Why? Friday Inspiration!

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It’s been awhile since I did a Friday Inspiration post, but just after the new year, something came my way that I knew I had to share. Through my role on the board of the John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter, I heard about alumnus Pete Pappas, class of ’92. Pete’s mother, Zenny, is fighting a battle with stage 4 terminal pancreatic cancer. While the doctors gave Zenny 3-6 months to live when she was diagnosed, she has entered her 14th month of this battle.

Z1The most powerful things to me is how Pete describes his mother’s attitude, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, including recent scans showing that Zenny’s cancer has spread:

But not a single time have I heard my mom complain about any of it. Not one time. I’ve seen her cry of course. But I’ve seen her laugh far more often. My mom doesn’t mourn cancer. She fights it. And for every precious moment of life she has, I know she is profoundly grateful.

To be sure, she’s always been like that. It’s who she is. And even the scourge of cancer can’t take that from her. I’ve honestly never witnessed someone with as much heart as my mom has, on so many levels.

Pete also created this moving video tribute to his mother.

Pete is hosting an online fundraiser to help raise money for his mother’s treatment. You can find out more information about Zenny and donate to help her fight pancreatic cancer by clicking here. Please consider donating to Zenny’s fundraiser. Regardless, Zenny and Pete appreciate your good thoughts and prayers.

I know there are many stories like Zenny’s out there. Hers came my way and Pete’s heartfelt request to help his mother, “his only family,” spoke to me deeply. At John Carroll, we were taught to be men and women for others. Pete certainly exemplifies that in his care for his mother.

z2***Disclosure: I am a board member for the John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter, which is how I came to hear of Pete’s fundraiser. The decision to post about the fundraiser is my own and should not be taken as a sign of direct affiliation with John Carroll University. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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1 Response

  1. Thank you Jen for helping share the story of my mom’s battle and encouraging people to visit her fundraiser page. The kind words, prayers, and donations of friends, new and old, and strangers alike has been completely amazing. And Jen your compassion and beautiful words have touched my mom deeply. I’m truly grateful.

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