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Trisha Ladley's Fundraiser:

Project Purple NYC 2017

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Trisha Ladley

THE STORY:

When we found out Dad had a mass on his pancreas and large volume peritoneal fluid in his abdomen in late December 2016 - early January 2017, I admittedly didn't know much about pancreatic cancer. I immediately delved into the research and, following a brief stint of disbelief, I quickly concluded, "We don't have much time left with him." Third leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. 9% survival rate. No early detection tests available. Simply unacceptable.

I wanted to fight for Dad's life, with him and with the rest of our family. I realized it would be an incredibly difficult journey for him to endure harsh chemotherapy treatment which, at best, maybe, possibly would keep the disease from further spreading for a minimal amount of time, while still maintaining an even somewhat acceptable quality of life.


And did Dad ever fight hard. He continued doing small jobs around the house and even got approximately 700 seeds planted for his “best garden yet.” He minimized his pain for everyone else’s solace. Sure, sometimes he’d get discouraged and say he couldn’t take it anymore. But the next day, he’d be back on his feet to continue the battle. On April 14th during a conversation with him, I broke down and said, “I just hate to see you suffering like this, Dad.” He weakly chuckled and said, “It’s really not that bad, Trish. It just feels like ya have to take a good shit.” And then I imagined the feeling of the pressure of the constant fluid build-up, of which he had 6 liters drained on a weekly basis since January.  I equated it to having to “take a good shit” or being in labor, complete with tummy pains, cramps, and the urgency to release, all the time, day in and day out, without ever having relief. Even on May 4th, the night before he died, Dad said, “Aw, we’re gonna kick this,” all in attempt to alleviate his loved one’s worry and sorrow for him.


Dad went into the hospital due to his blood pressure being dangerously low on May 5th around 11am.  I arrived by 12:30pm to be by his side.  Around 6:15pm, I left the hospital room to wander the halls of Floor 3 and wound up taking a seat in a waiting area to sign up for Project Purple NYC Marathon 2017.  Simultaneously, Jon called me back to the room just before 6:30 when Dad took his last breath.  


Now that you’re gone, Dad, I’m still going to fight. Now I’m fighting in your name for those still living with pancreatic cancer and those who have yet to be diagnosed.  You passionately threw yourself into so many projects throughout your life, Dad: your paintings, your garden, the countless children you taught, among many others. And now I’m throwing my heart and soul into this cause in your name, Louis Tamara.

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To This Fundraiser

$7,424

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jenny and Jim Horigan

    $100

  • Greg and Sharon Jones

     

  • Annie & Chase Rackley

    $50

  • Elaine, Joe, Katie and Tim Banach

    $200

  • John & Sarah Holt

    $50

  • Ali and Nate Piekielek

    $50

  • Eileen Blampied

    $100

  • Cheryl Allen Daniels

    $25

  • Jeff & Terry Maron

    $100

  • Nanette Sullivan

    $25

  • Megan Hosey Mastalerz

    $50

  • The Mangan Family

     

