Gifts in memory allow family and friends to donate to Family Reach in remembrance of a loved one who has passed away from cancer or another illness. When you make a gift in memory, Family Reach will send a personalized card to the person or family you indicate, letting them know about your thoughtful donation.

If you would like to have family and friends make gifts to Family Reach in lieu of flowers, please contact Carla Tardif, CEO of Family Reach, at

Memorial Messages 2017

Kassidy Freedman

May the memories you made and the love you shared with your beloved Kassidy bring you comfort and solace now and forever

-Brian and Kristina Morello

Kenji- I pray that your knowing how loved Kassidy was will somehow ease the pain you are feeling. The work you do for Family Reach will be a huge part of her legacy my friend. With love

-The Langs

Always in our hearts forever and ever

-Alex Loria

My heart if so full of sadness for those who love Kassidy. There are no words sufficient for comfort. Losing a child is the greatest pain anyone can suffer. However, with that said, the memories will become more clear and more beautiful as time goes by. I must warn you that after all of the caring remarks are over, the pain will deepen before it becomes easier. Losing a lovely and loving child breaks your heart but your memories in themselves, will ease the pain over time. Be thankful (everyday) for the time you shared and smiles will fill your heart

-Julane Grant Davis

Kenji – Words cannot express how awful I feel for you, Kimberly and your families. I’ve known you for 43 years and love you as my brother. You are truly one of the great ones! Please know that I am here for you, as you were for me when Jacob was diagnosed, for whatever you need!! My sincere condolences to all of you. With Love


In loving memory of Kassidy. May her beautiful soul rest in peace

-Lena El-Chehabi

My deepest condolences on the tragic passing of your daughter

-Harold Boll

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

-Ann Munchmeyer

With love and respect to Kassidy, who graced this world all too briefly

-Eric Freedman and Ryan Ratliff

So very sorry for the loss of this beautiful young soul. My condolences to Kassidy’s loved ones and friends

-Connie Mooney

Kenji – Words cannot express my sorrow for you. I can’t imagine the pain you are going through right now, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your many memories of Kassidy help to sustain you at this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy

-Karen Moore

My heart is with you. May Kassidy’s memory be for a blessing

-Beth Elliott Covelli

With very deepest sympathies

-Katherine Meuse

The ones we love, are never gone, will forever stay in our hearts. Kenji, no words can ease your pain, but may your beautiful and loving daughter Kassidy’s memory be a blessing. I’m sure she will forever guide you and watch over you from wherever she might be

-Carolina Voss

Kassidy had a beautiful soul just like you Kenji . Love you so much. RIP Beautiful

-Diana Herbert

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Know that you are loved by so many friends whose lives you have touched

-Myrna & Luis Perez (Trisha’s Parents)

In Memory of Kassidy and in honor of the dedicated Family Reach work of Kenji Freedman

-CJ Yanofsky

Kenji, Words cannot describe how I feel about your loss. Life is so unfair and you didn’t deserve a pain like that. Keep Kassidy always alive and share all the good memories you have with her around the world. I am in Spain and I cannot be with you today or tomorrow but I can’t stop thinking of you and your family. I am here for you always

-Ana Perez-Muelas

Kenji, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved daughter. May her memory be strengthened in part by this small donation to a very worthy cause

-Carolyn J Gregoire

We will always cherish our time together and you will remain in our hearts forever

-Debbie, Hunter,Sara and Emily

Kenji – Our thoughts and prayers are with you

-Kristin & David Taylor

Kenji, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Kassidy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

-Ginny Sheldon

In memory of Kassidy, a kind-hearted soul who’s light will shine on through her dad and others who do good for those that need help the most

-Alexa, Ginger, and the Life-Cycle family

Our grief is great, like so many others whose lives were touched by your beautiful daughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers…we know how strong you are and we hope that strength will carry you through these dark days. Of course, we are also confident that the amazing and loving memories of Kassidy will bring you comfort during the darkest of moments. Peace be with you, Kenji. Love to you!

