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Heartbreak and hope: Family faces two devastating cancer diagnoses

In Charity, New York Life, Why you need life insurance on April 7, 2011 at 1:40 am

Professionally, I find that many clients want to “hold off” on purchasing their life insurance.  I stress the fact that we truly never know what will happen to us, and share with them the importance of protecting our insurability. 


Elisa and Nathan Bond’s life seemed perfect. Not long after their fairy-tale wedding, they had a beautiful baby girl who was growing into a happy toddler. Outside of a few extra pounds Elisa wanted to shed, she couldn’t think of a single thing wrong with their lives.

But on Valentine’s Day, the fabric of their existence started to unravel. Nathan, 38, learned he had Stage 3 colon cancer and only a 65 percent chance of surviving the next five years.

They were still absorbing the news when, just nine days later, 36-year-old Elisa received an even worse diagnosis: the lump in her breast was malignant and her cancer had already spread. She had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, and her chances of surviving another five years are just 16 percent.

Elisa has only one request for those following her family’s story, she told TODAY: “If you envision our circumstance, don’t envision the cancer, envision the healing. Envision us playing with Sadie when she’s 5, when she’s 10… arguing about the keys to the car when she’s 16. That’s what we ask.”

Read the full story & watch the video clip from the TODAY SHOW here!  To donate to Elisa & Nate, visit their blog.

If you or someone you know is “putting off” the decision to fund a life insurance policy, please share this story with them. 

For more information on New York Life Insurance Company, the products we offer, or for a free consultation please contact Jenilee Wirtz at 860-716-9899 or


Coventry PuzzleThon to Benefit ASCONN- The Autism Society of CT

In Charity, Child ID Program, Community Events, East Hampton on February 23, 2011 at 4:29 am

On Saturday March 5th New York Life will PROUDLY be bringing the New York Life CHILD ID Program to the Coventry CT Puzzlethon!  This event, the ASCONN Puzzlethon, is a unique fundraiser created especially to benefit the Connecticut Autism Community.  Check out the event’s FB page here!

So what is it? It’s like a Walk-A-Thon, except participants raise money by doing puzzles: jigsaw, crossword, sudoku, word search, any times of puzzles!

Why Puzzles? The puzzle piece is the most recognized symbol of the autism community. Many individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder excel at doing puzzles. Through Puzzlethon TM, persons with autism can enjoy meaningful and therapeautic social interactions doing puzzles with non-autistic individuals.

How it works – Individuals or teams are sponsored for participation, for each puzzle completed, or for a fixed amount.

When is it? – SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2011 12 noon to 4pm at Coventry High School.

Sign up your school, community group, employer, service organization, family and more for this outstanding project!
All proceeds from Puzzlethon TM will benefit the programs and services of ASCONN.

For more information, please contact:

Kristen Bilotta-Brzozowski-860-989-0738 or Carolyn Dionne-860-985-3558

Can’t attend but you’d like to help?

We are looking for Puzzles!!! Call for info if interested in sponsoring a Table or Game, donating food & drink items, or donating to ASCONN.  All are welcome!  There will Puzzles of all kinds, games, facepainting, and plenty of food & drinks. Don’t miss it!  Tell your friends!

Crayons for Cancer

In Charity, Community Events, Holiday on December 7, 2010 at 2:08 am

This weekend I had the opportunity to meet Emily, the little hero who started Crayons for Cancer at six years old!

Help spread the word about this wonderful organization!

Who they support:

Crayons for Cancer is a charity that raises money to help ease the financial burdens of families whose children are currently suffering from the devastating effects of cancer.Crayons for Cancer helps

How they do it:

Crayons for Cancer collects old, broken crayons from families, classrooms, and restaurants.  The crayons are then peeled (at Crayon Peeling Parties), placed into molds, and melted down into fun shapes.

What’s the end result?   BIG, colorful crayons shaped as animals, flowers, legos, hearts, stars, insects, and etc.  The Crayons are sold for $1.00 at different locations all over the state.

How you can help:

  • Donate your old crayons!  I will come pick up your broken old Crayolas for Crayons for Cancer!  Feel free to email me at for more information.
  • Look into hosting a Crayon Peeling Party in your community today…a great idea for Community Service!
  • Help their cause today!

Give a Gift that Gives Back

In Alzheimer's Association, Charity, Holiday on November 30, 2010 at 12:39 am

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (or started it like me) you’ve got to check this out!

The CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is selling Pandora/Troll beads to support their cause!

Alzheimer’s is the 7th leading cause of death; let’s all put a stop to this devastating disease.  Our family has been greatly affected by Alzheimer’s, and its victims are shockingly young.  “In the United States, 5.3 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and a new individual is diagnosed with the disease every 70 seconds.”

To order your bead, call the Connecticut Alz. Chapter at 860-828-2828 and ask for Patty. For more information on the fundraiser, you can check out their website here.  Follow them on Twitter @AlzCT