Making Strides of Bergen County

Stacy's Squad

Stacy Lynn Strobel-Melvin was the very definition of a selfless woman. Generous, compassionate, and warm are just a few of the many adjectives others would use to describe her. Her incredible work ethic and unstoppable drive were inspirational and something my siblings and I always admired. No matter what hardship she faced, our mother never took a backward step. She met all challenges head on with calmness and patience, regardless of their size. Unintimidated, she worked to whittle them down to their least formidable shape before arriving at a simple, workable solution. Unfortunately, no amount of planning could have prepared her for what was to come.

 

On August 16, 2020, less than a year after being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, we lost our mother at the age of 54. Through the devastation and grief, there were still so many unanswered questions swirling in our heads. How could this have happened? What could we have done differently? And the biggest of them all: Why did this happen to her?

 

In the wake of her diagnosis, Stacy would not let cancer stop her. Throughout chemo, surgery and radiation she continued to give her all to everything and everyone - including work. Yes, you read that correctly. She continued to work around her cancer treatment schedule during a pandemic, nonetheless. Being a Nurse for more than 30 years and spending the majority of that time as a Research Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Center monitoring clinical drug trials, she steadfastly refused to stop. While receiving treatments or during her hospital admissions, it was rare to see her without her laptop open completing her work tasks. It was one of the most admirable things about our mother, she never stopped and gave every task her all.  One thing to know about mom was that as much as she loved us, she had a very special place in her heart for her patients. During patient visits, she would routinely catch up on personal topics first before assuming the role of Nurse/Research Coordinator. She prided herself on seeing them as people first, patients second. She never lost sight of the human component of medicine that is too often lost. This passion ultimately allowed her to form strong bonds and long-time friendships, deepening the love for her work. This was revealed by the multitude of testimonies from her patients when she passed.

 

Beyond career, there was another hat our mother wore very proudly: #1 Fan. Whether it was academics, sports or life, mom was always our biggest cheerleader. Being a former college basketball athlete herself, mom had a very special place in her heart for sports. No matter where we were on the field, court, track or ice, we could always hear her chants of “Go Hawks” or “Let’s go Avs” echoing through the air.

 

There are so many incredible stories that can be told about our beautiful mom. She might not physically be here any longer but her legacy, through her children and family, will live on forever. We know she is always watching over us, protecting us, cheering us on, and sending tons of hugs and kisses from heaven.

 

Please consider making a donation to Stacy’s Squad as we walk to honor and remember the remarkable woman that was Stacy Strobel-Melvin. In addition, please consider making a gift to The Stacy Fund, a scholarship for Holy Name School of Nursing, so the next generation of nurses may pick up where she left off.   Donations may be made at: https://www.holyname.org/foundation/

 

 

