Happy 80th Birthday Auntie!!
October 20, 2016
BENEFITING: VIRGINIA MASON FOUNDATION
The Marilyn Lansciardi Pancreatic Cancer Fund was established by Marilyn's son, Jim Lansciardi, in remembrance of his mother and her journey with pancreatic cancer. The Marilyn Lansciardi Pancreatic Cancer Fund supports educational materials for patients and their families to help them understand pancreatic cancer from diagnosis through their treatment at Virginia Mason and the ongoing research in pancreaticobiliary cancer. Philanthropic support helps to make progress more quickly, and on many fronts, allowing the ability to provide the hope and treatment options so vital to patients. It is my hope that you will consider joining forces on this significant work.
A personal note about my "Auntie:"
My name is Avalonne Phillips. I first met Marilyn Lansciardi when I was just 18 years old. I was exceptionally shy, and although I had only been dating her nephew, Franco, a short time, I could tell how important she was to him by how highly he spoke of her. She and her husband Frank immediately made me feel at ease and welcomed into their home. I was told on that first visit to refer to her as 'Auntie' and her husband as 'Uncle' just as Franco did. I was proud to do so.
Over the years, I began to realize just how much she meant to everyone who knew her. She exuded love, kindness, generosity, and had the absolute BEST sense of humor.
Franco and I eventually married and had three sons together. We went to Auntie's every week for dinner from the time our first son, now almost 17, was born. If we missed a week, she would call to see how her boys were ... it's nearly indescribable, the love she had for them. For us. She and Uncle always made sure that if there were anything they could do for us, they did. She and her son, Jim, hosted three baby showers for us. I was happily entrenched into their large boisterous family.
Auntie was there when each of our boys were born. She doted on them as much as anyone with the title of proud grandmother could. She loved me and made sure I knew it. And I adored her with my whole heart. Even after Franco and I divorced, she made sure I knew I was inarguably, always, her niece. My boys and I continued to have our Friday night dinners at Auntie's, even when we had to start having them in her hospital room.
Auntie, not ONCE, complained, even with the news of her diagnosis, through her treatment, and no matter how bad she felt. She always had the most astoundingly positive outlook where others would have broken down. She was a true matriarch of the family. Everyone looked up to her and loved her, and I know I am not the only one that felt lost without her when she passed.
I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to know and be loved by this amazing woman. If she loved you, you knew it. Any time I am unsure about the kind of woman I want to be, I think of Auntie and try to live up to what she would have been proud of. I love you Auntie, so much.
Everyone at Virginia Mason was incredible, from Dr. Picozzi, who dealt with her and the entire concerned family with reason and compassion, to all the nurses and various staff. They never made us feel like a burden as we hovered over our dear beloved Auntie. They wanted to help, not just so she could fight, but so that we could help her ... and eventually, sadly, so she could rest in peace and love. I truly believe they did everything they could to help her in her battle. The fight goes on though, for those that have loved ones in this position. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, AUNTS, uncles, brothers, and sisters. They are battling this disease and unsure how it will end.
Please help this foundation to further research and information for families that are also faced with losing their Auntie.
Your niece, with all my love,
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