The Callaghan Family's Charity
Dan and Betty Callaghan, owners of Callaghan Tire, began a charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in 2006 to raise money for cancer research because cancer had struck their family and they became passionate to help in the fight!
Betty's sister Margie Semonick was diagnosed prior to 2006 with breast cancer and had a mastectomy and underwent chemo and radiation. Then in 2007, Dan and Betty's youngest daughter, Jane Trinci, battled HER 2 positive breast cancer with over a year of treatments that included surgery, chemo and radiation. Her prognosis was bleak, but she defied the odds.
Four months later in March of 2008, Dan and Betty's second youngest daughter, Patty Virgilio, was found to have a malignant lump on her breast. Patty underwent a mastectomy and was declared "cancer free" Then in 2012, Patty was given the dreadful diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, surely a death sentence with only a 4-7% survival rate. After enduring surgery, more than 60 rounds of chemo and radiation, she is still fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to her lungs and neck. Patty attributes her survival to her continued treatments, a large support team, faith and a great sense of humor! Then in November 2014, Patty had a third diagnosis of thyroid cancer, which was taken care of through surgery. Patty is fighting the fight and grabbing as much life as possible!
You can follow her journey on her Facebook page "Team Patty".
All proceeds from the Callaghan Tire Charity Pro-Am goes to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida to help those stricken with cancer "fight the fight"!