Stacy's Squad - Join Team Raised
Rising Star Kayleen Melvin $77.75
Vanessa Ambrose $0.00
Noreen Byrne $0.00
Gabriella Cortina $0.00
Chris Coughlan $0.00
Juliette DeTitta $0.00
Ciara Downey $0.00
Kristin Flanigan $0.00
Theresa Flanigan $0.00
Brady Forcier $0.00
Halle Golden $0.00
Jacklyn Gonzalez $0.00
June Halper $0.00
Liz Halsall $0.00
Elbanerys Henriquez $0.00
Pink Powerhouse I made a personal gift Alyssa LaBarre $466.50
I made a personal gift Jessica Lee $20.00
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift John Maflin $200.00
Jack Marchesani $0.00
Rejeena Mathew $0.00
Sarah Mazza $0.00
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Emily McGovern $150.00
Super Strider I made a personal gift Lauren McGovern $675.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Erin Melvin $98.85
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Ryan Melvin $152.75
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Thomas Melvin $105.50
Rising Star I made a personal gift Jane Murphy $50.00
Emily Oboyle $0.00
Jennifer Osterlof $0.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Jessica Osterlof $35.00
Isabel Pens $0.00
Eric Ponczek $0.00
Rising Star James Ponczek $52.75
Fabulous Fundraiser Linnea Ponczek $200.00
Dan Quinn $0.00
Irene Quinn $0.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Caroline Rebosio $50.00
Marina Reilly $0.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Cassandra Reng $35.00
Julia Santosuosso $0.00
Karen Scarpa $0.00
Sindy Spitaleri $0.00
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Jason Strobel $100.00
Jean Strobel $0.00
Super Strider I made a personal gift Richard Strobel $524.75
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Andrea Teran $101.65
Ian Tolotti $0.00
Ian Tolotti $0.00
Jarred Tolotti $0.00
Grand Club I made a personal gift Kimberly Tolotti $1,156.88
Julio Velez $0.00
Joe Zevits $0.00
Team Gifts $8,089.11
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Stacy Lynn Strobel-Melvin was the very definition of a selfless woman. Generous, compassionate, and warm are just a few of the many adjectives others would use to describe her. Her incredible work ethic and unstoppable drive were inspirational and something my siblings and I always admired. No matter what hardship she faced, our mother never took a backward step. She met all challenges head on with calmness and patience, regardless of their size. Unintimidated, she worked to whittle them down to their least formidable shape before arriving at a simple, workable solution. Unfortunately, no amount of planning could have prepared her for what was to come.

 

On August 16, 2020, less than a year after being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, we lost our mother at the age of 54. Through the devastation and grief, there were still so many unanswered questions swirling in our heads. How could this have happened? What could we have done differently? And the biggest of them all: Why did this happen to her?

 

In the wake of her diagnosis, Stacy would not let cancer stop her. Throughout chemo, surgery and radiation she continued to give her all to everything and everyone - including work. Yes, you read that correctly. She continued to work around her cancer treatment schedule during a pandemic, nonetheless. Being a Nurse for more than 30 years and spending the majority of that time as a Research Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Center monitoring clinical drug trials, she steadfastly refused to stop. While receiving treatments or during her hospital admissions, it was rare to see her without her laptop open completing her work tasks. It was one of the most admirable things about our mother, she never stopped and gave every task her all.  One thing to know about mom was that as much as she loved us, she had a very special place in her heart for her patients. During patient visits, she would routinely catch up on personal topics first before assuming the role of Nurse/Research Coordinator. She prided herself on seeing them as people first, patients second. She never lost sight of the human component of medicine that is too often lost. This passion ultimately allowed her to form strong bonds and long-time friendships, deepening the love for her work. This was revealed by the multitude of testimonies from her patients when she passed.

 

Beyond career, there was another hat our mother wore very proudly: #1 Fan. Whether it was academics, sports or life, mom was always our biggest cheerleader. Being a former college basketball athlete herself, mom had a very special place in her heart for sports. No matter where we were on the field, court, track or ice, we could always hear her chants of “Go Hawks” or “Let’s go Avs” echoing through the air.

 

There are so many incredible stories that can be told about our beautiful mom. She might not physically be here any longer but her legacy, through her children and family, will live on forever. We know she is always watching over us, protecting us, cheering us on, and sending tons of hugs and kisses from heaven.

 

Please consider making a donation to Stacy’s Squad as we walk to honor and remember the remarkable woman that was Stacy Strobel-Melvin. In addition, please consider making a gift to The Stacy Fund, a scholarship for Holy Name School of Nursing, so the next generation of nurses may pick up where she left off.   Donations may be made at: https://www.holyname.org/foundation/

 

 

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Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Location: East Rutherford, NJ

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How Fundraising Impacts Your Community

Cancer hits far too close to home, so the funds you raise will help do the same. Through services and resources like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline, cancer patients and their families will feel the love. Here’s how recent money raised has been put to incredible uses.

As of January 2022, we have invested $71 M for potentially lifesaving breast cancer specific research grants.

We have received over 250,000 calls and chats from patients and caregivers seeking support in 2021

Cancer patients benefited from ACS transportation support through our Road TO Recovery program and transportation grants in 2021, with nearly 229,000 rides provided.

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