In 2007 Mary found herself face to face with a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. By 2008 after having a double mastectomy and 17 lymph nodes removed from her body, she would find out that in addition to her original stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis, 11 of her lymph nodes were also diseased. With two small children, Carman and Bella, at home Mary was determined to fight this battle. And with her husband of 15 years, David DelloRusso, by her side she received the support that would help her fight.
Then on December 18th 2009, after months of battling with chemo and radiation, Mary’s husband David DelloRusso suddenly passed away due to heart failure. Now Mary found herself facing her battle, grieving from the loss of the love of her life, and supporting her kids ages 5 and 12, through the devastation of losing their father. Amazingly, Mary pulled through. She did all she could to be the best mother she could be, supporting her kids, and fighting her battle with cancer at the same time. Despite rounds of chemo, surgeries, and trying to heal from her loss, Mary put school, sports, and recreational events above everything because her greatest joy was being a mom. Although they struggled, Mary wanted her children to know what it was like to experience happiness, and most importantly hope, she was determined to show them that.
After being in remission for five years Mary was hit with the horrible news that her cancer was back and this time it was Stage 4 metastatic malignant neoplasm. Despite the terrible news, she was determined to fight for her family. As hard as she fought, Mary’s battle with cancer ended on Friday, August 17th 2018. Even with a terminal diagnosis, Mary did all she possibly could to extend her time with her children. I know they say that a person is only given as much as they can handle, but I believe that some situations can only be handled through the help of others. Her biggest worry centered on how her children would be able to cope with financial struggles after her passing. Right now we want to do all we can to help Bella and Carman with the expenses of living, as well as getting Bella through high school and Carman through college. So now we are asking for donations to the David DelloRusso family trust fund in order to help these two children who have been through so much, and to help keep Mary’s message alive--there is always hope if you believe in it.
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