‘Party 4 Life' at Misericordia University

By Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 03/03 2014 01:55AM

Updated 03/03 2014 02:00AM

Lucy Stanovick knew the odds were against her when she was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer in 2008. By the time the wife and mother of two was diagnosed, the cancer had spread to other regions of her body. Undeterred, the Saylorsburg, Pa., resident researched the disease and then established The Lucy Fund in order to raise awareness and funding for metastasis research.

 Mrs. Stanovick lived for 4½ years with the disease and organized five “Party 4 Life” events herself – all of which benefitted The Lucy Fund. Overall, the Stanovick family has organized six “Party 4 Life’’ events that have raised more than $201,000 for research efforts at the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) and the NFCR Center for Metastasis Research at The University of Kansas Medical Center under the direction of Danny Welch, Ph.D.
“Our goal is to fund research that will lead to the ability to control metastasis,’’ said Mrs. Stanovick’s son, Nicholas, a sophomore English and philosophy double major at Misericordia University. “Ninety percent of people who die from cancer die because their cancer has metastasized, but less than 5 percent of cancer funding research goes into that.’’

The inaugural “Party 4 Life at Misericordia University” will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30 on campus. The event kicks off March 29 with the Platinum Street Ballers competing in a basketball game in the Anderson Sports and Health Center at 3 p.m. Tickets for the game are $3.

Registration for “Party 4 Life’’ is from 4-4:30 p.m. on March 30 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The event in Dudrick, Muth, Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 216-219 is from 4-8 p.m. It features food, activities, games, a balloon release, and guest speakers, including the Stanovick family. There is a suggested donation of $10 each to participate.

The public can participate in the two-day event for $10 by registering at https://secure.nfcr.org/page/contribute/Party4Life-MU. For more information about The Lucy Fund, please log on to www.nfcr/lucyfund.
“We’re trying to make metastatic cancer chronic, not deadly, by coordinating impactful events that empower communities, colleges, and businesses to financially support metastatic research,’’ Nicholas said, repeating the mission statement for The Lucy Fund. “We want to make it like being diagnosed with diabetes.’’
The Pleasant Valley High School graduate also wants to make a career out of raising money and awareness in the ongoing battle against metastatic cancer. He has secured a paid summer internship with the NFCR and envisions working for the national agency after graduation.
“We (Nicholas and childhood friend, Jalen Blot) decided we want to make this our career focus. We want to make The Lucy Fund a national organization and make it accessible to people around the country,’’ Nicholas said. “College students are very willing to support a cause. You just have to give them one that is worthy of their time and attention.’’
All proceeds from the events at Misericordia University benefit The Lucy Fund, which raises money in support of the NFCR and metastasis research under the direction of Dr. Welch at the NFCR Center for Metastasis Research.
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu.

Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

( Information from Paul Krzywicki)

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