-The Loria Family

So very, very sorry for your unimaginable loss of Kassidy. May memories of your happy times together help to gradually ease your pain. With deepest sympathy

-Christine McKenna

In memory of and to honor the life of Kassidy and in support of Kenji and family

-Steve Koenigsberg

Kenji-so sorry for your tragic loss-thoughts with you and your entire family

-David Schenkein

Deepest sympathy for your terrible loss….my thought and prayers are with you

-Annette Grant

Kenji – there are no words that can describe or explain the enormous pain of losing Kassidy to this tragedy. We, along with the entire Family Reach family, are here for you however we can lend our hearts and hands. Kassidy’s memory, spirit, and light will live on and we remember how giving and thoughtful she was even at a young age. She, and you, are in our deepest thoughts. Our sincere condolences and best wishes to you and your family

-Rick & D’Lynne

My deepest condolences

-Ed Mendelsohn

Kassidy was a vibrant part of our V.O. community and will be remembered with much love

-The Teachers and Staff at Vinson-Owen Elementary School

Our hearts go out to the family of Kassidy Freedman

-Soltzberg/Barglow Family, Temple Shir Tikvah

Our hearts go out to Coach Kenji during this difficult time

-LeeAnn and Steven Horner

In memory of Kassidy, amid great sadness … and in honor of Kenji, with great admiration

-Steven Eppinger and Julie Laukkanen

We learned about Kassidy through our PCP Dr. Rebecca Spoerri-Bowmann and we went through a similar situation with her ten year battle with metastatic breast cancer

-Ron And Carol Santoro

May the memory of Kassidy live on to those that she touched and the others she did not

-Robert Boucher, Michele Sloane & Sloane Schulze

We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss to your family and our community. Kenji and Kimberly, we pray for your healing and hope that the memory of her generosity and compassion lives on with you, her friends, and the people she touched in such a brief life

-Family Kolodziej

In memory of Kassidy. Our deepest sympathy

-Pam and Tom Gaither

Kenji, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may Kassidy’s memory be eternal

-Dana Regan

Our hearts are broken. Kassidy’s spirit will live in the many lives she touched, always

-The Sauer Family

Dear Nicole, There are no words. For Kenji, there is nothing that can possibly take away the pain of losing a child. He is living every parent’s nightmare. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love,

-Katy Gammack

In memory of Kassidy Freedman a beautiful, giving young woman who left this world far too soon

-Janet Molinari

In loving memory of Kassidy, whom we vividly remember as a wonderful young girl assisting her father at the BSC charity spins

-Dick Larson and Liz Murray

We will ALWAYS remember Kassidy

-Alan, Elliott, and Natalie Moore and Jane Irwin


Robin Burrows-Mello

In loving memory of Robin Burrows-Mello, mother of our dear friend Lauren. We love you.

– Loyola girls xo

Robert Storer

My dad died from prostate cancer in January. This June, in an effort to take my mind off the fact that I would be “celebrating” Father’s Day without him for the first time, I decided to raise money for Family Reach. My family was very lucky, because my dad had cancer insurance and the out of pocket expenses were minimal. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to have a loved one going through treatment and also have to worry about paying the bills or paying for medication.

-Lacey Storer

Thomas Friedmann

In loving memory of Thomas Friedmann, Illana Zalika’s father. Sending our deepest condolences.

– Niki & the DBE Team

Sharyn Finkelberg 

Wishing you lots of fun and a Happy 4th Birthday, Sully! In memory of your Bubby, Sharyn.

-Love you lots, Pearl, Howie, Daniel, Amy, Erin & Andrew

Dear Sully, Wishing you a wonderful 4th Birthday in Memory of your Bubby, Sharyn.

-Love you, Bubbie Bobbie & Zaidie Irving

Wishing you a Happy Birthday Sullivan, in memory of your Bubby! We love you.

