Cathy Garry, pictured here in Ocean City, NJ, with her husband, James, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and began treatment at a community hospital near her home. Just four years later, in 2007, Cathy learned she had a second cancer diagnosis – cervical cancer. Although the cancer initially went into remission, she experienced a recurrence in the fall of 2008. That is when she and her family sought the medical expertise at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Unfortunately, the cancer was very aggressive and following a courageous and inspirational fight, Cathy passed away in September 2009.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Cathy in 2008 when my colleagues and I treated her for her recurrence. She was a very special woman. Her family believes that those who met Cathy knew what a caring and compassionate individual she was. I couldn’t agree more.
Her family shares, “During her time at Fox Chase Cancer Center she received the best care possible. The staff of doctors and nurses at Fox Chase cannot be described in words. They are the most caring and compassionate professionals that you can deal with during the most difficult and trying time a family can go through. We cannot say enough about the quality of care our mother received while at Fox Chase.”
Her family continues, “Though she is physically is no longer with us, Cathy’s love and kindness continue to live on in all those that knew her.” Cathy’s three children and their spouses established Cathy’s Kids, a non-profit foundation that honors the memory of a loving wife, mother and friend.
The mission of the Cathy’s Kids Foundation is to provide comfort and joy to children currently dealing with the effects of cancer. The organization strongly embraces the idea that HOPE is the best weapon against cancer. Ring a bell? Love Versus Cancer … maybe so!
The foundation holds an annual Cathy Garry Memorial Golf Tournament to raise funds to send a family affected by cancer to Walt Disney World. For more information about the foundation or to make a donation, visit www.golfforcathy.com.
Despite three bouts with cancer, she never complained about her own situation or health. Cathy’s focus in life was always the well-being of others. They appreciate your support in keeping her caring and compassionate spirit alive. Cathy would be touched to know that children were being helped in her name.
As always, your support, generosity, and prayers are greatly appreciated!
Watch Cathy’s video here: