Help Erica In Her Fight Against Cancer
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NEWS FLASH! 5TH ANNUAL ERICA'S RUN
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 AT MERRIMACK HIGH SCHOOL
KIDS 1K FUN RUN AT 9AM 5K RUN/WALK STARTS AT 9:30AM
Participants may pick up race numbers on Friday 9/19 from 6 - 8 pm @ Strikeback Dynamic Defense 454 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH
Details at http://www.ericasrun.com
A Message from Erica's Dad
At 1:22 pm on September 19, 2009 - 1 year 1 week & 1 day after being diagnosed - Erica Nicole Pombrio ended her battle with cancer. She fought bravely and quietly with dignity and determination, surrounded by a love her nurses and doctors say they had not witnessed before. This cancer/ tumor grew at a rate that none of her health care professionals had ever seen or even heard of, growing to the size of more than two basketballs in less than two months, yet she continued to fight with a courage and ferocious tenacity that was nothing less than awe inspiring. Erica loved life to such an extent as to affect everyone that crossed her path. Friends and strangers alike would just stare at her in amazement. This love of life can be seen in just about any photograph taken of her. The effect this gift had on the nurses, doctors, other patients and visitors, that Erica met on her journey, was nothing short of a joy to behold. Some would come in on their days off to check on her, often times there would be a line of strangers outside her door, coming from all over the hospital, just to say hello. When she was sad she made others laugh, when she was in pain she made others comfortable, and when she was afraid it was usually for someone else. My heart breaks, not for her family and friends (including & especially her animal friends) for we know that God truly & dearly loves us because he put her in our lives, but for everyone else who never got the chance to meet her. Please pass this on to all that knew and loved her, she will be dearly missed. Thank you.
Erica Nicole Pombrio
8-26-1986 to 9-19-2009
A message from Erica.
Hello everyone! Thank you for everything you’ve done for my family and me! Your support during these long weeks has helped me to keep focused on fighting. I’m humbled by all of the ways you’ve shown your love…..through visits to me in the hospital and at home, cards with encouraging words, delicious meals and desserts prepared for my sisters and Bill, thoughtful gifts of everything from warm robes to stuffed bears, and amazingly generous gifts of money to help with my medical bills. I’ve also enjoyed the outings to the salon and the incredible fundraising events held throughout Merrimack and around the country. I want to beat this cancer and go on to help other young people in my position. Thank you again for your love and support. My Mom (Lisa), Bill, Katherine, and Jacqueline all sincerely appreciate all you’ve done for us!
Erica Nicole Pombrio is only 22 years old.
Erica was raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire. She attended Mastricola Elementary School, Merrimack Middle School, and Merrimack High School. Erica has worked as a time share sales representative in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina since the age of 19. She is beautiful, smart, strong, funny, and very ambitious, assets which have really helped her succeed in business. She has always been extremely independent and motivated to succeed in life. Recently diagnosed with a rare type of malignant sarcoma tumor located above the crus of the diaphragm and extending to the right of the spine and the back wall of the heart, she is now more than ever determined to use her incredible fighting spirit to win this battle with cancer. Her request for a medical leave of absence was denied due to the fact she not been in her new position for 90 days. She is currently unemployed living with her mother and 2 sisters in Merrimack and has no insurance. After the pet scan was performed and the results were reviewed by Dr. William Nugent at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon, she was immediately sent and admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a hospital which specializes in sarcoma tumors. Erica is now awaiting the results of her third biopsy and the treatment plan from the doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital.