Friday, March 6, 2015

So Honored to Honor My Hero!!!


I am sincerely honored to announce that my husband and I have been selected to be on the committee for CCFA Long Island Chapter's largest fundraising event of the year: Laugh 'Til It Stops Hurting. This year, we will be honoring my surgeon, Dr. John Procaccino, and I am hoping my readers, friends, supporters and family can help us make this event another great success.

Some of you I will be bothering with formal invitations, but as I feel like I am always bugging my steadfast supporters, I decided to reach out to most of you in a more passive way (read: this blog). There are so many ways you can support this event, from a $5 donation, to purchasing a ticket, to asking your employer to consider becoming a sponsor. Regardless, please read the letter attachment that will be sent along with invitations and know that every last one of you is very welcome (and strongly encouraged) to attend the event. Hope to see some of you there, and for those of you that can't attend I hope you will consider supporting the event in some way, big or small. An enormous thank you as always!! Please find link for more information in the letter below:

Dear Friends,

As you know, my family and I have been actively involved with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Long Island chapter for many years, participating in a wide range of activities to help fulfill CCFA's mission of a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.  

This year, my husband William and I are privileged to serve on the committee for Laugh 'til It Stops Hurting, the chapter's most critical fundraising event. We will be honoring my surgeon, Dr. John A. Procaccino, at this year's event. As most of you know, Dr. Procaccino has been by my side for many years as one of my greatest allies in my battle against this disease. We have been through four major surgeries together: while some of these surgeries have provided me with the best possible quality of life an IBD patient could hope for, one emergency surgery quite literally saved my life. Without Dr. Procaccino's unparalleled aptitude and surgical skill, I would not be here today writing this letter to you. And as a brief testament to Dr. Procaccino's character, I don't think I have to tell you there aren't too many world-renowned surgeons out there that would sneak away from his or her family on Thanksgiving Day just to check up on you in the hospital. He is, quite truly, one of a kind.

Thank you, in advance for any support you can give to this event. My family and I will be enthusiastically attending Laugh 'til It Stops Hurting, and we hope you can too.  If you cannot make the event, there are many other options for support, from sponsorships to journal ads and donations.  Everything you need is included in this invitation package as well as on the event website: 

Over 80 cents of every dollar raised goes to CCFA's mission for a cure, while improving the quality of life for patients like myself and providing education and support services. Nothing is more important to me than to see an end to these insidious diseases. I hope you will continue to join us as we progress toward a cure. 

With Deep Gratitude,

Katherine Pearce 

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