Wellesley Youth Hockey coach Joe Oliveri is running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year title on behalf of his co-coach/partner Katelyn Kurth’s brother Tom, who has fought Hodgkin’s Lymphoma over the past year.
Tom was diagnosed unexpectedly last year with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and spent most of last summer in a medically induced coma. With almost all of his organs failing, the family was told to prepare for the worst. “Nothing short of a miracle and an eleventh hour experimental mixture of several chemos enabled Tom Kurth to become cancer free and he’s now making a full recovery at home in New Jersey,” writes Chris Georgenes, who has a son coached by Oliveri and Katelyn Kurth.
Oliveri, a Wellesley resident, is inspired to raise funds to fight cancer after seeing the effects of Tom Kurth’s blood disease up close. Here’s a link to his Man of the Year page. The Man of the Year contest is accepting donations until May 22.
A fundraiser party (band, games, auction, food) for Oliveri’s Man of the Year campaign will be held this Friday, March 28 from 7-11:30pm at the Italo American Club in Wellesley (kids welcome). A $50 donation is recommended. Email or call Chris Georgenes for more info: 781-492-0108