Liver transplant goes ‘perfect’ for Rik Cassidy

Lake Placid News | Antonio Olivero

Rik Cassidy, top left, poses with three of his four sons: from left, Dereck, Wyatt and Seann.(Photo provided by Rik Cassidy)

LAKE PLACID - Rik Cassidy received a liver transplant Friday, Jan. 29 after a nine-day stay at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Speaking on behalf of the Cassidy family Friday evening, Rik's son Seann, 45, said the procedure was a "perfect" success. He received a text from his mother about the completion of the transplant around 2:30 p.m.

"They had to correct some of his adhesions from old surgeries, but he got a new (liver) around noon," said Seann Cassidy, a Lake Placid resident. "It went in great. The liver was perfect; the surgery was perfect."

Rik, a Ray Brook resident who grew up in Lake Placid, is a familiar face and voice in the region. He is the host of "Coffee at the Horse Show," a television program that runs during the Lake Placid Horse Shows in which he and others interview sponsors, owners, trainers and top riders of the event. He served as a Lake Placid village trustee from 1991 to 1997. He has also been an owner of the Waterhole in Saranac Lake, worked for his dad's beer distribution business, worked at a radio station and was the box office manager for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority for 15 years. He also has been a fixture in the area's hockey and baseball communities. Continue reading