MIGHTY FAMILY (CAREGIVER)


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As a husband and caregiver of a wife battling cancer, times have been real hard. For the most part people have no idea. I want to make sure that I document things not for pity, but for the opportunity to help anyone else that is or might have to go through these things.

No one is ever ready to deal with cancer. As a caregiver, a husband, and a father it took us by surprise to find out that my wife had cancer. I had no idea what to do next. The first thing that came to my mind was “How am I supposed to raise my daughters without my wife?”  The second thing was “How can I go on by myself?” Then anger and next a million other questions flooded my brain.

If you know anything about me you know that I have been 14 years clean and sober. Now on that day, I thought about having a drink or two. My heart was broken and I could not stop anything that was going on, I had lost total control. The best part of me (MY WIFE) took me by the hands and we fell on the floor and started to cry. This was the best thing we both could do.

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After what felt like an hour we started to plan how we were going to tell our daughters the devastating news. How can you tell your kids when there is no playbook to go by? We seemed lost and confused as we spoke to one another. This was the day our world as we knew it, changed.

At times, it will seem like there are not enough hours in one day and not enough days in the week. I had to continue to work while my wife was getting her chemo treatments. For me it meant leaving work in the morning and meeting my wife at the clinic. In about six to eight hours later we would be heading home to our girls. I had used all my sick days and most of my vacation time to tend to different things like chemo, surgery, and doctor’s appointments.

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Coworkers and friends do not really understand what an emotional rollercoaster life becomes. People always say if you need anything you can count on me. The truth is that unless you have gone through this you will not understand it. Most of the people I know were not even aware of what mesothelioma was. However, I was and still am extremely grateful for their kindness. No one can ever prepare you to deal with a loved one after their chemo treatment. This is the moment when you get that feeling that you wish you could get inside the body of your loved one and take away all their pain.

I prayed a lot and I still pray a lot. I have all my faith in God. I speak to a selected few and I try to ignore the other people who think it’s ok to make fun of people who do not have any sick days left. Yes, I am the lucky one!! I have that not so funny coworker. As much as it hurts I have realized that some people just don’t care since this is not happening to them. I can only pray that they will never have to deal with anything like this in their life.

Stay strong and positive. Don’t let others dictate how you feel.  Smile and laugh as much as you can. It does help. Other people do not have to understand or care what you are going through. Be there for your loved one. Let no one fight alone. God Bless You and Your Family. AMEN

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(NEWS AND EVENT) THE ITALIAN AMERICAN BASEBALL FOUNDATION


 

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Founded on December 8, 2016
About
The Italian American Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 charity that is committed to the future of Italian American Baseball in the United States & Italy

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Mission
The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a community of fans, MLB players and baseball executives that are dedicated to the future of Italian American Baseball in the United States & Italy.

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STORY
The Italian American Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 charity founded by former MLB player Frank Catalanotto, Mint Pros President, Joe Quagliano and FIBS, executive Marco Landi.

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a community of fans, MLB players and baseball executives that are dedicated to the future of Italian American Baseball in the United States & Italy.

The IABF is committed to supporting Italian Youth Baseball with clinics in the US & Italy, sponsorship opportunities, scholarships and much more.

The IABF was launched on December 8, 2016 with a fundraising dinner hosted by executive board member Carmine Gangone. The event benefited (FIBS) Federation of Italian Baseball & Softball, Italian Youth Baseball and honored Team Italia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The guest of honor was 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and Italian National Team coach Mike Piazza.

UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS CLICK LINK BELOW

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(NEWS AND EVENT) THE ITALIAN AMERICAN BASEBALL FOUNDATION


 

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CHRIS HERDER PICTURE

 

 

Founded on December 8, 2016
About
The Italian American Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 charity that is committed to the future of Italian American Baseball in the United States & Italy

FB_IMG_1512694395330.jpg

Mission
The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a community of fans, MLB players and baseball executives that are dedicated to the future of Italian American Baseball in the United States & Italy.

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CHRIS HERDER PICTURE

 

 

STORY
The Italian American Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 charity founded by former MLB player Frank Catalanotto, Mint Pros President, Joe Quagliano and FIBS, executive Marco Landi.

