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Help Patrick Fight Cancer

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Hello, my name is Crystal Nardone, and my husband, Patrick Connors, is a painter, art scholar, and an art teacher. He is also one of the kindest, most intelligent, charming and delightful people you could ever hope to meet. He is beloved by his many friends and students for his contagious enthusiasm and love of painting as well as his dedication to his students’ individual artistic development. Last year he was diagnosed with a stage 4 high-risk, aggressive form of prostate cancer. There were no warning signs, so as those of you who have been through this type of ordeal will understand, our world was flipped upside down.

His prostate surgery was followed by two more surgeries to address complications, three blood transfusions and 3 weeks in intensive care. Once this ordeal was over, the healing process began for Patrick but the cancer reasserted itself in mid July. Things turned worrisome again. In September, he was placed on a new cancer protocol, in fact he was the first cancer patient at the Kimmel Cancer Center to be on this innovative therapy. By November he was responding positively, but the treatment has serious side-effects: soreness, limb pain, and the worst side-effect of all, chronic fatigue.

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The good news is that he continues to respond positively to the therapies and medications. The cancer cells remain inactive; the downside is that the soreness, limb pain and the chronic fatigue intensified. It has limited Patrick’s time to teach and lecture. His painting, his lifetime passion, has also been limited. The loss of income over the past year, along with the growing medical bills not covered by insurance, has made it necessary for us to ask for help. Patrick works as much as possible, exercises regularly and intensely to combat the fatigue, and never loses faith he can continue to fight. We have 18 months more of treatment, including radiation, and I have no doubt that Patrick will carry on with the same grace and enthusiasm that is his nature. The slogan we have adopted at our house is to be “cautiously optimistic and aggressively positive.”

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The outpouring of love and support from our families, friends, and neighbors and, of course, from his Cancer Team at Kimmel Cancer Center, has been an enormous blessing. While it is stressful and difficult to ask for financial help, we find ourselves falling behind. Every little bit helps. Please donate. Thank you.


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Dear Friends,
A thank you note and update on my health. Crystal and I remained overwhelmed by your support and encouragement. It is hard to express how much this means to us but your compassion has played an important part in our continued well-being. One of the few benefits of having cancer, and it is a big benefit, is that we have heard from friends, old and new. Thank you. Please do not hesitate to email us, our apologies in advance if it takes a while for us to reply, but we will respond to everyone!
The cancer therapy continues to inactivate my cancer, tumors are shrinking, and recent metastasized cancerous lesions appear to have disappeared and replaced with scars, which means my body is healing. My Cancer Team at Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center is an incredible group of dedicated and compassionate medical professionals. The treatments have literally turned this cancer around. Crystal’s diet plans and cooking ensure that we are eating cancer-fighting foods and I remain active in my exercise regimen.
I have been painting in the studio but after the end of this semester will not be teaching for this spring or summer.

Crystal and I have a long road ahead of us and we remain cautiously optimistic, but thanks to all your support, love, and prayers, we continue to be aggressively positive.

Image below: Studio companion (and loving critic) Annie
and me, April 2018

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Dear Friends,
I don’t really know how to begin to thank all of the dear and wonderful people who have shown us so much kindness and support in these past few weeks. Patrick and I are regularly overcome with emotion by the words of encouragement and support written to us by friends and family near and far. One by one, we try to thank each person individually, but so many have come forward and helped in so many ways that it will take us a while to get to each person who gave so freely. Please know that we appreciate having all of you in our lives, your generosity, your prayers, and all of the positive energy that has been sent our way.
Sending love back to you all.
Crystal and Patrick
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Hello Everyone, Crystal & I are overwhelmed by your compassion and support. Your kindness and generosity goes a long way in our battle with my cancer and our financial troubles. You all made such an impressive start; we are nearly to 1/3 of our goal! Also, we appreciate that many of you shared our GoFundMe campaign. This, too, helps us in our on-going struggle. Thank you. With best wishes for those who celebrate Good Friday, Easter, and Passover; and for those who do not, best wishes for a wonderful weekend, Crystal & Patrick
Patrick & Crystal, Thanksgiving 2014
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