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This fundraiser ended on 11/23/12

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For all that know Joe, knows he is a gentle soul and deserved nothing like what he's be struck with. Please read below

Good Morning Everyone,

I am emailing everyone in regards to a secret fundraiser I'm putting together for our dear friend and co-worker Joseph Delacruz. As you probably already know in February 2012 Joe was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Joe has been undergoing a rather aggressive chemo treatment since March earlier this year to shrink the cancer in affected areas of his body, focusing primarily on his liver to get it to reduce to a size where surgery to remove it is an option of cure.

For anyone who has had the privilege to know or work with Joe knows he is a very kind and generous person, always willing to give up his time to help another. A loving father of 5 and an example to me personally a man who handles stress better anyone I know. Knowing his gracious and kind demeanor I am keeping this a surprise from Joe. I know he wouldn't accept a dime from anyone, but I have contacted his wife who has accepted the help of any donations raised.

So, what's the money being used for? It can be used for multiple things (i.e. medical bill, debts, etc) that may bring any unnecessary stress to Joe or in most recent events Joe has decided to put together a "Bucket List" in which he is trying to complete sooner rather than later. While staying optimistic both him and his family have agreed to help Joe meet his goals. The Bucket list consists of several things, these are things I know personally:

1.) Attend with his Daughter (13 yrs)a Steelers Home Game to watch his favorite team play live.

2.) Joe would like to help his brother gain a temporary Visa and fly him over from the Philippines to visit and to meet his family. Joe hasn't seen his brother in many many years and to see him is one of Joe's personal wishes. That would surely bring tears to his eyes.

While clouds fill Joe's sky and sunny days are few and far between I know with your support we can all bring light and love into his life and a smile to his unforgettable face. I can't imagine the many emotions that fill a mind of a person dealing with this or the love ones it affects. My deepest sympathies go out to Joe and his family and anyone who has experienced these trials.

To help Joe fulfill his list please see Erlynn or myself (Robert T) to donate. We are hoping to wrap up donations by the end of the year.

With your donation please leave a nice note, a memory that stands out when you think of Joe, or a motivation message that will warm his heart and make him smile.
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