Buddy Check: Judi Rocks Event


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)     It’s been nearly ten-years since a Dunmore woman lost her battle to uterine cancer, but the legacy of Judi Perry Hartridge lives on through a fundraiser in her memory.
     The “Judi H Rock On” event has raised over two-hundred thousand dollars in just five-years.
    Our Jasmine Brooks shares her story in this month’s Buddy Check.

Paul Labelle and his niece Judi Perry Hartride were always very close.
    Not only was Judi his first niece, but she was the family’s first grand baby.

 “Very special. So she was spoiled all the way through.”

    But Judi’s arrival into the world wasn’t exactly easy.
    Her mother Peggy had fertility issues, causing some complications.

“The whole family prayed and Peggy says, if i have my first child if I have one, if its a girl…  It’s going to be Jude for a boy and Judi for a girl.” Said Paul

    Named after Saint Jude, the patron saint of hope and impossible causes, Judi was a miracle baby.
    But her life was cut short in 2007, after a year-long battle with uterine cancer.

    Judi had just celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband John, and her son “Johnny” was just five-years-old.

 “I knew then that somewhere, somehow I wanted to do something.”
    Paul, a longtime musician teamed up with his friend Jim Barrett, who owned a trucking company.
    The duo created an idea that would spread like wildfire.

    A fundraising event filled with live music and this tractor trailer, dedicated to Judi.

    While the truck raises awareness, the annual fundraiser called “Judi H Rock On” raises money for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

“Unfortunately, this is the only way I will ever know Judi,  but I know her spirit’s still here and everyone still says wonderful things about her and the stories.” Said Amanda Marchegiani of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

Judi H Rock On 6 is this Saturday night beginning at 6:00 at the Saint Mary’s Center in Scranton.
    Tickets will be available the door for 25-dollars which includes food, entertainment and entry for door prizes.

    And as always this is your monthly reminder to call you Buddy to make sure they make their health a priority.

Also the The Northeast Regional Caner Institute will be the focus of  Newsmakers airing Sunday, October 9th  on WBRE and WYOU

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