-Rachel and Justin Silver

Thomas Wesley Berry

In Loving Memory of Wes

-Love, Larry & Donna Mason

James & Andrea

For all you have done for so many.

-Richard and Marie Rao

Michael I. Sabina

Thanks Pops! I miss you.

-Michael K. Sabina

Vincent Pellegrino

My Loving Husband Vincent,

Always and Forever in my Heart!


Emily DeRonda

You are in our hearts forever.

-Love Always, Matty, Sherrie, Matt III, Amanda and Ryan

Rita Lapinski

The Lapinski family has lost its wonderful matriarch, Rita. Even at age 92, Rita was giving back to her community. She had gifted Family Reach with countless beautifully crafted quilts for children battling cancer. Those colorful quilts surrounded the children with her loving care and comfort. Thank you again, Rita and Godspeed.

-Marilyn and Richard Morello

Salvatore Bruttaniti

Sal, here’s hoping you find a card game in heaven!

-Mario and Lucille Schito

Suzanne L. Ashe

Aunt Sue, you always made your home a place that welcomed family and guests to enjoy and share in the gifts of life. After a long life of fulfillment and challenges, may you be welcomed home to share in your deserved rewards.

-John and Susan McDonald

In loving memory of an amazing lady, a true inspiration to us all, and the most brilliant beacon my dear friend, Barb, and her entire family will ever follow, Suzanne Ashe. May she rest in eternal peace and shine her light upon us all. With love,

-Barbara Pacente

In loving memory of Aunt Sue.

-Jim & Nance Canzona

With our deepest sympathies, we hope you find comfort in your many happy memories.

-Terri and Tim Cribb

In memory of Suzanne Ashe. I have been fortunate to know Sue for the past several years spending Christmas Eve with her and her family. Her sense of humor, interest and affection for those around her were a treat to experience and witness. She will be missed.

-Lynn Johnson

In honor of your mom. She was a treasure & will be remembered fondly.

-Suzanne Kibort

With All Our Love,

-Your Choir Family

In Memory of Suzanne Ashe

-Andy & Maria Smith

What a beautiful, long life with the blessing of her family and friends. All are blessed knowing this fine woman.

-Melvin & Priscilla Bechina

Mark E. Vande Brake

In Loving Memory of Mark E. Vande Brake, 01/10/1957 – 08/18/2013

-Tony & Kolbie Vande Brake

My patients that have greatly benefited from Family Reach

Many thanks to all the families you’ve touched. As a social worker, I see the impact Family Reach has had on my patients and I am greatly fond of your support, which in turn helps my patients cope.

-Elda Lazaro

Memorial Messages 2016

Andrew Russoniello

Our cousin’s 13 year old son Andrew died in a tragic accident 3 month’s ago today. Andrew was a very giving person, of his time, energy and positive spirit, and tried to lift people up when they were struggling. We all want to keep that going, so in his name, and in his memory, we want to #belikeandrew and continue to pay it forward. Andrew, this gift in your name will help families whose kids are fighting cancer. Your legacy lives on.

-Karen & Bill Capuzzi

Albert Capuzzi

This Gift to Family Reach is in Memory of my Father in Law, Mr. Albert Capuzzi, who passed away in October 2010. He was first and foremost a family man, and I know he would be happy to know that this contribution goes towards helping families in need who are struggling with this awful disease.

-Karen & Bill Capuzzi

Lucas “Bear” Cervone

Warmly remembering Lucas now and always.

-Elizabeth Bishop

In honor of “Bear” – he was a fighter, and he will never be forgotten.

-The Kelly Family

Jerome Norden

Praying for Jerome’s soul and the entire family.

-Chris Wasinger

Thoughts and Prayers to the family.

-Brian Poling

In memory of Poppi
We have great memories of eating, cooking, baking and socializing with Joan and Jerry. We cherish those memories and graciousness and interest your dad always showed in me and my family.

