Dr. Dominik Wiktor, of Denver, CO, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days and weeks in this life at his home, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Poland, September 29, 1980, Dominik came to the US as a young child and grew up in Connecticut. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Marisa (Rosol) Wiktor and their two cherished daughters, Cecylia and Adeline, of Denver, CO; his parents, Tadeusz and Anna Wiktor, of Oxford, CT.; and his sister, Magdalena Wiktor and her husband Gabriel Luongo of Noank, CT. Dom is also survived by his parents-in-law, Dr. Stanley and Marcia Rosol of East Lansing, MI and brothers-in-law Ryan Rosol of Norman, OK and Dr. Derek Rosol of East Lansing, MI.
Dominik was an interventional cardiologist at the University of Colorado Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Medicine was his calling and life’s work. At 16, he began working as an EMT, which spurred his passion for helping and healing others. In 2003, he returned to his native Poland to attend medical school at Poznań University of Medical Sciences, where he earned his MD in 2007. He went on to complete post-doctoral training at Cleveland Clinic, residency at University Hospitals Cleveland, a fellowship in cardiology at Medical College of Wisconsin, and fellowships in adult congenital heart disease and interventional cardiology at University of Colorado.
In 2007, he met Marisa Rosol, a fellow fourth year medical student, during their clinical studies at Cleveland Clinic. For their first date, they attended Mass together, a fitting beginning for two people of strong faith. On September 4, 2010 Dominik and Marisa were married in Detroit, MI.
During their life together, Dom and Marisa supported one another in their training as physicians, first in Cleveland, OH, then in Milwaukee, WI, and finally settled, in Denver, CO, where they settled into professional and family life with their two daughters.
Dom lived life fully and was always up for a challenge or an adventure. He piloted airplanes, ran into burning buildings, made friends everywhere he went, owned and enthusiastically donned no fewer than three Buzz Lightyear costumes, to the great delight of his girls.
Dom was uncannily good at everything he tried. He was well-beloved by those around him wherever life took him. He was an excellent doctor. A phenomenal son and brother. He was a superhuman dad and an adoring husband. Dom was a great friend to many, had a fine sense of humor, and a commitment to teaching and helping those around him. He loved new experiences and was a joy to work with.
Those who knew Dominik Wiktor are the better for it. He was an amazing man who will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his family, his many dear friends, his colleagues, and all those who had the great pleasure and blessing of knowing him.
In lieu of flowers, donations would preferably be directed to Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research in Dom’s memory.
Wings of Hope is an amazing charity based in Colorado, with 100% of charitable funds going directly to the University of Colorado pancreatic cancer research teams.
Over the years, the speakers at our WINGS OF HOPE annual benefits that have had the most impact and touched the most people have been those brave souls recounting their personal journeys with pancreatic cancer. Pam Hafemann spoke at two of our events, most recently this past September, when she shared her cancer had spread. To meet her was to know first hand what resilience is. To know her was to be in the presence of a faith so strong, so unshakeable, that you knew whatever was ahead she would meet head on with a peace that surpasses all understanding. It is with great sadness we learned of Pam’s recent passing. Pam did not lose her fight with pancreatic cancer as much as she lived a life of love, and light, and authentic connection with all who were fortunate enough to cross her path. Our loving support and prayers to Pam’s husband Gordon, her family and many friends. (Photo: Pam Hafemann at September 2019 WINGS OF HOPE benefit)
Thanks to Kendra Scott who hosted a ‘Kendra Gives Back Party’ at their beautiful jewelry store in Cherry Creek, Colorado. A portion of all proceeds made the evening of the event went to WINGS OF HOPE to fund pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s EVENING OF HOPE at the Glenmoor Country Club the biggest and most successful yet, all to benefit pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For pictures and story see the events page.
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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.
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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 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.