My recent decision….

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Aug 8, 2014 9 Comments ›› DaveAiazzi

I guess I should have been better prepared for the announcement about my health. I am overwhelmed by the kind words, support and encouragement I have received in just the first few hours since the announcement.

I want to assure everyone about my diagnosis. After a normal checkup I was told that my white blood cell count was high, way high. After more testing, with more specific test to go, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia on July 16th. The doctors told us that while they run though another battery of tests, I should go about reducing the stress in my life. I had been feeling fine, it came as the result of a normal checkup. I still feel fine. I will remain active in Reno, giving comments on all things political, supporting the Arts, speaking my mind and generally paying attention.

So on Saturday the 18th, after discussing it with our children, DeLores and I decided that I should leave the school board at the end of the year, after the election. Then on the 22nd all this hell broke out at the School District. I don’t have to tell you that one of the hardest things I have had to do in my public life was to remain quiet about the events of that day due to a lawsuit.

I told my fellow Trustees earlier this week about my decision. At that time I was still going to wait until after the election. When I heard the news that President Clark had cancelled the meeting where we going to discuss everything in public, it hastened my decision. My stress had been building not from the event on the 22nd but from my inability to speak directly to you about it. When that option was taken away I made decision public.

So let me leave this post with this. I have a very good prognosis, nothing imminent is happening to me. The events of July 22nd will come out eventually. the School District is much, much bigger than one individual and it will continue to be the shining star in education both in the State of Nevada and our country.

In researching this disease there numerous articles linking it to Agent Orange and DDT. Being too young to go to Vietnam (barely), I know I wasn’t exposed to Agent Orange. I WAS, however, a paperboy for the Nevada State Journal and the Reno Evening Gazette. They were separate then and I delivered the Journal in the wee hours of the morning. How many of you long time residents remember the mosquito abatement program by the City of Sparks back then? It looked like this, except at about 4:00a.m.

I used to ride my bike through that fog every morning. Just a little tidbit.

Thank you again, for all of your concern,



  1. Betty Hancock says:

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, knowing you will overcome this! Thanks for all you do for our community. Can’t wait to see you downtown and give you a big hug. Betty

  2. Ellen says:

    Wishing you all the best, Dave…

  3. Marlene says:

    I am so happy you have deided to share, and my best to you in your health quest and may it be a good road ahead. Do I rmember those trucks???? In Chicago, we used to run behind the truck and in and out of the fog until it dissipated. Stinking to high heaven and choking all the way home. Whatever!

  4. Larry Moore says:

    Good for you Dave. I’m sorry to hear about one of the good ones stepping down but I’m glad to hear you can take a little time for yourself. You’ve done so much for the community and we do appreciate it. i’m sure it must seem like a thankless job but keep up the good work.

  5. Diane Nicolet says:

    Hello Dave – as you can imagine I have read, watched, listened and cared-about the recent WCSD events. All of this seems secondary to taking care of personal
    health and family. You & your family are in my prayers and well wishes. Near as I can tell, you are blessed with a wonderful wife and supportive family. Be well Dave and thank you for 18 strong, successful and honorable years of public service. God Bless!

  6. Tammy Callahan says:

    Dear Dave,
    i am saddened by your diagnosis but have complete faith in your ability to make a plan and observe what is necessary to take care of your own business! There is no doubt in my mind that you are not easily stymied, but this one is complex and compounded by political infiltration. Take care of you, the rest will take take care of itself. I know how difficult it us when one wants to pull the covers on concerns and the parties that are involved choose to spend a lot of effort, resources and energy trying to keep things covered up. It’s taken me three years, but I always knew that the truth would come out. I respect you! The Board needed to rid themselves of their Chief counsel. He is the common denominator that reeks of ego and inferior skills that NEVER will contribute minimizing WCSD liabilities.

  7. Kasey says:

    Dave, my heart goes out to you during such a difficult time. I can’t imagine going through the health issues you are facing plus dealing with not being able to set the record straight. We love you and Reno loves you! Take time to focus on you, your health and your family for a bit. The rest will work itself out, it always does. Big hugs to you and DeLores 🙂
    Kasey Christensen

  8. Scott Miller says:

    It must be very upsetting having to step down from being a career politician. Who’s going to pay all those allowances the taxpayer normally takes care of for you? I’m truly sorry about your recent diagnosis. Perhaps when all this Pedro mess blows over your diagnosis will suddenly get better and you can announce to the public that you will remain on the board and stay a career politician. Be that as it may, there is always a chance of a recall. Keep your head up and get better soon!

  9. Heather Hardy says:

    Dear Dave,
    I tried to write you right after your health announcement, but the site was hung up, probably from overload. I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. My husband was diagnosed about the same time with CLL/SLL, so I know what you and your wife are going through.
    All best wishes,
    Heather Hardy

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