Dennis loves Kathy
Everything about the way Dennis and Kathy fell in love was something out of a movie. She was a waitress at a diner and he was a police officer in town. They got married on November 8, 1981 and had a beautiful honeymoon in Hawaii. In 1983, they had a daughter and in 1986 they had a son. They travelled the world together, loved skiing, and most importantly, loved their family and friends.
In November of 2010, Kathy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and their world came to a stop. She had a Whipple procedure before going through 7 grueling months of chemo. In June 2011, she was told she was in remission and the family celebrated. Dennis and Kathy went on a cruise to Alaska and for Christmas, the whole family went to Hawaii. In 2012, the cancer returned and spread. Dennis and a dedicated staff at the Luckow Pavilion (part of the Valley Health System in NJ) took care of Kathy as she continued to fight. On December 21, 2013, Kathy passed away and the family was devastated.
The family did their best to be strong and carry on. They took comfort that Kathy was no longer in pain but missed her every day. They were comforted by the love and support of their family and friends and looked for the positive things in life. They celebrated as Kristina, their daughter, got married in April 2014. They cheered for Denny, their son, when he graduated from UMass Lowell with his PhD in Physics in October 2015. They were so proud of Denny as he continued to research brain cancers at Dartmouth College. They shared trips to Lake Winnepesauke and cherished their time together.
On December 21, 2015, Dennis was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma (a bile duct and liver cancer). It seemed absolutely surreal that they would be going through the same thing while their grief was so fresh. He fought through rounds of chemo, but continued to ski. In the summer of 2016, the family traveled down to Florida to visit Kathy's brother in Florida, saw Key West, and acted like children in Disney World. He became a grandfather in September 2016 to Kaylee. Again, through the support at the Luckow Pavilion, Dennis continued to fight but the cancer was too aggressive. On March 13, 2017, Dennis passed away.
So, on Saturday, July 15, 2017, along with their family and friends, their children will participate in the Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium. 100% of the money we raise will be used by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation to fund innovative research by today's most brilliant young scientists, who are racing to find the causes and cures for all types of cancer.
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