In Memory of Vicki Alward
On April 2, 2011, Vicki Alward, of Decatur, Illinois, lost a seven year battle with Lynch cancers. She raised four wonderful children and adored four grandchildren, was a loving wife and a nurturing mother. She was loved by a community. Her passion was writing poetry, traveling the world and spending time with her family. Her laugh, smile and heart encouraged those to live and cherish life. A giving person, she changed the lives of people she touched, both during and following life, including many of us and our families. We are so very grateful to her, her family and to those who loved her...our hearts are with Dr. Philip Alward, the Alward family and all those who loved and still love her.
Ron McGregor, MD
The Robert and Elise Rokose Family
Katherine G. Bellows
The Robert and Norma Reedy Family
The Paul and Shirley Stanley Family
The William and Peggy Watson Family
Betty L. Holt
Macon County Eye Center
The Lloyd and Jo Ellen Allsop Family
Cara S. Montgomery
Sarah E. Helton
Jeffrey M. Smith, MD
John Lee, MD
The Jerald and Miriam Jackson Family
The Philip Alward Family
The Thomas and Emilee Best Family
The Clark and Shirley Furr Family
The James and Phyllis Brubaker Family
Macon Family Medical Society
John H. Huff
Dan and Dorothy Frishkorn Family
Arthur and Natalie Sweet
Alfred and Shirley Ann Blickensderfer
Paul E. Kroenlien
Richard and Toni Helton
Alliance Global Investors
Reagan and Cathy Flemming
Dr. Norman Tolly, Center for Sight
In Memory of Tom Kaiser
The Cook Family
Memorial in Honor of Pamela Kaye Vollmer
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allsop
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Allsop
Memorial in Honor of Rachel George-Greenwalt
Sometimes people come into our lives for reasons unknown to us...to help us learn, to inspire us or to serve as a warning. Rachel George-Greenwalt was one of those persons who will always live within our memories as she provided all of that and more during our encounter and working together to protect families and save lives.
On December 10, 2011, Rachel George-Greenwalt passed away from a rare Stage 4 cancer of the appendix. Rachel was a passionate and active volunteer of Lynch Syndrome International. Despite a terminal diagnosis, she never complained. She always thought of others first, never gave up and participated in representing LSI at Relay for Life events and at local parades. She was a strong advocate of those at high risk for Lynch syndrome and participated in clinical trials in an attempt to find a vaccine which would be effective in fighting our cancers as well as authored a blog, sharing her experiences with fighting Lynch cancers.
She was a radio personality in her local area, a loving wife, a mother of two little girls under the age of five, a loving daughter of one of our active volunteers and a wonderful sister to several siblings. She and her sister Mickie were very close and supportive toward one another, both dedicated toward public awareness of Lynch syndrome.
We will miss Rachel dearly. Her courage inspired us and her spirit will live within us as we speak to each and every physician, each and every person at high risk for Lynch cancers and as we advocate and work toward getting more research for those with Lynch syndrome.
Lisa Whited, dedicated to Mickey George
Margaret Davidson, dedicated to the George/Greenwalt Families
Jennifer Taylor, dedicated to Erma Rutter
Janet Pierce, dedicated to Jason Greenwalt
Stephen and Linda Bruzzone
Charles and KarenTornes
Denis and Anna Pierce
Janet Pierce dedicated in Memory of Rachel Greenwalt
Anonymous In Memory of Rachel Greenwalt
Jennifer Taylor dedicated to Erma Rutter
Lisa Whited dedicated to the Memory of Rachel Greenwalt
Charles and Enid Tholin in Memory of Rachel Greenwalt
Damian and Wendy Chrisman Family
Douglas L. and Gina Sampson Family
David and Susan West Family
In Memory of Todd Painter
At the age of thirty eight years old, Todd Painter of Shady Side, Maryland, passed away peacefully of a Lynch syndrome related cancer. Todd not only served his country as a member of the Maryland National Guard, but was a wonderful husband and father to two very young daughters.
He was an loyal Redskins fan, followed the NASCAR circuit and was an avid outdoors enthusiast and hunter. He was recently inducted into the Annapolis Area Christian Schools' Hall of Fame for excellence in soccer, wrestling and baseball, serving as a Captain in all three sports.
