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Alex Costa's Fundraiser:

Ride & Run for Mesothelioma

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THANK YOU
October 10, 2016

Wow - I posted this fundraiser on Friday, October 7. It is Monday, Oct. 10 and we already hit our goal of raising $1,000 toward finding a cure  See more
Alex Costa

THE STORY:

In December of 2015, my mom sat me down and told me that dad, Joe, may have lung cancer. He never smoked, ever. He exercised everyday. I was shocked and confused and sure it was a mistake. A few days later, on Christmas Eve, we found out that it was no mistake. My dad had Mesothelioma, a terminal, aggressive disease that has no cure.

In January, just a few weeks after that, we found out that he had Stage 4 Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Chemo started that same week. He was doing great. He and I took a trip to Florida in March and went to the beach, kayaked, biked, and chatted. In late August, the tumors in his abdomen started putting so much pressure on his intestines that he stopped being able to digest food. On September 7, he died. My kind, generous, funny, smart, loving, animated dad was gone. 

During summer vacations when he was 15-20 years old, my dad worked in a pipe fitting factory to help his family make ends meet. The company who owned the factory lowered him and his young coworkers into vats to scrape asbestos off the walls, with no protection other than thin paper face masks. The company knew the risks, but Joe and the other workers did not, and they were very cheap to employ.

In the many years following, my dad did a ton! Pharmacy school, a black belt in Karate, becoming a pretty good surfer living in Florida, and meeting and marrying my mom. He loved being a Toxicologist, and he continued working until September, 2016.

My dad was 40 when I was born, and my mom was 39. Being "older" parents inspired them rather than slowed them down. Up until last Fall, my dad would go for daily 1.5 hour mountain bike rides while my mom hiked with their beloved German Shepherd, Lena. Bike rides were replaced with cross country skiing in the Winter. They are incredible, healthy, vital role models. 

This cancer is not a mystery. There's no room for pondering "why this happened". My dad died because he was poisoned. Right from diagnosis, we knew it was terminal - no chance for remission, nonetheless a cure - and that is just unacceptable. 

After helplessly watching my dad fall victim to this disease, I feel it is my responsibility to become active in spreading awareness and finding a cure.

Please join us at Phileo Method in Phoenixville, PA on Sunday October 23 from 12-3pm.

$5,175

MONEY RAISED
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  • Trent

     

  • Anna Peters

     

  • Meredith Podob

     

  • Eva Bleich

     

  • Brian

     

  • Nettie Aljian

     

  • Holly Peters

     

  • Alex Costa

     

  • Katie Butcavage and Leigh Hummel

     

  • Alix Godbout

     

  • Kylie Buck

     

  • Mark Abramson

     

  • Karl + Juliet Stabler

     

  • BaoChau + Van

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Steve Snyder

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Gibbs Henderson

     

  • Heather Barbera

     

  • The Jessica Drew Sunshine Memorial Fund

     

  • Cath Adams

     

  • Kelley and John

     

  • Angie Roppo

     

  • Nick and Ciera

     

  • Amy Rhodin

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Melissa Printz

     

  • kevin dugan

     

  • Jerry Buerman

     

  • Mike & Jean Peters

     

  • Joan

     

  • Rubia

     

  • Phileo Method

     

  • Laura Birminghan

     

  • Caila

     

  • Lauren Scudder

     

  • Lucy Hochman

     

  • Christine Fahey

     

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518% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $5,175 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Alex Costa

Amount Raised

$5,075

 

508% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Catherine Stier

Amount Raised

$100

Fundraiser Title

Lou-Ann Dorais

Amount Raised

$0

Fundraiser Title

Mary Heather Earley

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Christine Fahey

Christine Fahey

12 months ago

Lucy Hochman

Lucy Hochman

Continuing to make your dad proud every day â 12 months ago

Lauren Scudder

Lauren Scudder

12 months ago

Caila

Caila

12 months ago

Laura Birminghan

Laura Birminghan

<3 12 months ago

Phileo Method

Phileo Method

For Alex. We love you. 12 months ago

Rubia

Rubia

12 months ago

Joan

Joan

I never met you or your father, but my heart goes out to you, Alex. My husband passed away on March 17th of this year from pleural mesothelioma. It was a shock to us when he was diagnosed (just a year prior to his diagnosis) because we never knew he had been exposed to asbestos. Amanda, who is one of your clients, informed me of this event and I'm sorry I could not attend ..but wanted to donate to this great cause. You and your family will stay in my thoughts and prayers. 12 months ago

Mike & Jean Peters

Mike & Jean Peters

It's an honor to contribute to such a worthy cause. You're making your Dad proud! 12 months ago

Jerry Buerman

Jerry Buerman

12 months ago