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Kathy Mezzaligua

It is a great privilege to serve s the Honorary Chair for the 2020 American Cancer Society Bucket Lish Bash Naples and to support the great work done by the ACS in the Naples community and nationally.

 

My degree in education prepared me for my life as the mother of six children and a proud grandmother of eleven. I have tried to instill in them service to others and volunteerism through my example of many years giving service through my church, my community, human services and the Order of Malta.

 

In 1997, my beautiful, spirited middle child, Laurie was diagnosed with breast cancer at the at the age of 29. I never imagined that this would be the beginning of the rest of my life’s service in the cancer world.  

 

Laurie fought her disease valiantly for over twelve years. During that time she became a passionate and vocal advocate for patient support.  As she became aware of the disparity of care  among her friends suffering from the disease, she was inspired to help these women who, in her words “ cannot afford their disease”.  The dream led to Laurie providing the funds to help these women and was the genesis of Saint Agatha Foundation, which she named for the patron saint of breast disease.  This became her mission and her legacy.

 

On July 4, 2009, Laurie passed away.  At her request I have picked up the mantel of leading Saint Agatha Foundation and continue to champion her work in Central New York by funding whatever is needed not covered by insurance; surgery, medications and reconstruction to ensure that breast cancer patients maintain a positive attitude while going through treatment.  The Foundation also covers all household bills as well as personal bills during the time patients are undergoing treatment.

 

Cancer is a disease that unfortunately has touched every one of us in some way, and the research that American Caner Society funds is vitally important.  Ongoing funding is needed to develop treatments and cures for this terrible disease.

 

I ask you to join me in supporting the 2020 Bucket List Bash and the important work of the American Cancer Society to continue their search for cures.                    

 Kathleen Mezzalingu

2020 HONORARY Chair