It was 2 yrs ago today that our nightmare began. I remember that day like it was just yesterday. Cory was now throwing up just from moving his head so I left work, picked him up & called his doctor to tell them I was on my way in to see him with or without an appt. Once at the docs office Cory further explained that he had been having trouble using his left hand and he was weak on his left side. The doc said he’d order an MRI for sometime that week. It was a bad winter with lots of storms and they were predicting more. I remember telling the doc that I wasn’t leaving his office until there was an MRI scheduled for that day and I didn’t care if I had to drive 6 hrs. to one that was available. At the time, Jim was up on the roof at one of our properties shoveling snow off) I remember how nervous I was for Cory and how I told him to be brave and stay in the MRI for the entire test because we needed to know what was wrong. He was so claustrophobic and afraid of needles (it needed to have contrast, which meant needles) He did awesome and stuck it out. We were just walking through the door back at home after his MRI when the doctor called and said he wanted me, Jim and Cory to go to his office ASAP. Although he did not want to, I made him tell my what they found. I remember calling my neighbor Tracy to see if she could have Nicole longer (until Nicholas got home from work- she had gotten her off the bus for me) I remember calling Jim and telling him he needed to come home and why. I remember contemplating how we were going to tell Cory. I called my sis Deb and she immediately started crying. When the doctor walked in, he told us that it really didn’t get worse than this and that we had to take him to Boston Children’s Hospital right away and they’d be waiting for us. Cory burst into tears. He knew what cancer meant, he had lost his Pepere, Grandma & Auntie to Cancer. We first had to go pick up the MRI to bring with us to Boston. I remember calling my sis Denice once we were driving. I remember how upset she was, I was! I didn’t know it at the time but Cory had already texted his brother Nicholas before we had a chance to tell him in person. He had also texted his cousin Heath and his friend Jeff, I believe. We stopped at home real quick, just long enough to pack stuff for the hospital as we knew we’d have to stay there for while. Nicholas was so distraught, I felt awful leaving him alone to take care of Nicole. When I think about how scary it must have been for him, being here and being strong for Nicole but wondering what was going on at the hospital and worrying about Cory. When we finally arrived at the hospital it was lots of waiting and talking to many doctors. It was a very long night. We heard the words “terminal” “not much they could do” “prognosis - death and how sorry they were” We were all very scared but trying to stay strong. I remember talking to my mom and her telling me that God only gives us what we can handle and that I was strong. I remember telling her that I had already lost 1 child and I was sick of being able to handle shit and being strong! (I didn’t put it so nicely though) Cory was a mess, he talked a lot about wanting to fish again, wanting to see people! It was a long night and we did end up getting another snow storm. My nephew Nate ended up driving Nicholas, Mikayla & Nicole to the hospital so they could see each other. It was a 3+hr drive in the snow. The boys talked, played xbox in bed together. Nicole was nervous about seeing him in the hospital bed. Cory told us that he wanted a big party when he got out of the hospital, he wanted all of his family over, he wanted to see everyone. So the night after he was released we did just that. We had over 50 people at our house - all family. Even his cousins and their kids from Cape Cod came up. It was on that night that we explained to everyone what Cory had and what his treatment plan was going to be. It was then that we told everyone that he/we only wanted to hear positive. Cory had already made the decision to “live” with cancer not be “dying” from it. My children and their cousins grew up and matured so much during the next 19 months. I am thankful for my family and friends that helped me and my family - the support we received was greatly appreciated and very much needed. Cory hun, not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts - What I would give to hear your voice just one more time or get one more of your amazing hugs! I thank you for always being able to make us laugh, even right up until the end you would do silly things just to get a giggle or a smile out of us. I cherish the many nights in bed cracking up laughing. I thank you for showing your brother the importance of hugs! He hugs be every single time he sees me and I credit you for that Cory! Nicole has a new sparkle in her eye which I truly believe is from you. I know you are with her daily, helping her cope! We thank you for all of the many signs you leave us to let us know you are never far away! Before you passed away Uncle Bob (may he too rest in peace) told me you were an Angel on earth sent to us by God and I truly believe that to be true Cory! And now you are a beautiful Guardian Angel in Heaven watching over us all <3
Together we can make a difference! Cory's Crusaders donated $5,000 to the Evan T. Mandeville DIPG Research Fund at Dana Farber in Boston. In photo from left to right is Tim & Aimee Mandeville founders of Evan's Crew and Jim and Teresa Gaudet founders of Cory's Crusaders. In loving Memory of our son's Evan T. Mandeville and Cory E. Gaudet! Funding Pediatric Brain Tumor Research is such a big part of what we do, so on behalf of Jim and I we would like to thank everyone that attends our events and donates to our organization because without your support we could not do what we do.