Our hearts are with his wife Marina, his children, his parents, brothers and sisters and all those who loved and still love him.
Rochelle Smith Humphrey
Frederick C and Nancy A. Meyer Family
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Robeson Family
Douglas S. and Nancy O. Snyder Family
Edward M. and Nancy A. Riley Family
James E. and Francis G. Catterton Family
Watkins Meegan LLC
Gayle Grasso, In the Name of Tommy Painter
Charles Aldeman In the Name of Tommy Painter
Bill Dennison In the Name of the Painter Family
Alice Womble In the Name of William J. Painter
Richard Steffan In the Name of Marina Painter
Leo and Kathleen Stimmler
Ernest and Virginia Wiltsey
In Memory of Patricia Diane Lawson
LAWSON, Patricia Diane (Robertson) "Trish" 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home on April 2, 2012, after a long courageous battle with lung cancer. Trish was born Sept. 29, 1950 at Tampa General Hospital to the late L.D. Robertson, Jr, and Frances Mitchell Robertson. She attended Gorrie Elementary, Wislon Jr High, and H.B. Plant High School, before her fathers work temporarily moved them to New Jersey where she graduated from Stevens H.S. in Edison. She tirelessly worked for Centerplate (formerly Canteen & Volume Services) for 35 years in the Tampa Bay area up until her Stage IV diagnosis on 11/30/2010.
She was the General Manager of all food, beverage, & merchandise sales for their following locations: Tampa Stadium, where she had the honor of turning the lights off for the last time for the entire Big Sombrero after their last event; McKecknie Field in Bradenton, & the NYY Legends Field. Lastly she worked for Centerplate as the Controller of Tropicana Field.
She is survived by her husband, John Lawson, and her loving daughter, Caren Carney Berry and son-in-law, Paul Berry, and precious granddaughter Camryn Diane Berry of Tampa; her sister and husband, Cathy and Frank Uvanni of Crystal River; her niece and husband, Kristin and Dan Rose, and their children Katelynn, Dominick, & Hayden of Tampa; and niece Ayren Anderson and son Anderson Briggs of Tampa; and former husband James F. Carney, Jr. of Apopka. Trish was the great-great-granddaughter of Nelson Tift, founder of Albany, GA.
She loved spending time in Key West where the Tift family was the original owners of the Hemingway House. The current Shiprwrecker's Museum has actors playing her ancestors as their tour guides. The Tift Ice Warehouse, currently the Shell Warehouse, still stands at Mallory Square where she enjoyed many of sunsets. Trish was a 3rd generation Davis Islander and loved the water so much she lived on a boat for five years, before returning to her home on Davis Islands.
The most important legacy Trish leaves behind is her generosity and caring heart. She impacted many of her employees' lives and the community through her contributions to numerous Bay Area charities that have throughout the years developed Tampa into a city of destination. Trish had a passion for helping others. She helped begin Open Arms Ministry at Hyde Park United Methodist serving the homeless. What started as a simple hot cooked breakfast on Sunday mornings in the church parking lot has now blossomed into a model program for other communities.
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Steve and Linda Bruzzone
In Memory of Gayle Krenik
In Memory of Paula Rubin
Melissa A. Gatusso
Michael and Jennifer Judge
Sean and Erin Erney
Richard and Gloria Ronca
Kenneth and Laurie Renko
Michael and Brenda Palucki
Scott and Shirleen Smiley
Floyd and Mary Gladwell
Greg and Lauren Machita
Andrew and Shawn Towne
Roland and Kelley Olson
Pampered Chef Corporation
James and Marnie McDonald
Daniel and Heather Ronca
DOROTHY AND JOHN SPINETTO
Wendy Allen in the name of Joanne Spinetto Marty
In Memory of Dorothy and John Spinetto
IN TRIBUTE TO TEAM COURAGE - THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING GENES
Through extensive family tree research and genetic counseling, the seven children of Sam and Audrey Wetzel, one by one were genetically tested for Lynch Syndrome following the death of their mother, Audrey, who passed away, March 7, 1991, of colorectal cancer.