-Stephanie Carmel

Jill and I are deeply saddened by the loss of your father. Please accept our sincere condolences…

-Carl and Jill Markman


Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts.

– Candy, Scott, Barbara, Brent and all of your friends at Fannie Mae

Joseph DeDeo

In loving memory of Joseph DeDeo.

-Carrie Brady, Jackie Catalano, Cassandra Fisher, Nicole Panebianco, and Lori Salamandra

In memory of our friend Joe with much love.

-Sandi & Bill Cardinale

Memorial Messages 2015

Patrick J. Boylan

Our love and prayers to the Boylan family. Pat was a great man whose legacy will continue through his wonderful family. A man whose character and values were inspiring to all those who knew him. We will miss him dearly. May God bless him in his eternal life in heaven!

-The Kenneally Family

Evelyn (Katimy) Mukarkar


I was so sorry to hear about your moms passing. It is never easy to lose a love one… seems she lived a full life and I am sure she is in a peaceful place now……My sincere condolences to you and your whole family.

-Lenny Johnson

Margaret Vogel

Thinking of you always mom.

-Bob and Joan

Jennifer Maihori

In memory of our daughter, Jennifer Maihori, who passed away from spinal an brain cancer in 2007.

-Clancy & Sue Maihori

Jerry Bisbee

A good man was lost to cancer.

-Marcia Bisbee

Nick Stoyan

Nick Stoyan, my daddy, who held my hand, made decisions, and was always there for me, when I had “AML” ( Adulthood Leukemia). I have been in remission for 37 years! I am thankful to God, my daddy, and Childrens Hospital LA.

-Monica Stoyan-Ernst

Corey Ernst

To my son Corey Patrick Ernst, Though you life was short, your words of wisdom are carried on. Thank you, Corey, for encouraging me to get involved to help families fighting cancer!

-Monica Stoyan-Ernst

Memorial Messages 2014

William Reid Johnson lll

Dear Becky, Pete, and family,
With sincere sympathy and prayers that God will give you help, strength, and hope during this time of sorrow. With caring thoughts and love.
— Susan, Jeff, and Emily

J. Robert Brown

In loving memory of Grandpa J. Robert Brown
— Phyllis & Jimmy Loverdi

Memorial Messages 2013

Morton Brownstein

Morty Brownstein was an amazing man. I met him through business, but he made me feel like I was one of the family. One of my favorite people. He was generous and giving to everyone. He will be missed by everyone who ever knew him.
— Phyllis and Jim Loverdi

Louis J. Savvides

Please accept our donation in memory of Lou. A very wonderful person who will be missed.
— Anna and Mike Allison

Sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
— Kristos, Michael, and Kathy Miliotis

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Louie will be missed by many.
— Chris and Laura Papas

Alberta C. (Galligan) Sundberg

Dear Bridget, Claire, and Owen,
We are very sorry for the loss of your dear Mom and Grandmother. We know that she was very special to you and your family, and we hope you can take comfort in knowing that she is at peace. With sympathy.
— Jeff, Karen, and Zane

In memory of Alberta Sundberg.
— The Anzevinos

Dan and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Beth and Fred Muhleman

Dear Uncle Frank, Aunt Eileen, and all the Galligans,
We were so very sorry to hear of Alberta passing. We know she was not only a wonderful sister, but wonderful mother, aunt, and grandmother. We hope you are all doing well.
— Mike, Kathy, Taryn, Alyssa, and Chris Mahoney.

I am sending this to help all victims of cancer and their family. In memory of a very lovely lady, Alberta Sundberg, and her dear family.
— Bernadette Carroll

Dan, Kate, and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
— Rob Peterson, Mike Trotter, Jim Schmitt, Eric Striegel, Deonna Fritz

Trish – So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a super lady and always a pleasure to talk to.
— Tracey Drechsel

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
— Aileen Heidkamp

Trish, whenever I saw your mom she was at her personal best—friendly, loving, and supportive—a very special, family-oriented person. It was a pleasure to spend time in her company.
— Nancy Drechsel

Memorial Messages 2012

Barbara Tyzbir

Mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Barbara Tyzbir passed away April 1, 2011.
Thank you Mom for always being here for us, Loving and taking care of us.
— Peter and Annie Dubas

Linda Dattoli

Linda Merlucci Dattoli of Ocean Township, N.J., left an everlasting imprint of joy on all of the lives she touched. She was born on May 4, 1953, in East Orange, N.J. She was the loving daughter of the late John and Ida Merlucci; devoted sister to Carol Alesi; beloved aunt to John, Cory, and Andrea; wonderful cousin to her extended family; and cherished friend to countless many.
There is a new shining star in heaven, our beautiful cousin Linda Dattoli left this earth on Friday April 20th. Her light will be in our hearts forever. Linda, we will never forget you.
— Mario & Lucille

John P. McMahon

On April 27, 2012, Family Reach founders Brian and Kristina Morello were saddened by the sudden loss of their beloved Uncle John. He was an avid hunter and passed away while doing what he enjoyed most—hunting. John proudly served his country in the United State Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. John graduated from Passaic County Tech and attended William Paterson University. He later owned Beauty Guard Manufacturing, and retired in 2011 as a project manager at Bay Roofing & Construction in Fairfield. John was an active member and trustee at the West Paterson Boys and Girls Club and loved playing Texas Hold’em—recently winning 2nd place in the World Series of Poker Tournament. He leaves behind an extended family that will miss him dearly.

Jean Arace

Jean Arace (née Catania) 99, of West Orange died on Friday, March 9, 2012 at St. Barnabas Medical Center. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Rosary Society of St. Joseph Church.
A loving Sister and Aunt who shall always be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Passing on March 9th after 99 years young. May Eternal rest be granted to her, O Lord, and may restful waters refresh her soul.
— The Ferraioli Family

Donald LaPenna III

Donald LaPenna III, 24, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was a devoted son, brother, grandson, and beloved fiance.
With deepest sympathy.
— Peter & Becky Vardakis

Kenneth J. Loehr

We are very saddened to share with you the news of the passing of Deb Loehr’s father, Ken Loehr on July 2, 2012. Many of us enjoyed watching Deb dance the evening away with her father at Oldies Night in years past, and the whole family regularly attended many of our other events. Deb has been a close friend of Mrs. Mo for many years, as one of the first tennis event committee members. From annual events to last-minute requests, Deb is always there for Family Reach, just as she was there for her father throughout his illness. We are keeping his family and friends in our thoughts. With our sympathies.
— Laura, Karen, and Michele Canetti

Ken was one of the nicest and most down-to-earth persons I have had the fortune of knowing and being friends with for many years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him!
— Raji, Vish, and Anusha

Jennie Podurgiel

Jennie will always be remembered for her love of family and being a devoted friend. She will also be remembered for her sense of humor, interesting stories, her love of cooking and baking—which she enjoyed sharing—and her beautiful crocheted blankets which she enjoyed making for newborns and donating to people in need.
In loving memory of Zia Jennie. Our deepest sympathies.
— Marc, Lanette, and Everett

Jose Arroyo

Jose Arroyo was one of the most gentle men I have ever met. He was the father of my brother-in-law, 89 when he passed after a relatively brief bout with cancer. Always sweet and smiling, “Papi” was adored by his children, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He was always available for a family gathering, whether to celebrate a wedding, mourn together at a funeral, or have Thanksgiving dinner together. He was a major influence in the life of my brother-in-law, whom we all love, and he accepted my family into his unconditionally. Jose lived a life with love and dignity every day and we are so sad for his children and the world to lose him.
— Loretta and Jeremy Prescott

Nancy Morello

Nancy was a long-term resident of the nursing facility where I am employed as the 11-7 nursing supervisor. She was a delight to the staff, as were her son, Rick, and daughter-in-law, Marilyn. I was aware that their daughter, Kristine, had died as a result of cancer, but did not know the whole story. As fate would have it, one of my sons, Kevin, changed jobs and now works with Rick. How wonderful it was to reunite with Rick again. Today I went online and read the story of this great foundation and am happy to donate in memory of one of my favorite residents. I am sure Nancy is entertaining Kristine with her many stories of Italy.
— Sally Sayle

Memorial Messages 2011

Darlene Grullon

Darlene Grullon was an extraordinary young woman who enjoyed life and loved her family. Over the past two years, we had the honor and pleasure to get to know Darlene, her loving brothers and sister, and wonderful parents. Recently, we even had the pleasure to spend a memorable evening with them at the famous Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, MA, hosted by celebrity chef Ming Tsai (one of Darlene’s favorites). It was a heartfelt occasion we will never forget, as Darlene’s joy, beauty, and kindness shined through in every way. We will all miss her dearly and will keep her in our thoughts as we carry on the Family Reach mission.
— With love from Family Reach

Darlene was an amazing woman and an inspiration to all with her strength and sense of humor. Your memories will live on with us and make us smile forever. You will be missed and never forgotten.
— Brittany, Jessica, & Luisa

Angelina De Bellis

Angelina (née Nilio) De Bellis passed away April 30, 2011. Beautiful through all her 91 years, Angie loved to entertain her family and friends with delicious and plentiful food, wine, and intoxicating spirit. Angie worked hard, but still enjoyed leaving some behind at the casinos in Atlantic City. A better joke-teller than singer, she delighted us with both. Angie was the beloved wife of the late John De Bellis; loving mother of Jo Ann Tirelli, Michele Santoriello and her husband, George, and Lucille Ditta and her husband, Vincent; loving grandmother of Julie, Danielle, Christopher, David, and John, and four great-grandchildren, and dear sister of Teresa Legato. Her daughter, Lucille Ditta, is a Family Reach Board member and has been a devoted volunteer for over 15 years. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the entire family.

Memorial Messages 2010

Albert Nicholas Capuzzi

Albert Nicholas Capuzzi passed away on Oct. 20, 2010. His wife Maureen, their children and spouses, their 12 grandchildren, and his sister, Rosemary, will always cherish this loving and generous man. Whether coaching Little League baseball, volunteering for several organizations, acting as a Eucharistic minister, or grilling for special family celebrations, Albert devoted his time to others. He was an honorable man who will be greatly missed.
— With love from Family Reach

God bless. You will be missed by family and friends.
— Vivien and Jeff Sayre

Aunt Irene and Others

In memory of all of the people in my life whom I have lost to cancer, I dedicate this run. Most recent is my Aunt Irene. You will all be in my thoughts as I run for this good cause.
— Liz K

Maxine Parris Addington

— Dorothy Lee McMahon

Anna DeFazio
— Loraine Vala

Kenny Carlson

You taught me to give. I love you and miss you.
— Your sister, Anne

Dr. C.V. Prasanna
— From his loving family

Robert Schmitt

To a beloved brother, our dear Bobby. May he find internal peace and comfort.
— Rick and Marilyn Morello

Pearl Bederman

In loving memory of my mom.
— Fran Peterson

Marijean Schultz

Marijean Schultz lived her life filled with love for her family. Many things bring Marijean to mind with fondest of memories. Especially of roses, humming birds, and her collections of snails. We used to frequent nurseries together in early spring. Now as I stroll around my property her spirit is omnipresent, even though she was taken away to soon. She will live on…
— Karen Jones

With our love.

— Trudy and Dick

Gary Loehr

In memory of Gary Loehr with deepest sympathy to the Loehr family.
— C-K Air Conditioning Inc.

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