A Foundation Dedicated to Funding Endometrial and Uterine Cancer Research
This year, more than 61,000 women will be diagnosed with uterine endometrial cancer and nearly 11,000 women will die from this disease. Uterine endometrial cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women in the United States. Margaret (Peggy) Pettinato was one of its victims. (American Cancer Society 2017 Statistics)
Peggy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She was a warm, elegant and charming woman who easily made anyone she met feel at home, and she assumed leadership roles in many worthy community endeavors. She became a licensed Realtor, and directed the family real estate business.
Peggy was also health conscious, always diligent about receiving the widely known and recommended screenings for women in her age range. Nevertheless, in May 2014 she was diagnosed with uterine cancer.
Surgery was immediately performed to remove as much of the cancer as possible, and then she underwent months of chemotherapy treatments in accordance with the standard of care at that time. Unfortunately, however, by the time her symptoms appeared, the diagnosis was made, and the surgery performed (all within the span of approximately one month), the cancer was already at Stage IV. On January 16, 2015, she passed away due to this disease.
In the midst of their grief, Peggy’s family sought a way to memorialize her life while following her example of helping others. They have established Peggy’s Pathway for Women’s Cancer Care, a foundation with a mission to raise funds to support research into innovative treatments for and/or early detection of uterine/endometrial cancer, the disease that claimed her life. “Unfortunately, endometrial cancer isn’t easy to detect in the early stages, so it can reach an advanced stage before signs and symptoms are noticed,” says Peggy’s husband, Bob Pettinato. “Our hope is that with quality research, effective screening methods and treatments can be developed to find and treat endometrial cancer early in women.”
The initial goal is to raise at least $100,000 to fund research activities being performed by nationally acclaimed medical scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, in the hopes of advancing their studies, and in doing so, giving others the means to challenge their cancer.
Peggy waged a valiant and courageous battle against the disease, always with the typical grace and optimism that characterized all aspects of her life. Through the efforts of her family, friends and the community she served, her legacy will carry forth by helping others overcome cancer.