Three children were diagnosed, Stephanie Wetzel-Toole, Marlene Wetzel-Bloomfield and Gerri Wetzel-Schoutko who are now undergoing a journey of embracing life. Together, with family and friends, they created a family organization...The Sisterhood of the Traveling Genes, to create public awareness and is supporting LSI.
Their journey continues….with 19 children, between Stephanie(7), Marlene(7), and Gerri(5), they now face the task of having each of the children genetically tested, praying they flipped the coin heads up and did not inherit Lynch Syndrome.
It is a journey to be proactive…..in Aug. 2012 Marlene Wetzel-Bloomfield had a complete hysterectomy followed by Stephanie Wetzel-Toole who had her complete hysterectomy in Dec. 2012. Having this surgery Stephanie and Marlene removed a huge part of the risk of developing endometrial cancer. With all pathology reports clear for Marlene and Stephanie they both breathed a sigh of relief.
A journey that has thankfully had all three sisters getting colonoscopies proactively for 15 years. Knowing their mother died so young and so fast, we wanted honor her memory and be proactive in their health.
Stephanie and Marlene’s journey is not over. To remain cancer free they will have to be vigilant with our health and stay on top of our wellness with yearly screenings.
A journey that led their family to find out Gerri Wetzel- Schoutko, who in Jan. 2012 became the seventh family member to be diagnosed with cancer. At age 44, nine years after her first cancer diagnosis, Gerri was diagnosed with a second cancer, Endometrial Cancer.
A journey that has recently shown the cancer, malignant thymoma, that Gerri was diagnosed with nine years ago at age 36 has reoccurred.
And, finally, a journey which lead them to step out of themselves and into the world to promote public awareness for others and to live outside themselves...in honor of them...and of their family which is standing behind one another and helping others.
Beth Darmstadter, honoring Marlene Wetzel-Bloomfield
Elizabeth O'Brien in the name of Stephanie Wetzel-Toole
Emily M. Adkins in the name of Stephanie Toole
Teresa and Joel Andreani in the name of Stephanie Wetzel Toole
Elaine Breiner in the name of Team Courage and Stephanie Wetzel Toole
Anna P. Schoutko in honor of Gerri Wetzel Schoutko
Jeremiah and Diane M. Dunleavy
D.C. and Paula Thompson
Timothy and Mimi R. Burke
Ellen Breiner in honor of Stephanie Wetzel-Toole
Debbie Donofrio in honor of Stephanie Wetzel-Toole
Timothy Murnane in honor of Stephanie Wetzel-Toole
Mary Ellen Volpe
IN MEMORY OF THOSE OF THE RAMSEY FAMILY
In Memory of Grandmother Charlotte Fawkes Finley and mother, Charlotte Finley Ramsey, who both died far too young, and to Charlotte Lynne Clark who is still doing well following her third Lynch related cancer, thanks to genetic testing and proper monitoring...from their loving grandson, son and brother, Marc Ramsey.
IN MEMORY OF THE SNELLING FAMILY
In Memory of Great Grandfather Harrie Snelling, his son Hap Snelling and daughter Marcella Snelling, with gratitude for the hope and promise of a future which will allow for families to live.
IN MEMORY OF AMY MANISCALCO
Amy Maniscalco, 37 years old passed away from endometrial cancer due to Lynch syndrome. She was an extraordinary young woman.
Amy, My Strong Lady
You bring chocolate covered strawberries
And strawberry shortcake to family Easter dinners,
Wake a quiet room with your spirit
And a laugh that punctuates your funny commentary.
You are the perky “Hey guys” on the message machine
The one I still cannot erase.
Cancer was a war waged
Against the beauty that was you.
So you fought.
You rallied the troops
Wrapped your arms around your family
To protect them.
A giving that was customary for you.
Every assault was attacked
Every insult was met
“Hey Aunt Meg, I got a prescription for a wig.
I’m going shopping with Mom”
“Maybe a red one..”
We could not cry for you
Because you didn’t.
Not when the first clot hit your lung
Or the last that stole your speech.
How kind you were to all of us.
Never whispering the secrets of your sickness
Or your shortened sense of time.
Said you wanted no expiration date
stamped on your forehead-
A date that came too soon-
Took even you by surprise
That Thursday night
When the clot surgeon searched for 7 hours,
When we cried in the waiting room
While American idol played on the flat screen TV.
