YOUNGSTOWN — Having lost his wife Missy in 2016 to Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his brother Philip to acute myeloid leukemia in 2012, Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti would like to help other families and individuals fighting the same battle by raising money for blood cancer research.
Someone at the Cleveland Clinic nominated him to be part of the Leukemia Society Man and Woman of the Year fundraiser, he told the Mahoning County commissioners recently.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that I lost two brothers back in 2011 and 2012,” Ginnetti said. “My brother Phil, who was the dean of education at Youngstown State University, passed away rather unexpectedly from a very aggressive form of leukemia called AML, acute myeloid leukemia, so I’ve decided to take on this event,” Ginnetti told the commissioners.
Ginnetti said he is going to participate in the fundraiser in honor of his late brother, hoping to “help other families and people who have gone through this and experienced the pain of dealing with the cancer or the loss from cancer.
“As tough as it is to lose somebody, as time goes on, I’ve learned to kind of swallow that pain and use it to help other people,” he said. “It does feel good when you are assisting other people who are going through something as difficult and tragic as we have experienced.”
Through May 16, Ginnetti is trying to raise money by asking supporters to make a donation by visiting the Pat Ginnetti page on the organization’s website at https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/noh/cle21/pginnetti or attending the virtual grand finale gala May 16.
Whoever among the 15 nominated men and women of the year raises the most money in 10 weeks is named the recipient of the award, according to the organization.
Ginnetti has participated in other fundraisers over the years, mostly connected to bone marrow transplants, because his wife Missy died after a 6 1/2 year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She underwent two transplants.
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