Steve Rennick was born and raised right here in Vero Beach and is blessed to still be here raising his three children Gigi (11), Colton & Caitlyn (both 8) with his beautiful wife, Renee.
Steve is well known around town as one of the top producing real estate agents in the county, and his past clients have nothing but wonderful things to say about him as not just a realtor, but a genuinely amazing man. He has been in real estate for 22 years and has been a licensed agent since the age of 18 while attending college. He has worked at his family’s boutique real estate firm located on Royal Palm Pointe since 2003 and has established an impressive reputation here in Indian River County. He was elected by his peers as the President of the local Realtors Association in 2015 and has served in other positions on that board in the past. Over the past few years, Steve has built a team to support him and help him continue to grow and succeed in real estate. This team proved to be invaluable during his recent unexpected diagnosis and battle with cancer.
In August of 2018, Steve went to a walk-in clinic with what he was afraid was heart related symptoms. After being assured that the issue was only stress related, Steve went home to relax with his family. The next day, he was still feeling chest discomfort and decided to head to the hospital and have it further investigated. It was there that he was diagnosed with stage 4 choriocarcinoma germ cell cancer, a very rare cancer with a frightening prognosis of less than a 15% survival rate and typically 6-12 months to live.
With the guidance from a world renowned oncologist in Indianapolis, Steve began receiving platinum-based chemotherapy almost immediately right here in Vero Beach. He was admitted to the hospital four times for treatment over 4 months and was blown away by the outpouring of support from this incredible community during that time. The #SteveStrong campaign was spreading like wildfire and certainly helped keep Steve’s spirits high during this difficult fight to survive.
After completing his treatment, he was given great news in Indianapolis on December 3rd, when the specialist there told him his tumor markers and bloodwork showed that the treatment worked! He wouldn’t be declared officially in remission for one year, but the doctor couldn’t believe how well he had responded to treatment. Unfortunately, the celebration was short lived, as his bloodwork began to show signs of cancer’s return just a few weeks later. This time around, the prognosis was even more frightening than before, with only a 1% chance of beating the odds.
With his wife by his side, he flew to Indianapolis in January 2019 to check into IU hospital and begin an intense 7 week treatment which included 2 stem cell transplants, 14 blood transfusions, and incredibly high doses of chemotherapy to hopefully rid his body of this horrible disease once and for all. He was away from his children, his home, and his job during this time, but his positive attitude, sense of humor, bright spirit and loving wife were with him all along. Steve came home in March 2019 and jumped right back in to his very full and busy life, while his body continued to rebound from the drugs and treatment he had received while he was away.
The most significant side effect was that Steve lost nearly 80% of his hearing following the high dose chemo that helped save his life. But modern medicine continues to impress, and Steve can hear once again! He recently underwent a surgical cochlear implant operation in hopes that his hearing will be back to mostly normal soon.
Steve continues to travel to Indianapolis for updates every 2 months for testing, and every visit reaffirms that he is a living and breathing miracle. He beat the odds and is a testament that a positive attitude, prayer, love and support from family and community, and the best medical care from the leaders in the field can make the nearly impossible a reality!
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