13.1 Miles. No Sweat!
August 20, 2015
Antonio Colao passed away last February after a battle with Myelofibrosis. Antonio’s daughter Teresa Luedke and her brother are running the Chicago half marathon and the rest of her family are going to walk the Chicago 5K on September 27th. They want to raise awareness and fund MPN research. The money donated to their Firstgiving page will support the MPN Research Foundation. They want to raise awareness and fund MPN Research.
Antonio Colao, was 67 years old, married for almost 45 years. He had recently retired after running a successful business for many years. He had 3 children and 5 grandchildren. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He taught his children the importance of family, having a strong work ethic, and generosity of heart. He was a strong force of energy. He was always smiling and had the ability to make anyone feel welcome. He provided his family with an extraordinary sense of security. Every morning he would drive by their houses and wave. His grand kids would say “there goes Nonno, doing his drive-by”.
On August 16, 2014, Antonio began a very long and intense 7-month battle with a diagnosis of Myelofibrosis. He experienced numerous hospitalizations, chemotherapy appointments, and blood transfusions. In February, he lost his battle with Myelofibrosis surrounded by his family that adored him.
To support their efforts and make a contribution go to: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/teresa-luedke/TeresaLuedkesPage
You can help them raise awareness and fund MPN research.
Let’s Fight Together for anyone else affected by Myelofibrosis!
Contributed by Jennifer Acker
These represent first person accounts of real people living with Essential Thrombocythemia, Polycythemia Vera and Myelofibrosis. It does not represent the views or opinions of anyone associated with the MPN Research Foundation. Please consult your doctor before taking any action to manage your health.