The Cristine Meredith Miele Fund
A Restricted Fund of VNA Health Group created to uniquely support Community Breast Health Initiatives.
The Cristine Meredith Miele Fund (formerly known as the Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation) raises money to promote the early detection, prevention and awareness of breast cancer. Through our work, women in our community will to be able to receive the screening, testing (including genetic) and diagnostic work needed for early detection and prevention regardless of insurance or financial means. Detecting breast cancer early, before it metastasizes, results in significantly higher chances for survival. By helping advance risk assessment and early detection efforts, it is our hope that we will help women live longer, more peaceful lives.
Cristine Meredith Miele (“Crissy”) was a mother, wife, avid athlete (racquet player, skier, golfer, and runner), world traveler, chef, gardener, and a dear friend to many. Crissy was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer when she was 28 years old. Pregnant with her third child, the pair went through a radical mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy together. She delivered her baby boy early to begin an even more intense treatment program that included more chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, radiation, and hormone therapy.
Crissy’s prognosis was not good, but she fought hard and lived another twelve years. She resumed playing competitive tennis and paddle tennis, skiing, playing golf and taking care of her three children with her husband in the most loving and wonderful way. When Crissy’s cancer returned, it had metastasized to her liver, lungs, and bones. She continued to fight into the last weeks of her life, never giving up hope that she would somehow beat the disease. Crissy passed away in July 2010, a valiant warrior in the fight against breast cancer and an inspiration to us all. Crissy left behind three children, ages 15, 14, and 12, as well as her husband of 22 years. Our Fund focuses on risk assessment and early detection so that other families need not go through the trauma of losing a mother and wife. Help us keep her efforts ongoing by supporting her cause.
Please call the VNA Philanthropy Department at 732.224.6780 for more information about supporting our Fund.
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