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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.

$15,149

MONEY RAISED
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  • 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

  • Tom and Tonya McNamara

    $50

  • Julie Biviano

    $50

  • Sherry W. Kimball

    $100

  • Sophia LeMaire

    $10

  • Phil and Kathy Koons

    $25

  • Jerry and Louise O'Dell

    $40

  • Stephanie Delano

    $50

  • Chris and Michelle Nightingale

    $50

  • Susan Husted

    $50

  • Linda Fitch Williams

    $50

  • Sylvia and James Berry

    $30

  • Camille Sechrist

    $120

  • Sue and George Hartman

    $25

  • Bonnie Campbell

    $25

  • Barb Friedman

    $25

  • Theresa and Joe Bucci

    $25

  • Martha Henry

    $100

  • Richard and Cheryl Daniels

    $20

  • Art Show Fundraiser

    $5,360

  • Diana Tillotson

     

  • Mike Tamara

    $61

  • Fran Tamara

    $50

  • Mangan Family

     

  • Wendy Putney

    $100

  • Nancy L Marks

    $10

  • Ann Connolly

     

  • Ann and Mike Kuntz

     

  • Kimberly Crow

    $10

  • Jared Kolenberg

    $50

  • Mary Clark

    $25

  • Jennie Rinchack

    $10

  • Jayda Calhoun

    $50

  • Max Root

    $25

  • Amy

    $25

  • Poopface McSugartits

    $25

  • Rachelle

    $25

  • Effingers

    $20

  • Ellen Beckerman

    $25

  • Aimee Musson

    $25

  • Judy Quinter

    $25

  • Dick and Catherine Seely

    $50

  • Woody and Mary Kay Woodworth

    $50

  • Ann McKane

    $10

  • Elaine Dillon

     

  • John & Paul

     

  • Rebekah

    $50

  • Mary & Jim Carr

    $50

  • Sue Wojtyna Matthews

    $25

  • Eric Williams

    $25

  • Erin & Shawn

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Molly

    $50

  • Trisha Ladley

    $50

  • James + Catherine Catalano

    $189

  • Gierthy Family

    $50

  • Mary Skinner

    $25

  • Susan Multer

    $75

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101% Raised of $15,000 Goal

The Team: $306,701 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jamie Sheahan

Amount Raised

$25,210

 

126% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mariana Pantelidis

Amount Raised

$24,052

 

120% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Trisha Ladley

Amount Raised

$15,149

 

101% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carly D'Arpino

Amount Raised

$13,425

Fundraiser Title

Diana Wenrich

Amount Raised

$11,147

 

111% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeremy Levy

Amount Raised

$10,001

 

111% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Henry Thomson-Smith and Peter Smith

Amount Raised

$9,065

 

130% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

PROJECT PURPLE

Amount Raised

$9,029

Donor Comments

Susan Multer

Susan Multer

DONATION: $75

7 months ago

Mary Skinner

Mary Skinner

DONATION: $25

7 months ago

Gierthy Family

Gierthy Family

DONATION: $50

Way to go, Trish! 7 months ago

James + Catherine Catalano

James + Catherine Catalano

DONATION: $189

Louis Tamara 7 months ago

Trisha Ladley

Trisha Ladley

DONATION: $50

Love you, Dad. And thanks to Project Purple for an awesome Marathon Eve lunch and for one heck of an after party! 7 months ago

Molly

Molly

DONATION: $50

For Lou, for Trisha's birthday, and for the awesome folks at Project Purple that we got to meet this marathon weekend! 7 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

7 months ago

Erin & Shawn

Erin & Shawn

Good Luck today Trish! 7 months ago

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

DONATION: $25

7 months ago

Sue Wojtyna Matthews

Sue Wojtyna Matthews

DONATION: $25

In Memory of Patrick 7 months ago