About the Ladies of Port Richmond.....
The idea of raising money for Breast Cancer came about one day at the kitchen table of Mary Lou Leuters, a 2 time breast cancer survivor. She volunteers some of her time at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center and still this was not enough. She wanted to give more, she learned how precious life is. So after some thought, and the commitment of her friends, a local breast cancer walk was born, the Port Richmond Breast Cancer Walk.
A group name was chosen “Ladies of Port Richmond” and with the direction of several Port Richmond business neighbors and the hard work of the original Board members, The Ladies of Port Richmond received 501c3 non-profit status, and put together 3 very successful events: 1) a Communion Breakfast, 2) and the main event, The 1st Annual Ladies of Port Richmond Breast Cancer Walk and 3) a Comedy Nite.
The outpouring of generosity from local neighborhood businesses and some not so local was heartwarming and most welcome. The commitment of the people who donated their precious spare time was especially welcomed. These events have brought the Port Richmond Community together for a common cause. Many of the Walkers were former Port Richmond residents who returned home one more time.We are now beginning a new event year and we hope that each event in 2006 will be even more successful than they were last year. Walk with us through the streets of Port Richmond with pride and be a part of our walk for the cure.
Mary Louise Leuters / President
My name is Mary Louise and I am a two time survivor of breast cancer. I was first diagnosed 15 years ago and a second time, 7 years ago. I was successfully treated both times at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. I volunteer time at the Bodine Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to help others who are facing the same fight that I have fought. I have lived in Port Richmond for over 40 years with my husband, Jerry. I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I worked for one of the local Churches in Port Richmond for over 20 years. I am still very active in all Church events. I am now focusing my energy on the fundraising efforts of The Ladies of Port Richmond.
Lenore Czyzewski / Vice President
My name is Lenore & I am a breast cancer survivor going on my 3rd year. I have lived and worked in Port Richmond all my life. I am married to Ted for 41 years and have 3 sons, Gregory, Teddy & Tom. We have 6 grandchildren, 4 girls & 2 boys. I have been working for the past 27 years at Northeastern Hospital in the Accounting Department. My hobbies are baking & cooking. Also I enjoy doing all kinds of puzzles. The reason I am working for the “cause” is because Mary Lou asked me to be part of the group & to help inform all women about early detection.
Marie Contino / Assistant Vice President
Marie has lived in the Port Richmond area her entire life. She has been the busy owner / operator of Marie’s Hair Salon located in Port Richmond for over 40 years. She has one son and 3 grandchildren.
Pat Zamorski / Assistant Vice President
My name is Patricia Zamorski and I am 68 years old. I have been married for 43 years to my husband, John who was born & raised in Port Richmond. I have two children, Angeline & John. My son John recently married Elaine, who is a welcomed addition to our family. My family & friends tell me I am an excellent cook, and I guess I believe them since I always have a full house for dinner. I am a stay at home wife & mother and enjoy making a happy home for my family & friends to visit. I met Mary Lou Leuters, the President of the organization, when I got married and moved to Port Richmond & we have been friends ever since.
Angeline Zamorski / Treasurer
My name is Angeline Zamorski & I am 42 year old. I belong to St. Adalbert’s Parish in Port Richmond where I attended grade school. I graduated from Nazareth Academy High School in 1982 and received by BBA in marketing from Temple University in 1987. I currently attend Holy Family University working toward my Masters Degree and Certification in Elementary education. I enjoy going to the theater, traveling & eating at nice restaurants. I got involved in the Ladies of Port Richmond because my mother and Mary Lou Leuters, the President of the organization, are good friends.
Marie McCafferty / Assistant Vice President
My name is Marie and I have lived in Port Richmond all 77 years of my life. I am the mother of 4 children, grandmother of 13, great grandmother of 3, 2ith two more bundles of joy on the way. I am retired from work but active in three senior citizens clubs in Port Richmond. I like to go on trips and parties with the senior groups. I enjoy line dancing an playing bingo. I volunteer with the Ladies of Port Richmond Breast Cancer group, representing the Senior Citizens of Port Richmond.
Maureen Janda / Assistant Vice President
My name is Maureen and I am a life long resident of Port Richmond. I'm one of eight children. I attended Our Lady Help of Christians and Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. I worked for the Iron Workers Health and Welfare. Besides my involvement with The Ladies of Port Richmond, I volunteer for the Lupus Foundation of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Our Lady Help of Christians School and the Alumni Association.
Kim Lindsay / Assistant Vice President
My name is Kim. I was born & raised in Port Richmond (34 years). My husband’s name is Wayne & I have three children. I work at Northeastern Hospital in Port Richmond. I have been an employee there for 11 years. I enjoy spending my free time with my family. I became involved with the Ladies of Port Richmond because my mother is a breast cancer survivor...now for 3 years.
Louise Holmes / Recording Secretary
My name is Louise Holmes and I was born, raised & currently live in Port Richmond. I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor of 41 years. I married my friend, Pete, over 37 years ago, and we have 2 children, Jennifer (Bill) and Peter (Theresa). We have only one granddaughter, Kelsey, and she is the light of my life. I work as a Practice Manager for Pizzica Health System, a small health system consisting of 4 pediatric practices. I type and submit my Church’s weekly Bulletin. I love crossword puzzles and sudoku, and have a real love for crafting. I am part of this organization to pay tribute to my mother who survived breast cancer for 41 years and also to help keep the breast cancer awareness and education message in the forefront.
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