You fought your final battle.
We felt your arms slowly fall away.
They could not cushion us any longer.
This enemy was faster and deadlier
Than the cancer you endured.
And you “Strong Lady” lay quietly
While we cried
For the gift that would no longer be ours,
For the hole in our hearts
That will never be filled,
For the love of an extraordinary young woman,
And her short life, well lived.
Amy authored the blog "The Lynch Sister's Incomplete Guide to Christianity, Cake and Cancer," which she described as "an imperfect Christian woman's endometrial cancer fight, one ridiculously true story at a time."
IN MEMORY OF ASHLEY BEZDEK
Ashley Lauren Bezdek, age 27, passed away on May 29, 2013 at Houston Hospice from Lynch syndrome related endometrial cancer. A native Houstonian, Ashley was born on August 23, 1985 to Brent Bezdek and Jamie Kennedy at Memorial City Hospital.
She graduated from Mayde Creek High School, Katy, Texas in 2003. After high school she worked a variety of jobs, but was most passionate about the swimming pool industry. Following in her grandfather’s (Gilbert Bezdek, deceased) and father’s (Brent, deceased) footsteps, or possibly the chlorine in their blood, she worked as a pool cleaner, trainer, supervisor, retail sales, and cleaner repairs (Bette, they are all yours now!!) Sweetwater Pool and Patio in Bellaire was her second home of work family and real family too. Sheila Bezdek, (Brent’s widow) and her husband, Cesar Tena, their children, and Lillian Kucera, (Sheila’s mother). Ashley did not work for the past two years. She would go in as often as her energy allowed and would ride along to pool sites with her best bud, Dirkland Stephens from time to time. Last Wednesday, during his visit to the house, he told her something and she laughed, really laughed. It was also the last time she laughed.
Kara Tesch has been Ashley’s best friend since September 1991 when they were in first grade. Mike and Elaine Tesch, Kara’s parents, and their daughter/little sister, Kasey (deceased), were her other family. The long-time residents of our neighborhood have all been part of Ashley’s life, just as their children have mine. Kasey’s cancer death set the stage for every other family and friend’s cancer diagnosis and outcome, including her own. Each of the Tesch’s and many from their huge family, were part of our last conversation.
Ashley’s cancer journey was not kind. Most aren’t, but hers was laden with complications and frequent emergency room visits. There are many amazing doctors and some of the best nurses and CNAs, especially on unit 6A/6B, where she spend nearly the entire month of December 2011. Cynthia Baily-Delosbore was our "everything chemo and radiation" navigator from the beginning. Dr. Alexie Cintron joined Ashley’s Baylor team to provide pain management and palliative care in July 2011. He and Allison Torregrossa in the Anti-coaguation Clinic at Quentin Mease were involved in her care until the end. The entire staff at MD Anderson exceeded our expectations, particularly with Drs. Ramondetta, Jhingran, and McAleer their staff. The nurses, doctors, and support staff from both the inpatient and field units at Houston Hospice cared for Ashley and me with the utmost care and dignity as her life slipped away. Denise, Sarah, Stefanie, Cynthia, Nora, Chantre and others were instrumental in keeping us both comfortable during Ashley's last hours.Thank you doesn’t convey the sentiment .
Ashley was preceded in death by her father, Brent Bezdek, great grandparents, Albin and Della Bezdek, grandparents, Gilbert Bezdek and Karen Severin, and uncle, David Bezdek.
Ashley is survived by her mothers, Jamie Kennedy (Jay Williams) of Katy, Texas, and Sheila Bezdek (Cesar Tena) of Stafford, Texas, grandparents Carolyn Bezdek, Verna “Weird Grandma” Hillery (Ed) of Houston, Texas, Lillian Kucera of Stafford, Texas, and Doob, her yellow lab and faithful, yet challenging, companion.
A visitation will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 1101 Antoine Drive at Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77055 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2013. The memorial service will be on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 10:00 am, also at the Woodlawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetary.
Note: Ashley and her mother Jamie were very active volunteers of Lynch Syndrome International. Two months prior to her death, Ashley met with the Mayor of Houston and obtained a proclamation declaring Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Public Awareness Day.
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IN MEMORY OF CINDY BETTS
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