Write Off Cancer

Diane Covino Fitzgerald, like so many other women before her, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. That diagnosis began a 15-year battle involving chemotherapy, clinical trials, radiation, and hospital stays. But the most remarkable thing about Diane – a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend to many – was her unquenchable optimism. Even in the toughest circumstances, she would be heard to say, “How blessed am I.”

Diane always found the time to write and send notes of love, support, and encouragement to the people in her life. She never missed an opportunity, whether it was a birthday, someone’s first day of work, or for no particular reason at all. Her battle with cancer never stopped her from writing. Regardless of her struggles, she took a couple of minutes to remind the people around her that she loved them – something that many of us forget to do as we get caught up in our daily routines and hectic lives.

The United Martial Arts Center will be selling pens by “Diane’s Pen Pals.” They will be available in the UMAC Pro Shop. The net proceeds of the sales will be donated to cancer research and patient care.

Continue Diane’s tradition and take a few minutes out of your day to write a note to someone you love or who you know is in need of a smile. A small act of kindness like Diane’s can go a long way and last a lifetime.

For more information, visit the website at www.dianespenpals.com.

By: United Martial Arts Center


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