Leah's Fundraising Page

John Anciello @ Baxter State Park
John Anciello @ Baxter State Park

Our world is less colorful without him...

On September 28, 2019, my birthday, my Dad (age 66) was diagnosed with a stage 4 Glioblastoma Brain Tumor. A devastating diagnosis as this type of tumor is aggressive and incurable, and by the time one exhibits any symptoms it’s far too late. For my Dad, it started in August 2019 when he lost his sense of taste. In September 2019, my Dad had his first grand mal seizure which led to his diagnosis. In October 2019, my Dad underwent a very successful tumor resection when the odds were stacked against him. In November 2019, my Dad celebrated his 67th birthday while persevering through chemo and radiation to keep the tumor’s growth at bay. In December 2019, he completed chemo and radiation only to experience another grand mal seizure on Christmas day. It was this point forward that this tumor would test my Dad’s physical strength as he went from rehab to rehab determined to regain his independence. In January 2020, my Dad became a patient of Dana Farber and began wearing Novocure’s Optune Cap (www.optune.com). We were hopeful, and reassured, as every MRI showed that the resected part of this aggressive tumor had not grown back. It was a promising outlook despite his struggle to fight fatigue, with determination.

No matter where my Dad was, he was our #1 priority, just like we were always his #1 priority. We spent every day with him, ensured he was comfortable and advocated for him. In March 2020, COVID-19 became an inevitable threat. In April 2020, during his stay in rehab, my Dad contracted COVID-19.

Our hearts were broken on May 16, 2020 when we lost my Dad to Cancer due to complications from COVID-19. Cancer and COVID-19 robbed my Dad of being part of so many more memories my family needs to make. It robbed my Dad of being able to get to know his first grandson, who was born exactly one week before he passed away. Not a day goes by when we don't think of my Dad. We miss him tremendously and it has become my family’s mission to keep his memory alive every day…. every…. single…. day.

Because of my love and devotion for my Dad, John Anciello, I am making a pledge to participate in the 2020 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Virtual Walk. Every step, every mile, I will be honoring my Dad, all of my extended family and friends who have fought this battle, and all of our friends and family who fought along side my Dad since September.  

My fundraiser will help Dana Farber find a cure that will give cancer patients fighting Gliomas and Glioblastomas the quality of life they deserve, and the opportunity to be part of so many more memories they were meant to be a part of.

Thank you for reading my Dad’s story, and supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Every donation will make a meaningful impact in cancer research. Every donation is one step closer to our world becoming a little more colorful again.

Thank you for your support,

Leah


PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$2,440
Goal:$5,000
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Adam and Bethany Girard
$100
Adam Dion
$50
Amanda (Barrasso) DeFeo
$50
Anonymous
$10
Auntie Elaine
$20
Bill and Nancy Davidge
$100
Brandy and the boys
Carol Miano
$50
Chris Bouchard
$100
Dianna Bertowice
$50
Dianne Anciello
Elaine Carreiro
$30
James Fagan
$50
Jessica Waters
$50
Jill Moylan 💝
$300
Joanne Ferguson
$100
Kerri & Jason Desrosiers
$50
Kim Spinale
$30
Laura Nuzzi
$50
Lee Zamir
$50
Lisa Tylus
$50
Margaret St.John
$20
Mary Adrian and Michael
Melissa Ericson
$40
Michael Anciello
$100
Mr. James Burt
$50
Mr. Matthew Davidge
$250
Mrs. Denise Bilotti
$10
Mrs. Leah Anciello
$5
Mya & Patrick
Noah and Amy Burt
$50
Rachel Follett
Shaun Davidge (with help from my Mommy)
$100
Tara Whitesel
$30
The Follett Family
$100
The Radomski Family
$50
William Mahoney
$50
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