Laurie Mezzalingua made a promise to help the women fighting breast cancer, just like her, but less fortunate. Laurie lost her battle ten years ago but her promise still lives on.
Before she passed, Laurie established her own foundation, Saint Agatha, to provide financial assistance for medical and personal bills as well as household expenses. Today, Laurie’s mother, Kathleen Mezzalingua, is the president of her foundation and keeps her daughter’s memory and promise alive.
“After she came back from the hospital, after one lengthy stay, she said ‘there are women on my floor who don’t have the company that I did because they can’t afford parking,” said Kathleen Mezzalingua, talking about her daughter, Laurie. “Their families can’t afford babysitters, not to mention the bigger expenses: the surgeries, medication, the reconstructive surgery. So, she said ‘I have to help those people.'”
Over the past ten years, the Saint Agatha Foundation has helped over 6,500 breast cancer patients by providing of over $11 million to 17 agencies, hospitals, and social services throughout six counties in Central New York.
Now the foundation wants to help more women and is starting to fundraise. Their first ever gala, “The Promise Continues” is happening Thursday, October 24th, at The Persian Terrace, Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Cocktails are at 5:30p.m., with dinner following at 6:30pm.
For tickets or more information, call 888-878-7900, or visit saintagathafoundation.org.