Gloria's Gala

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Spring Hill

117 Pond Road

South Berwick, Maine 03908

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Please join us for a fundraising night to benefit Gloria Laverriere as she undergoes cancer treatments. This dance will also be a silent auction featuring goods donated by family and friends- No donation is too small!

I could sit here and tell you Gloria’s life story and I am quite sure you would empty your bank account and sell your home to save this sweet woman. But the darkness she has overcome is not who she is. She is a beam of light and all that is good in this world. So instead, I would like to tell you about our Gloria and all the goodness that she is. Gloria is an angel on earth. She is a wife of 20 years to her soulmate, Steve. She is a mother to Jade, angel Jaime, Caitlin and Danielle. She is a Memaw and Memere to Joseph and Henry. She is a daughter. She is an aunt, a sister, a best friend. Gloria is the most selfless person you will ever meet.

After talking with her for one minute you will forever be connected. If after that one minute has passed, she finds out you need help with anything in life – driving to an appointment, a home project, a fundraising event – she will be at your house later that day eager to help. Gloria is a feeler. When she loves you, you know it. If her loved one is hurting, she is hurting. If they are celebrating, she is celebrating. She is the ultimate cheerleader. She is always in your corner, encouraging you and offering you anything you need to succeed. It is impossible to have a bad day if you are spending it with her. She will always greet you with a big smile and hug and her signature blonde curls. She is sunshine. She is energetic. Always cleaning. Loves to shop.

A day does not pass without Gloria saying “I am so blessed”. She has never once let her circumstances rob her life of happiness and fullness. In the 20 years I have known Gloria she has had various jobs, but her life’s work has been as a caretaker. She was a caretaker for her mother Joanne, through a long battle of emphysema. She was a caretaker for her mother in law Yolande, through dementia. She was a caretaker for her father, through decades of failing health. She cared for us as children and continues into adulthood. She is a caretaker for her grandbabies, who squeal in excitement when they arrive at Memere and Pepere’s house. She is a caretaker for her husband. It is now our time to be Gloria’s caretaker.

On May 1st Gloria was diagnosed with melanoma caused by years of steroid treatments for her Crohn’s disease. Her cancer is stage 4. She will receive treatments at Dana Farber in Boston beginning next week. Please consider donating a giftcard, monetary amount, service, and prayer to help our family in this extremely difficult time. Gloria is 53 years young and has a lot of living left to do.

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