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) is a community of fans, MLB players and baseball executives that are dedicated to the future of Italian American Baseball in the United States & Italy.

The IABF is committed to supporting Italian Youth Baseball with clinics in the US & Italy, sponsorship opportunities, scholarships and much more.

The IABF was launched on December 8, 2016 with a fundraising dinner hosted by executive board member Carmine Gangone. The event benefited (FIBS) Federation of Italian Baseball & Softball, Italian Youth Baseball and honored Team Italia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The guest of honor was 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and Italian National Team coach Mike Piazza.

UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS CLICK LINK BELOW

IABF News and Events

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YANKEES VS BLUE JAYS – SUITE, LEGEND, FOOD
Watch the 2018 NEW YORK YANKEES
In a private suite at Yankee Stadium with 2 Yankee Legend.
They will sign autographs, pose for photos and
tell stories of their Yankee playing days.
Our “Yankee Legends Suite Game” offers a full ballpark buffet and
non-alcoholic beverages – ALL INCLUDED
August 18, 2018

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OUR FIGHT

Yankees Universe Fund

What is the New York Yankees Universe Fund?

The New York Yankees and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have joined together to support the Center’s programs in pediatric patient care, research, and education by creating the New York Yankees Universe fund. Proceeds for the fund are generated by donations and the sale of Yankees Universe t-shirts, which can be purchased here.

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Where Does the Money Go?

All net proceeds from the sale of new Yankees Universe T-shirts will be donated to the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The proceeds will go to support pediatric cancer research and care, helping to contribute to advances in the treatment of children with cancer.

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About the Partnership

Memorial Sloan-Kettering treats more children with cancer than any other institution in the country, in the process setting a world-wide standard of care through the combination of pioneering research and life-saving treatments. The New York Yankees are the unrivaled world champions of baseball — personifying tenacity, passion, and an unparalleled drive for excellence. Together, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Yankees are an unbeatable combination, offering new promise to children with cancer.

Give to the New York Yankees Universe Fund

The joint partnership of these two world-renowned institutions will positively affect the treatment of children around the world. Buy a shirt today or make a donation online or by mail to help make a world of difference for kids with cancer. To purchase a shirt, visit the Web site.

To contribute directly to the Yankees Universe fund:

Make a gift online to Yankees Universe fund. You will be given the opportunity to make your gift in honor of someone.

You may also make a gift by mail.

For information about purchasing Yankees Universe t-shirts, visit the Web site.

Team Italy manager Enrico Obletter exudes confidence before U19 Women’s Softball European Championship in Staranzano Category: Roberto Angotti


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by Roberto Angotti

News in English Published: 21 June 2018

Team Italy manager Enrico Obletter along with coaches Federico Pizzolini and Marco Villani are preparing for the U19 Women’s Softball European Championship in Staranzano, Italy from July 16-21, 2018. Accompanying the Azzurre squad are delegation manager Daniela Castellani, physician Lorenzo Raffo, and physical therapist Elio Paolini.

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Having traveled to Australia for the 2018 Asia Pacific Cup, battled the USSSA Pride and played against Venezuela recently, leading ladies Laura Vigna and Alessandra Rotondo headline an Azzurre roster of both familiar and new faces.

Italian American slugger Andrea Howard returns to the Azzurre squad after making her presence felt in the 2017 WBSC U19 Women’s Softball World Championship in Clearwater, Florida. Team Italy skipper Enrico Obletter said, “Andrea Howard, the New Mexico native from Albuquerque, is an important player. She played a very good freshman season with the University of New Mexico Lobos this year. Andrea is a kid with a lot of talent and a booming bat. I say if all goes well, and we get a wink from Lady Luck this, U19 team will go a long way.” In her first year of collegiate softball at UNM, Andrea Howard was second in team batting average (.313), slugging percentage (.543), home runs (7), and walks (23).

