Patty Shostek met her husband, Todd, playing softball when they were teenagers and they worked retail together in Weymouth. Together they raised four beautiful daughters (now ages 9-19), who are hard-working, fun-loving and supportive of each other. As a family, they liked to vacation with memorable trips to New Hampshire, Cape Cod and even a drive to Florida, including a stop for photos at “South of the Border” in Georgia.
Just a few years ago, Patty noticed that Todd was losing weight quickly and knew something wasn’t right. After many tests, Todd was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer. An orphan disease with a small patient population, it took a lot of research to get information about this type of cancer. Todd did chemotherapy and participated in clinical trials. During this time, Patty discovered inner strength for her husband, her girls and herself.
The Shosteks met the Andruzzis through mutual friends and family on the Patriot Platelet Pedalers team in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). Todd passed away one month after completing the demanding ride. Thanks to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Patty received a funeral grant that really helped her with bills during a tough time.
“Cancer knocked, came in and we ran with it. The disease took my husband, but didn’t beat him,” said Patty Shostek. “Live. Be happy. Let’s all fight as hard as Todd did so that someday the researchers can find a cure.”