Angels - Never to be Forgotten

Raymond W. Gervais

Raymond W. GervaisMy father was diagnosed with glioblastoma in February, 2016. Sadly, on March 10, 2017 he lost his battle. He was an amazing husband, father, grampy, son, brother, and best friend anyone could possibly ask for.

Woodworking was his passion, and boy was he talented. I've recently brought some handmade pieces home to have him close by.

I absolutely ache for my father. He is missed by so many. I know he has been sending me signs that he is ok and close by. I thank God every moment for those. #foreverinmyheart

- Submitted by Cassandra Gervais

Katy Wichlac

1376326072wichlac.jpegMom was a dedicated mother, friend, sister, aunt and Nana. She was committed to her career as a payroll manager and delighted in planning the annual New England Payroll Conference for payroll professionals from 6 states. She was a lover of wine, travel, gardening, local theater and always being the best fun at a party.

Mom was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma on November 11, 2011 after exhibiting stroke-like symptoms. She declined quickly but was surrounded by family and friends every moment of her battle with brain cancer. She bravely passed away on February 22, 2012 and she is missed every day. She was just 63.
Her family and friends continue in her honor -- every time we something yellow we happily remember her.

- Submitted by Maria Grove

Laurie Porter Campbell

1321544434laurie_porter.jpegI am the sister of Laurie Porter Campbell, who lost her fight with a pituitary brain tumor on April 2, 2004. Laurie was diagnosed in the fall of 1992 and had many surgeries until she had a massive stroke in September of 1998. She lived at the Hospital For Special Care for six years, never being able to speak to us again.

Laurie was a daughter, sister , mother, wife, and friend all wrapped up into one person. She celebrated what is special in others: generosity, grace and altruism. We will always miss the sparkle in her unforgettable eyes and the joy her smile radiated as she lit up a room. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of her and miss her so...

My family and I give thanks for the life of a woman I am so proud to call my sister, the extraordinary Laurie, whose loving beauty will fill our hearts forever. In the words of Mother Theresa, "We cannot do great things; we can only do small things with great love". In my life, no person has embodied this sentiment more than my precious sister. Laurie's spirit will live on through her most proud creation, her daughter, Chelsea. Heaven is blessed with the angel that it received in Laurie. We honor all of the wonderful people who have changed our lives through their kindness and compassion. May God bless you Laurie. You will live in our hearts forever.

- Submitted by Kimberly Porter Dowie

Millie McGinty

1294502997168164_1790505006903_1367948432_1937975_15230_n.jpegMillie McGinty was diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma in October of 2010. As she began this battle she built her team of lead oncologists, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals from both Hartford Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. With strong family support, Millie was eager to fight the battle, never giving up. She would often say with fists raised high, "we are going to beat this". Millie was called to heaven yesterday January 7th, 2011. Though little time between diagnosis and end of life, Grammie will always be remembered for her courage, strength, and hope. A kind soul and loving woman she was. Surely she will be missed. May she find peace always.

- Submitted by Lindsey

Johanne Casey

1292459065Moms_Memorial_Pic.jpgIn December 2008, my mother, at the age of 48, had the onset of what we later found out was a Glioblastoma. She was brushing her hair, when, as she described, she heard a snapping in head and sudden loss of strength and vision. That lead to diagnosis of a "stroke." If only they were right. In February, after a progression of symptoms, the neurologist finally ordered another MRI which then showed a 6cm mass to her ocipital lobe. She was soon in for surgery (with biopsy,) and then radiation and chemo.
From April 2009 until September 2010 she received Temodar every month, with no more side effects than expected. With the restaging MRIs every 3 months we were pleasantly surprised with "NO GROWTH" each time. She never regained the vision to her left eye, nor her short term memory or focus, therefore, was never able to return to work; but each day she would be in the kitchen cooking, it was her therapy. She would even go to my sons soccer games, and school concerts.

In October 2010, she had a second episode of severe intercerebral pressure, this landed her in the hospital with intractable vomitting, unbearable headache, and severe confusion. We knew what this meant. MRI confirmed growth. Her platelets also kept dropping, delaying surgery. She did make it to my wedding, Nov 6th, which was so fulfilling. She continuted to drop all her blood counts pointing toward Bone Marrow Failure. We found the amazing "Brain Tumor Center" at Yale which agreed that with blood transfusions we could stop delaying surgery.

On December 2 she went in for a second resection of her tumor. One thing led to another, one complication on another. On Thursday December 9th she asked us to hold to our promise, she was suffering each day at that point, and had asked to be taken off support and allowed to let God's will be done. On Thursday we said goodbye to what was left of mom, the part that this disease hadn't stolen. On Friday evening, her body left this world. She wanted us to celebrate her life, not to mourn and grieve over her passing. To an amazing mother, wife, caregiver, and grandmother: you will forever be in our hearts, I promise I will take care of your other 2 children. I will give her the best sweet 16 possible, I will teach her how to drive, how to not let the boys walk all over her, how to move on. We love you so much, you are the strongest person we could have ever imagined!

- Submitted by Annette Belanger

I lost my best friend of 42 years in Aug 2009 to brain cancer. Despite a valiant effort with her caregivers and the doctors of the Yale Brain Tumor Center, the fight was lost. This is a fight that needs to be fought and conquered so that children do not lose parents, siblings don't lose each other, parents don't lose children and friends don't lose their lifelong friends.

- Submitted by Jill Christopher

Julie Loftus

I am the sister of Julie Loftus, who lost her fight with brain cancer on August 31, 2009. Julie was diagnosed in January of 2008 with what they thought was a slow growing tumor. We were very hopeful. She underwent a biopsy and craniotomy on Feb. 14, 2008, and then had a recovery period of about 4 months of which she needed much help. We continued to be hopeful as the tumor remained stable. But in April of 2009 there were changes on her MRI and another biopsy was recommended. The tumor had grown and chemotherapy was begun. The following month there was another large growth and another biopsy was done revealing that we were now dealing with a glioblastoma. We remained hopeful and prayed for a miracle. Julie then underwent extensive chemotherapy and radiation, but her condition worsened finally taking her life on 8/31/09. Julie required extensive caregiving, of which her family and I provided along with outside help. Her care was 24/7 as she could not be left alone at anytime. The reason we support the Brian Tumor Alliance is because we know that is what Julie would have wanted. She got much help and support from Tracy and Susan during her illness and was very grateful. This is a nasty illness and needs to be rid of. We will continue to support this organization in Julie's memory.

- Submitted by Diane Kennedy

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