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Among the new faces on the young and talented squad is New Jersey native Alexia Lacatena. Enrico Obletter said, “One newcomer is a very interesting pitcher in Alexia Lacatena, a recent addition to the U19 and U22 teams. Being only 15 says a lot about this kid who has verbally committed to the University of Kentucky for 2020.” In her freshman year at Lenape Valley High School, Alexia Lacatena was impressive with a 23-4 record this season with 285 strikeouts (10.6 per game) and a miniscule 0.83 ERA. Her strikeout (285) to walk (22) ratio was best in the state (12.95). She pitched one of the best starts of her young career against Kittatinny High School when she threw a no-hitter and registered 15 strikeouts with one error separating her from a perfect game on April 23, 2018. On the following day, Alexia Lacatena tossed a two-hit gem and batted for the cycle to lead Lenape Valley to a 12-0 shutout over High Point. The freshman phenomenon pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the winning effort. She also went 4-for-4 and batted for the cycle with three RBI and three runs scored.

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Team Italy manager Enrico Obletter will be asking a lot from his pitching staff in the 2018 U19 Women’s Softball European Championship as the squad with be playing four games during the first two days of the international competition. The Italians face Spain during the day and battle Euro rival the Netherlands under the lights on July 16, 2018. Then Team Italy returns for two more games against Israel and Ukraine on the following day. “Pitching will be paramount, and I can see us doing some patchwork to get through games. Our first day is not the easiest, having a doubleheader and having to play against one the favorites–Holland–in the second game,” said Obletter. The Team Italy skipper would like to win 2018 U19 Women’s Softball European Championship, but he sees the bigger picture. Enrico Obletter said, “Winning would be important but not vital to our softball world as 2020 Olympic Qualification is our number one goal.The U19 team serves as a trampoline for those players wanting to be a part of Team Italy. Those players that do well in that category have a good chance of making the 2020 Olympic Team Italy squad. Pitching and defense is always the key to winning championships, and it will be no different in Staranzano. However, Holland, Great Britain, Czech Republic, and Russia are only a few of the powerhouse teams there wanting to win. It will be a great tournament in my mind. We go to the Euro Champioship in Staranzano very confident knowing that we are going to be tough to beat.”

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The following Team Italy players have been selected to compete in the 2018 U19 Women’s Softball European Championship: Chiara Bassi, SS (USG Collecchio), Chiara Biasi, P (La Loggia Softball), Marta Chiodaroli, INF (Bollate Softball), Sara Cianfriglia, 3B (Bussolengo), Alessia Colonna, 1B (USG Collecchio), Francesca Cumero, C (Thunders & Dragons – Stars Ronchi), Elisa De Trombetti, 2B (Bussolengo – San Martino Junior), Sofia Fabbian, OF (Thunders & Dragons), Andrea Howard, 1B/OF (Bussolengo), Alexia Lacatena, P (Caserta Baseball & Softball Academy), Chiara Marazzi, P/OF (Bollate Softball), Luna Oliveti, OF (Pianoro Softball), Elisa Princic, C/SS/OF (Bussolengo), Alessandra Rotondo, C/2B (Saronno Softball), Susanna Soldi, 1B/OF/P (Bussolengo), Giorgia Telo, P (Cali Roma Girls), and Laura Vigna, OF (Bussolengo). Team Italy reserves include: Sara Brugnoli (Saronno Softball), Sara Camisasca (Bollate Softball), Giorgia Migliorini (Old Parma) and Arianna Nicolini (Saronno Softball). Forza #Italia! #LetsMakeItHappen

2018 I.A.B.F. Baseball Clinic July 10th, 2018


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2018 I.A.B.F. Baseball Clinic
July 10th, 2018 – 10 am to 1 pm at MCU PARK
CAMP FEE $75 per camper ($95 day of)
OPEN TO AGES 7 – 14
Includes T-Shirt, 2 hours of instruction, Lunch & 2 Tickets to a Brooklyn Cyclones Game
MLB Legends Frank Catalanotto and more will be in attendance

CLICK ON ANY LINK TO REGISTER

2018 I.A.B.F. Baseball Clinic

July 10th, 2018 – 10 am to 1 pm at MCU PARK
CAMP FEE $75 per camper ($95 day of)
OPEN TO AGES 7 – 14
Includes T-Shirt, 2 hours of instruction, Lunch & 2 Tickets to a Brooklyn Cyclones Game
Giveaways , Batting contest
Check in /registration at MCU main entrance at 9:15
Clinics start at 10:00 – end 1:00
Lunch from 1:00 – 1:30

MLB veteran Frank Catalonotto
and other MLB legends

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