I did this for one person who has inspired me every day for the past 24 years. My life would be empty and meaningless without her: My wife Anna, who is a breast cancer survivor. I want all the women who are facing this dilemma in their own lives to keep a positive attitude, believe, and have faith that God will always walk us through the tough times and meet us at the end of the journey.
Anna, our sons Luca, Mario, Santino, and I all had to come to terms with what was going on when we found out Anna had cancer. It has brought us closer, and made us stronger and more empathetic for others. It has given us the drive to want to help, which is the reason why “I go pink.”
I want to help the community as much as possible in order to ensure all women – and sometimes men too – have access to testing and doctors that will help diagnose and treat whatever they're facing. It is important that all the money raised for this cause will go to help those directly in our community.
On May 18th people from all over the valley, along with so many others, were able to put together a dinner with rave raffles prizes at the American Russian Club in Shelton. It was a great success! We had a cigar night for all the men, and Susan Coyle came to speak on behalf of The Valley Goes Pink committee. As a result, it was very rewarding to give The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital a check for $2,550.
Cancer doesn't discriminate, and unfortunately it is very up close and personal for our family. I lost my father Peter and Anna lost her father Alessandro at a very young age to cancer. We will continue to work together with so many generous friends and family members to fight back against this disease.
We would like to thank all who helped us with our fundraiser, and everyone who made donations. I want to extend a very special thanks to Sal Giglio, who was a tremendous help, as well as my entire family, including my brother, sisters, and cousins. Next year, we’ll do it bigger and better – and we’ll invite couples instead of just the guys. We are so grateful to you all. I am more than certain we will reach this year’s Valley Goes Pink Goal: $35,000 to purchase special ultrasound breast density measurement equipment.
Join with The Valley Goes Pink so that we can get the word out and entice small local businesses to help. No donation is too small, so give what you can. We feel a great sense of joy and pride by helping this great cause, and we hope you will too. Thank you to all who have gone “Pink” with us, and to those who haven’t, join us and go pink this October!