We all know when we meet someone special. A person that appreciates people, family, life, and love with such vigor that his passion changes people forever. Charlie Capalbo was that person, a real fighter. He lost his five-year battle with Leukemia on 4/24/22.
I feel lucky to have known Charlie. 56 years young and Charlie has taught my girls and me more than anyone else we have known. Charlie loved to live, and because of this, battled harder with each setback, praying for a miracle and the opportunity to continue his life. He exhausted every treatment option available, and also had a bone marrow transplant in 2019 from his younger brother Will. During his battle, he had to relearn how to walk twice after experiencing lower extremity paralysis from treatment, both in 2019 and 2021. But through all of that, he stayed positive, and encouraged everyone around him to be their best selves and look for the best in others. He focused on all the good and possibilities for a better tomorrow.
Charlie spent 745 nights in-patient over his five-year period of fighting cancer. I truly believe that if he could have, he would still be fighting for another day with the people he loved. As difficult as it is to imagine, after fighting for so long and so hard, his medical team and their peer experts ran out of options for him.
Charlie’s loss will forever be a part of the lives of all of us who love him. His family and all of us who love them will continue to work to keep Charlie’s legacy alive. Charlie is a legend for many reasons: because of the way he lived, the way he fought, and the way he will continue to inspire everyone who witnesses his magic through his legacy.
We will honor Charlie by fighting to fund a cure in hopes that the next brave cancer warrior and their families have the outcome that Charlie and the Capalbo family fought so hard for.
Thank you for your support as we honor the life and legacy of Charlie!