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Walk for Ricky:
Greetings to friends and family. Cancer has touched each of us in many ways. I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015. That meant 2 years of chemo. Thanks to the wonderful Doctors and Staff at Juravinski Hospital, I am now in my 5th year of survival!!!
Each year Nancy and I have joined the “Friends on a Mission” Team to support care of cancer patients at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Care (JHCC). This year, we would like to dedicate our walk, in memory of our friend and “brother”, Ricky Pugliese. As you may know, Ricky passed away on August 18, 2020 due to pancreatic cancer. Ricky was part of a Waterpolo dynasty in Hamilton. He was captain of the HAWPC Senior Team that won Gold Medals at Canadian National Championships an astounding ten times!!! He also represented Canada in international competitions including two Olympic Games.
With Ricky as leader, our team felt invincible…He exhibited all of the best characteristics of a leader and a friend. He will be missed by all of his friends and family.
Because of COVID 19 the Cancer Walk will occur on an individual basis. Our plan for the Walk is to start at Jimmy Thompson Pool and end at McMaster Pool. At this time, Carol may be joining us on the tribute walk for Ricky. We are planning our walk for the last week of September (date TBD).
The monies raised go toward highest priority needs for the Juravinski. In the past several years, funds have been used for the redevelopment of clinical spaces to enable mental health services for those dealing with cancer and enhancements to the RESSCU unit which offers urgent care to cancer patients.
None of these services would be possible without fundraising efforts and yet COVID has had an incredible impact on the hospital’s ability to raise these funds. Your consideration and support are key to continued support for cancer patients at Juravinski.
This year, we walk for Ricky!!!
Stay Safe and…
Wayne and Nancy
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