.m., and the concession will be open.
All proceeds will go towards medical and travel expenses for Peters’ surgery.
To donate items, contact Dettling at 250-262-9965 or Alana Copeland at 250-261-3423.
Cash donations can be sent to [email protected]
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