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Opiela Family and Friends with Dr. Sethi in 2021 Walk
Opiela Family and Friends with Dr. Sethi in 2021 Walk

WE'RE FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO DEFY YOUNG-ONSET COLON CANCER

We are participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk in 2022 to raise funds to help diagnose and treat young-onset colon cancer. Our son and brother, Adam, passed away in July of 2021 at the age of 30 after being diagnosed with colon cancer in April.  We had no warning. His cancer was so advanced by the time he was diagnosed that he never got out of bed again. 

Adam was teaching middle school social studies in the Austin, Texas school district and looking forward to a normal lifetime of sharing his enthusiasm for history with his students at the time of his diagnosis. He was an inspiration to us and to all who knew him for his friendliness, easy-going attitude, intelligence, and sense of humor. We miss him immensely and are greatly saddened by his loss to our family. 

We hope that by supporting our walk, you can help us raise awareness about the warning signs and treatments for the young-onset colorectal cancer that claimed Adam's life way too soon. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-mortality worldwide and in the last twenty years, there has been an alarming increasing trend in incidence among younger individuals.

By making a gift to our Walk, you’re directly supporting Dr. Nilay Sethi's Gastrointestinal Research Lab (https://sethilab.dana-farber.org) which is focused on translational colorectal cancer research, working to make breakthroughs that will impact lives in positive ways.  

Dr. Sethi was one of the Dana-Farber doctors who took care of Adam during his illness and developed a heartfelt bond with him and our family.  See the Sethi Lab fundraising page at the link to the right for Dr. Sethi's description of his lab's specific efforts and his own memories of Adam. 

We couldn't think of a more worthwhile cause to honor Adam's memory. 

Thank you for your support,

Joe, Nancy, Alex, and Katherine Opiela

 

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$10,130
Goal:$10,000
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Alan Necchi
$100
Allison and Kevin Stone
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Barbara and John Spillane in loving memory of Adam.
Barbara KilCommons
$100
Betsy and Eddie Jacobs
Brett Garofalo
David & Jeanne Hill
$150
David Landy and Katie Knox
Dean and Evangeline Calivas
$250
Dewey and Jamie Parsons
$100
Diane & Russ Hallisey
$200
Dr Robert and Carol Norman
$180
Eben Ludlow
$50
Erica Price
George and Patty Cioto
$100
Gerry and Kim O'Loughlin
$100
Ginny Blanford and John Bryant
Greg Crane
in memory of Adam Joseph Opiela
Jack and Yupapon McCanna
$100
Jennifer P Carter
Jill Landy
$50
Joanne & Paul Morrissey
$100
Joanne Romanow and Thomas Fennell
$100
John and Dorothy Owen
$100
Joseph and Franchesca Charney
$100
Judy Grigg
$200
Karen & Tom Scotti
$50
Kathleen Morrissey
$100
Kelly & Joe Ewaskiw
$50
kenneth charney
$100
Kristen Fischer
Laura and Charlie
$300
Lauren & Brian Nadeau
$100
Leslie Wardrop
$100
Linda & Brian Geraghty
Linda McCloud
Lisa Kimball and Warren olsen
$200
Lorraine Charney
$50
Lyn Uhl and Garret White
$50
Marianne and Nick Tawa
$100
Marion and John Castellucci
$100
Mark O'D
$250
Mary and Brent Wheeldon
$100
Mary Noering
$30
Melville Seibolt
$100
Michael Hynes & Family
$100
Mike Decina
$100
Mr. Joe Opiela
$30
Mr. Matthew Charney
$50
Mr. Paul Borosavage
$30
Mr. Roth Wilkofsky
$100
Mrs. Cheryl dwyer
$100
Ms. Joyce Nilsen
$200
Ms. Kimberly Coutinho
$50
Nancy & Jack DONNELLY
Nick C.
Nicole Graham
$50
Olivia Tawa
$100
Pam and Michael Fishlow
$100
Patty and Paul Graham in memory of Adam Opiela
$50
Paul & Tracey Hogan
$100
Paul A Smith
$100
Paul Margaret Russell Greene
$100
Peter and Jean Lynch
$150
Philip and Kathryn Boole
Richard DeSorgher
$100
Rob Mary Mintz
$205
Robert B McDonald
$100
Sandi Kirshner and Bruce Hayes
Sheree Dolan
$250
Sherri & Richard Decina
$100
Steven Kramer
$50
Stonegate Group Dean Calivas
$250
Susan and Bill Haycock
$100
The Adams Family
$150
The Bernard Family
$100
The Deady Family
$100
The Eamer Family
The Ray Family
$200
The Whooley Family
$100
Tom Conlon
$100
Virginia Lanigan & Glenn Ticehurst
Walt &M
$100
Warren family
$150
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