February 5, 2016–Washington State Patrol Trooper Renee Padgett received a welcome visit from her Command Staff. Trooper Padgett is currently admitted to the University of Washington Medical Center undergoing cancer treatment.
In May of 2012, Padgett was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in your bone marrow. Padgett is currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants.
The visitors from Headquarters included Chief John Batiste, Assistant Chief Jason Berry, Lieutenant, Deborah Wilson, and Sergeant J.D. Strup. The Command Staff spent about 90 minutes speaking with Padgett and her medical team. During the entire visit, Padgett showcased her big smile and her sunny personality.
To show support for Trooper Renee Padgett, WSP District 6 is sponsoring a blood donation/bone marrow registry drive on Friday February 19, 2016 at the Washington State Department of Transportation conference room located at 2830 Euclid Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801. The WSP is challenging local law enforcement agencies to participate as well.
The drive is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also make an online appointment or just show up.
A simple mouth swab is all it takes to join the registry. If you have questions about the bone marrow registry, please visit www.bethematch.org.
A donation jar will also be set up assist with Renee’s medical expenses. Already, a go fund me website has been established to raise money for her medical costs. In addition, the public can donate to Trooper Renee Padgett at any Washington State Employees Credit Union branch. Donations should reference # 6318762.