  • Skip and Patrice Hendrix

    $100

  • Sharon Bottone

    $50

  • Betty Carey

    $25

  • Paul Sweeney

    $50

  • Zack and Caroline

    $100

  • Judy Quinter

    $50

  • Howie & Sharon Reed

    $50

  • Debby and Gene Ebbrecht

    $50

  • Barbara Davenport

    $50

  • The Crandalls

    $50

  • Patricia & Peter Ladley

    $250

  • The Manuels

    $50

  • Dick and Catherine Seely

    $100

  • Joe and Sue Kozak

    $25

  • Steve and Bonnie Campbell

    $50

  • Camille Sechrist

    $50

  • Mary Alice and Fritz Clark

    $25

  • Bill and Nancy Marks

    $50

  • Michael and Connie McNamara

    $50

  • Judy Ramsay

    $25

  • Jerrie and Louise O'Dell

    $25

  • Joseph Crotty

    $50

  • Nancy and Gene Barcomb

    $25

  • Kelly & Jamie Marsicano

    $25

  • Ron and Mary Tucker

    $25

  • Mike Tamara

    $250

  • Keely Fitzpatrick

    $25

  • Doreen, Bryant and Norma Jean

    $50

  • Mary and Jim Carr

    $50

  • Judy and Richard Lown

    $25

  • Sharon Mashanic

    $40

  • Patricia and Daniel Marsh

    $25

  • Carol McKenzie

    $20

  • Gary Guinther

    $25

  • Rose Marie and Ed Ladley

    $50

  • Crescentia and Bruce Brynolfson

    $20

  • Linda and Douglas Anderson

    $500

  • David Lynady

    $20

  • MaryAnn Barker

    $20

  • John Brady

    $50

  • Lorraine and Jack Williams

    $50

  • Chuck and Mary Jane Paternoster

    $20

  • Cary and Karen Rowe

    $25

  • Jayda Calhoun

     

  • Shirley Wingert

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Greg and Giovina Chinchar

    $50

  • Mike Tamara

    $86

  • Matt Huffner

    $50

  • Fran Tamara

    $500

  • Liz Weiermiller

     

  • Meghan Tripiciano

    $25

  • Barb Vandine

    $25

  • Judy Greven

    $25

  • Ann and Daryl Freeman

    $100

  • Carol Shilling and Bill Higgins

    $25

  • Mark and Patti Palmer

    $25

  • David and Debbie Lester

    $10

  • Mary Caroscio

    $35

  • Kimberly Hughes

    $100

  • David & Mary Ramos

    $250

  • Jim and Carol Brady

    $25

  • Sharon Kmetz

    $25

  • Chris Aug

    $100

  • Nick & Linda

     

  • Susan Moskey Giaccotto

    $25

  • Fran Tamara

    $504

  • Sue Hartman

    $25

  • Frederick Bowen

     

  • Mike Tamara

    $50

  • Brendan & Virginia Curtin

    $75

  • Eileen Blampied

    $25

  • Ann Houper

    $25

  • Kathy Graham

    $50

  • Ann and Mike Kuntz

    $50

  • Maureen maloney

     

  • Elaine Dillon

     

  • Kim and Marty

    $65

  • Anonymous

    $19.72

  • Adam Ruth

    $25

  • Molly McEwan

    $100

  • Pam & Bill Cavaluzzi

    $25

  • Andrea Tagtow

    $25

  • Molly

    $10

  • Your new neighbors

     

  • Kim

    $50

  • Cheryl Drew

    $25

  • NYC Registration

    $295

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74% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $174,034 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Mariana Pantelidis

Amount Raised

$20,132

 

101% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jamie Sheahan

Amount Raised

$14,690

 

73% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Diana Wenrich

Amount Raised

$10,374

 

104% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carly D'Arpino

Amount Raised

$9,275

Fundraiser Title

Trisha Ladley

Amount Raised

$7,424

 

74% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amy Powell

Amount Raised

$6,866

 

172% Raised of $4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dave Sirkin

Amount Raised

$5,248

 

150% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Kalisch

Amount Raised

$5,225

 

52% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

NYC Registration

NYC Registration

DONATION: $295

4 hours ago

Cheryl Drew

Cheryl Drew

DONATION: $25

In memory of Lou Tamara 23 hours ago

Kim

Kim

DONATION: $50

Love you all 3 days ago

Your new neighbors

Your new neighbors

Though I don't think I ever met your father, I've heard and read wonderful things about him. He challenged young people, made beautiful art, and had a love-filled family; that's my idea of life well lived. Run hard, Trisha. 5 days ago

Molly

Molly

DONATION: $10

$7,000!!! Amazing work, Trishie! 4 weeks ago

Andrea Tagtow

Andrea Tagtow

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago

Pam & Bill Cavaluzzi

Pam & Bill Cavaluzzi

DONATION: $25

In memory of Lou Tamara. Good luck Trish! �� 4 weeks ago

Molly McEwan

Molly McEwan

DONATION: $100

For Trish's incredible fundraising effort, in loving memory of Uncle Lou. 4 weeks ago

Adam Ruth

Adam Ruth

DONATION: $25

You WILL conquer all 26.2 miles and your father will be there every step of the way. Best of luck, Trish. You're a warrior! 4 weeks ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $19.72

4 weeks ago