On behalf of Cory's Crusaders as well as the families we are able to assist Jim and I would like to Thank everyone that made our Annual Christmas Tree Jamboree such a great day. A special shout of to Kris & Deb Kieon, owners of Attleborro Farms for their continued support, all of their employees that made purchasing a Christmas tree a fun experience and to my sister Mary Desrochers along with Louise and Kelly Presby for putting it all together and taking care of the raffle and product tables. Bob Desrochers for being such an amazing Santa Clause once again and most importantly I would like to thank everyone that attended this event because without all of you and your support we would not be able to do what we do - Financially assisting families that have child battling brain cancer as well as fund much needed DIPG research! This event raised $1,000
On Sunday, October 30th, 2016 Theory will be teaming up with Cory's Crusaders Inc. to raise funds for families with children fighting brain tumors.
In addition to the in store promotions of 30-70% off, an additional 10% will be given on each sale for the entire day! Whether it be an in store, phone, or email order, each sale will directly impact the life of a family with a child fighting pediatric brain cancer.
Please consider visiting Theory next Sunday for champagne, raffles, and to see our new fall/winter collection!
Together we can make a difference in the life of a child battling brain cancer. Supporting Families, Funding Research!
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Thank you to all of you that support us by attending our events & make donations. Last month for July we were able to financially assist 5 families totaling $4,534.49. Some of the things we helped with were medical bills not covered by insurance, mortgages and loans . We even got to grant a little boy a wish of an Ipad. These are bills we all take for granted to be able to pay but when you have a child fighting for their life, being with them and not being able to work becomes your reality. People struggle not only emotionally but financially as well! Being able to grant a wish to one of our brave warriors is so important as well. The purchase of an Ipad may not seem like a necessity to some but when your child has to be taken away from their siblings for treatment sometimes this becomes their way of staying in touch. Being able to face time family and friends is priceless when you are far away due to treatments. They also help pass the time when a child has to been in the hospital for hours, days, weeks or sometimes months.. In our case Cory's first gift he was given was an Ipad. To see his face light up when he received it meant the world to us. He used his Ipad daily to watch movies, play games, message friends & family and to help with his motor skills as his tumor progressed. It eventually became his only form of communication with us when he could no longer speak and had to use an app called speech assist. These kids are all so very brave. They are fighting for their life. I ask that you please take a moment to visit our Brave Warrior photo album to see some of the children you have directly helped! Sincerely,
Teresa & Jim Gaudet
Cory's Crusaders, Inc.
To all of you that support us by attending our events & make donations, We Thank You! I was able send out 5 payments to help our brave warriors & their families this month. Last month for June we were able to help 6 families with things like mortgages, rent & utilities totaling $4,605.47. These are bills we all take for granted to be able to pay but when you have a child fighting for their life, being with them and not being able to work becomes your reality. People struggle not only emotionally but financially as well! In addition, we gave $5,000 towards DIPG Research to the Evan T. Mandeville DIPG Research Fund at Dana Farber. Please take a moment to visit our Brave Warrior photo album to see some of the children you have helped!
Our 2016 5K Scholarship recipients: Jacob Jackson a senior from Pascoag, RI and Toni Spellman a freshman from Blackstone, MA. Each year we give 2 $500 Cory Edward Gaudet Memorial Scholarships away at our 5K Road Race & Walk (Students in grades 9-12 from any school who complete the 5K road race portion of our event are eligible to win.) Directly following the race we randomly select one boy and one girl to each win. We also give away a 3rd scholarship at Blackstone Millville Regional High School's senior awards night. Sarah Geoffrey was this year's recipient, selected by the guidance department on our behalf for her Never Give Up attitude and spirit.