by Larry Williams’ wife, Kathy Kanda
There are no words to describe the depth of sadness I and the rest of Larry’s family are feeling, and we have taken great comfort in the expressions of sympathy received from so many who knew and loved him, as well as those who only knew him through us. But I take great joy in seeing the many ways in which he made the world a better place and know that he will inspire me and many others to strive to do the same, especially those whose lives Larry touched through his work with children, and generally being the best uncle who ever existed.
Larry’s commitment to the welfare of others stemmed from his sharp awareness of how cruel and unjust the world can be. But he often quoted his grandmother, who told him that one has a choice to either choose darkness or choose light. He chose light and when cancer came knocking at his door never once asked, “Why me?” In that regard, every single day from his diagnosis to his death, we were determined to find moments of joy and beauty to light our way through his cruel and unjust cancer journey, and succeeded with a vengeance! So, please take a moment today and every day to find joy and beauty in the world around you. Choose light!
After Larry’s diagnosis and throughout his courageous battle against pancreatic cancer, we were overwhelmed by the number of people we know whose lives have been touched by this brutal disease. The mission of WINGS OF HOPE is to raise awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Though there are other worthy cancer research and support organizations, we felt it fitting to designate a local charity to increase resources available to others in our local community who are or may in the future be touched by pancreatic cancer, and also to honor and acknowledge the wonderful care Larry received from his UCH oncology team.
Donations via check (made to WINGS OF HOPE) may also be mailed to Maureen Shul, WINGS OF HOPE, 8404 Brambleridge Drive, Castle Pines, Colorado 80108. Please notate in memory of Larry Williams.
Phillip M. Codina, 67, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at his home in Rapid City, SD with his family by his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born on November 28, 1951 in Sioux City, Iowa to Phillip J. and Catherine A. (Pope) Codina. On June 26, 1971 he was united in marriage to Eileen M. Bertsch at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Sioux City, IA.
Phillip served in the Iowa Air National Guard from November 1970 until August 1975. He then went on to begin what was a lengthy career with BNSF Railroad. After about 40 years of loyal service, Phillip retired from the railroad. Phillip was a devoted husband and father, a strong worker, and a lover of the outdoors. A few of his passions in life included: reading autobiographies about his favorite Musicians and significant Political Figures; challenging himself by climbing up the steepest side of a mountain; and enjoying a crisp early dawn with a hot coffee and a fresh newspaper. He particularly took great pride in his work and craftsmanship. In his prime years, Phillip was very well known for pulling double shifts and helping younger employees learn their trade. He had a very good eye for craftsmanship and completing a job with perfection. Phillip had recently showed a hidden talent of being a skilled artist.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen, his daughters and their husbands, Kimberly Hamar of Chadron, NE, Amanda Codina (Anthony Sjostrom) of Lone Tree, CO and Katie Childers (James Childers II) of Alliance, NE, and his grandchildren, Tyler Hamar, Madisyn Hamar, Delaney Childers, Jett Childers, Coy Childers and Antonia Sjostrom. He is also survived by his mother, Catherine Codina of Sioux City, IA, and his brothers and sister, Michael (Robbi) Codina and Cindy (Randy) Dobbs of Dakota Dunes, SD and James Codina of Sioux City, IA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Phillip Codina request that donations be made to WINGS OF HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH. Donations via check may also be mailed to WINGS OF HOPE at the following address: Maureen Shul, WINGS OF HOPE, 8404 Brambleridge Drive, Castle Pines, CO 80108. Please be sure to notate in memory of Phillip Codina.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Golf Club at Bear Dance, Larkspur, Colorado
WINGS OF HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is the recipient of the proceeds from this event thanks to its partnership with Washington Park Chiropractic. Now in its fifth year, the annual Kingsbury Open Golf Tournament has raised over $100,000 for pancreatic cancer research.
To register, sponsor or make a donation go to www.kingsburyopen.com
For more go to NEWS.
WINGS OF HOPE was privileged to participate in this year’s University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Benefactor Recognition Dinner. The annual event is held to celebrate the impact philanthropic support is having for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. The event was held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and attended by over 500.
Special thanks to those who have and continue to support WINGS OF HOPE. Your generous support is having an impact and making a difference in the ongoing pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
WINGS OF HOPE founder Maureen Shul and Director of University of Colorado Cancer Center Dr. Richard Schulick
Ricker/Cunningham CEO Anne Ricker and CU Office of Advancement Assistant Vice Chancellor Allison Krebs
Dianne Goberis passed away January 16, 2019 at Collier Hospice surrounded by her family. Survivors include her husband, Don Goberis of Broomfield, Colorado; her children Alyssa Nelson (Jared), and Scott Goberis (Jordan); and her brother Steve (Pam).
Dianne was a loving, committed and supportive wife and mother. One of her many passions in life was teaching. Dianne was passionate about deaf education and advocating for students and parents that she worked with. After retiring from Adams 12 School District after 31 years, Dianne continued her passion for teaching by working for the Colorado Department of Education as a mentor to deaf/hard of hearing programs statewide. She also continued to work for the Marion Downs Center and ran their summer Marion's Way preschool. Over the years Dianne received many awards for being an outstanding educator.
Dianne's love of travel continued even after her being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and she and Don took trips to sunny locations these past two years between treatments.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to WINGS OF HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH.
The 4th annual Kingsbury Open was held at Bear Dance in Larkspur, Colorado, with all proceeds going to pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For more go to EVENTS.
For more on WPCC Conference go to EVENTS.
In July 2017, WINGS OF HOPE awarded three $50,000.00 grants to University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers and physicians involved in pancreatic cancer research. For more on the grant recipients and their projects go to NEWS.
WINGS OF HOPE recognized at the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s official unveiling of the Benefactor Wall at Anschutz Medical Campus. For more on this event go to EVENTS.
WINGS OF HOPE is proud to award three $50,000 grants to University of Colorado Cancer Center physicians and personnel involved in pancreatic cancer research. The research proposals approved by WINGS OF HOPE involve (1) Aldehyde Dehydrogenase as a Potential Target in Pancreatic Cancer; (2) Patient Derived Tumor Organoids to Identify Effective Drug Combination Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer; and (3) Identification of Therapeutic Liabilities in the Mutant p53 Transcriptome. Information on the recipients will be announced at the formal grant award presentation later this year. Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers, with a 5 year survival rate less than 5 percent. Every dollar matters in this effort, and we thank all WINGS OF HOPE supporters for their continued generosity in making these research grants a reality.
WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH was formed in February 2012 by Maureen A. Shul after losing her mother and brother within months of one another to pancreatic cancer. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for the ongoing research, clinical trials and treatment of pancreatic cancer patients at the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Pancreatic cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Of the most commonly diagnosed cancers, pancreatic cancer is the only one with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 6 percent. This survival rate has not changed in the last 40 years.
By 2020 it is anticipated pancreatic cancer will rise from the third to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. (based on projected changes in U.S. population demographics and incidence of death rates).
With no early detection tools, effective treatments or adequate funding for research, the rapidly rising threat of pancreatic cancer urgently demands an increase in awareness and research funding.
Founded out of grief, driven by purpose and in pursuit of making a difference, WINGS OF HOPE for PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH is dedicated to
- Accelerating the research
- Providing the most advanced treatments
- Finding the cure
JOIN THE EFFORT…BE A PART OF THE POSSIBLE, BE THE HOPE.