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May 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
My name is Anthony Pacella. I am currently twenty years old and I am the founder of StrikeOut Cancer Fund. This fundraiser supports cancer, in particular lung cancer. StrikeOut Cancer Fund raises awareness towards this type of cancer and helps support the individuals as well as the families who are affected by this illness. In the past, all the contributions from this fundraiser has been donated towards St. Mary’s Hospital Lung Cancer research in memory of my mom Mary Melillo Pacella. I have organized four bowl-a-thons and a halloween bash.
Through these events, StrikeOut Cancer has raised over than $90,000 in the last six years.
My motive behind creating this entire event was my mother, she was the primary reason why I wanted to start doing fundraisers. August of 2010, my mother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. This was a huge shock to my entire family, it was completely unexpected. We were all devastated and like many others who have experienced this terrible news, we never expected this would happen to us. This horrible event just illustrates that life is unexpected, especially due to the fact that my mother had never smoked a cigarette in her entire life. Since that unforgettable day, it was and still is a tremendously difficult time in our lives. My mother was that one person who made us feel safe, she’s the one we miss greatly, she brought us love and endless happiness.There are a million words to describe what a perfect person my mother was. Unfortunately, my mother lost her life at the age of 52 to cancer on January 6th, 2011. She left this world with two young children and a great husband. It is unexplainable to describe what we have gone through. Since my mother’s death, I am trying to live in her footsteps especially in her legacy. I hope to show others, especially young adults that anyone can make a difference in society no matter how young you may be. In addition, I would like to let others become aware that even non-smokers can be diagnosed with lung cancer.



StrikeOut Cancer supports cancer, in particular lung cancer. Its main objectives are to raise awareness and help support the individuals as well as the families who are affected by this illness. StrikeOut Cancer started back in 2011 and we have raised $90,000. This year, with our partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Quebec / Fais-Un-Vœu Québec, our goal is to make another a young child’s wish come true. For this wish to have come true, we need to once again raise at least $10 000.



  • 2535, Curé-Labelle
    Laval, Québec H7T 1R6 Canada
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