As many of you are aware, last year we started an annual golf outing to honor my wife’s mother, Arlene Ruccio Meyer, who lost her life to breast cancer. It’s tough to put into words how grateful we are for the amazing support we received and generosity we were shown by all who contributed.
I never actually had the opportunity to meet or know Arlene; however, I can only imagine the type of woman she was based on my blessed relationships with her husband, her son, and the love of my life, her daughter Sherri. Every day I am so fortunate to share my life with the woman that Arlene helped create. And for those that participated last year, I am confident that the day’s beautiful weather was a direct reflection of the happiness Arlene was feeling looking down on the start of something special.
At the time of Arlene’s passing in 1983, our technology was limited and the public’s awareness was nowhere near what it is today. Although research has allowed us to make tremendous strides since then, we’re still far from a cure for breast cancer. In fact, I’m sure each and every one of you knows someone who has been affected by this devastating disease.
This year, we were fortunate enough to go up to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey on Friday to present them with a check for $11,012.66. Please see the above picture with Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer. I can’t tell you how much praise we received for the large amount of money we raised for breast cancer research.
– Jason Eckhardt, BlueGrace New Jersey