Family was Barbara Colameco’s first priority and supporting them in all that they did was her passion.
She never missed her kids’ games and was usually the loudest one in the stands cheering the whole team on and proud to come home with a sore throat because of it.
She supported her husband in his business and he relied heavily on her. She helped to develop a sense of family and community into the Wellshire brand and company.
Her friends were family, too – she was everyone’s “aunt,” “sister,” “mom” – and always had kind and encouraging words for them. Loving and supporting her “family” was her life.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment, she was blessed that her family and friends were there to support her, yet she continued to put others before herself. She adopted her fellow chemo patients as part of her “family” and she cared for, encouraged, and looked out for them despite fighting her own cancer battle.
Concerned when she noticed some were not returning for their appointments, she inquired why and found out that many were not as fortunate as she was – they did not have “family” that could drop everything to drive them to treatment because they couldn’t miss work. Or they could not afford a cab and were so drained from chemo that public transportation was just too hard for them. Or because they were alone and lacked support from the community.
Barbara now had another “family” that needed her, and she was determined to do something about it. The result was the B.A.C. Cancer Transportation Fund, founded in 2008 by Barbara, her husband Lou, and Barbara’s doctor, Dr. Rene Rubin.
Breast cancer is curable and survivable. But even the best medical care can’t help if you can’t get to it. Barbara believed that as a community, we can help people with breast cancer get the treatment they needed by simply getting them there. Transportation to and from appointments and treatment is often overlooked in health care. And with cancer, skipping treatments makes fighting the disease even more difficult. The B.A.C. Cancer Transportation Fund was created to cover patients’ transportation expenses and has grown to include helping with co-pays, medicine, and lab tests, and to purchase massage chairs to make chemo treatment more comfortable. And true to Barb’s generous nature, 100% of the proceeds raised go towards the fund.
Barbara was blessed to be able to be a part of creating the Fund and to see its impact. She will be remembered by all for her love of family, her passion, her selflessness, and her kind and generous spirit.
Together we can support those that may not have “family” that can support them.