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In memory of Will Strouse

Created by Michael Manzo

Will Strouse

Will Strouse was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, family member, and great friend to so many people. Last December at just 34 years old, Will was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. After a hard-fought battle, Will unfortunately succumbed to this disease on October 7th 2017, less than one year from his diagnosis. Throughout this struggle Will maintained a positive attitude, faith in God, and a sense of humor that was nothing short of inspirational, as was the support and strength that Will’s amazing wife Brittany provided throughout this entire process.

As we are forced to say goodbye to our loved one, Will’s memory and legacy will live on in the many of us whose lives he’s touched. One way to pay tribute to Will’s legacy and honor his struggle in a way that we know he would be proud of is by raising awareness to help save a life through early detection of colon cancer. Colon cancer is experiencing a dramatic rise in young people (under 55 years old), but sadly the cause is largely unknown. Because testing isn’t yet recommended at earlier ages, detection is often in later stages, which are much harder to treat, as was the case with Will. Short of a cure, raising awareness of the possible signs of colon cancer and knowing the risk factors is probably the best way we can proactively combat this disease in the meantime.

Please take this opportunity to learn more about a problem that is increasingly impacting segments of our society for reasons the medical community cannot yet figure out. Donations in Will’s name via this website are greatly appreciated and will go towards research and awareness efforts, but donations aside, please take the time to educate yourself about colon cancer and what we can do to prevent it, fight it, and defeat it. There are numerous articles and studies available online, including through this site, that offer a variety of resources, statistics, risk factors, and symptoms, as well as the inspiring stories of those who suffer from this horrible disease.

Links to Colon Cancer Articles:

Finally, since this page was created in Will's honor, I'd like to let his own words serve as an introduction to the struggle that he and Brittany have faced since his diagnosis, taken from the 1st edition of Will’s periodic “Colon Cancer Chronicles.”

March 8th, 2017:

This past December, as a result of some abdominal discomfort I took a rare trip to the doctor. After a week of probiotics, then a week of antibiotics, a CT scan revealed the worst of potential causes. Cancer started in the colon, but we did not catch it early, and it had already spread to the liver, lungs, abdomen, and possibly bone.

After additional scans and a biopsy at Dana Farber in Boston, we've been receiving treatment at the UVM Medical Center in Vermont. We have a significant team assembled in Boston and Burlington (oncologists, surgeons, nurses, a dietitian, an herbalist) to help us battle on all fronts.

I believe the most significant and impactful action you can take is prayer. Those of you lapsed Catholics - here's your reason to stop in for a visit. Those of other another faith, your thoughts and prayers are certainly still greatly appreciated. I ask that you also keep Brittany in your prayers; there's a lot of work to be done and much of the burden falls on her shoulders.

The gift of faith has made this time significantly easier to endure. I am very thankful for good mental health. I am thankful for tolerance of treatment. I am thankful for remarkable support from everyone near and far. I am thankful to those of you I have been able to visit with; and look forward to seeing more friends and family in the days and months ahead. I am thankful to those who have sent along notes in the past weeks, and my apologies if I didn't send a direct response, but be assured your messages have been received and are greatly appreciated.

More to come -

Guest Book

raised of $10,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. ?Anonymous
2. MEMaryanne Ellis
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband. We have been thinking of you and praying for you. You have been so strong and courageous and we hope that your faith continues to help you to find peace and comfort somehow in the days ahead. May God bless you. The Ellis Family
3. DNDan Nagelberg
4. DBDeana Bollaci
5. SMSusan McCarthy
6. AMAshley Middleton
8. NPNickos Papageorge
9. ELEvan Levent
10. LILecia Imbery
11. SMSusan McCarthy
12. MKMark Kandra
13. WKWilliam Koch
14. ACAlana Cassidy
15. LMLauren & Travis Moon
16. BMBevan Morrison
17. WWilliam Edward Torres
18. AKAnne Kieslich
19. MHMarjorie Hennessey
20. CBCharlotte Barewicz
21. TCTrust Company Of Vermont
22. MDMichael D'Agostino
23. KEKelli Ellis
24. KSKatie Staniforth
25. CWChris & Phil Wolf
26. DPDustin Pusch
27. BSBrittany Strouse
28. MSMargaret Strouse
29. MCMeghan Cieslak
30. DDDerek Donofrio
31. HCHayley Cooke
32. CWChristina Wolf
34. TOTrish OConnor
35. KHKate Harrington
36. SBSarah Butler
37. RFRebecca Fromer
In memory and honor of Trisha's dear friend Will
38. CSCathleen Scully-Bronson
39. PMPeg Maffitt
40. MSMargaret Smith
41. MMMark And Diane McBride
42. MBMargie Berger
43. RMRonald And Elaine Mensh
44. ANAmy Newsock
45. DMDana And Bill Mann
46. jMJoanne Mullaney
Brittany, Connie, Rick, Kristen and Lauren, Brittany, thank you for sharing Will with me, in both Portsmouth (in the earlier days) and at the concert. I saw firsthand what a very special person he was. I will forever be touched. I pray for you all each and everyday. xoxo All our love, Joanne and Bob
47. PNPeter And Kathy Nowlan
48. MEMarci Eggers
49. MPMichaela Page
50. AKAndrea Kenney
I would like to help with ongoing and future treatment for colon cancer in William's name. Andy Kenney
51. SCSean Courtney
52. SLSusan & Mr. John Louchheim
53. HBHannah Bevins
54. MVMegan Viens
55. TGTimberlane Dental Group
We at Timberlane Dental Group were saddened to hear of the loss, and we hope you find comfort in your many happy memories at this time.
56. RFRay And Laurel Tanguay And Family
57. LLindsey and David Huddle
Deepest sympathy to Brittany and the whole Strouse family. Will was a remarkable young man, and his death is felt far and wide. His service was truly beautiful, and very inspiring. Blessings to you all. Lindsey and David Huddle
58. EGErin Gleason
59. AAnonymous
60. MZMary Zatina
Sending you strength to help you cope with the loss of Will
61. EFEarl Furfine
I will miss Will tremendously. He was an important part of Cardinal Technologies and a good friend. My thoughts are with all of you. -Earl
62. RBRebecca Balkin
63. JNJohn Nichols
64. TThe Bilich Family
65. CCCaroline Catalano
66. NPNickos Papageorge
67. BPBetsy Perna
68. JSJillian Sheehan
69. DBDavid Bond
From Strouse & Bond, with great sadness.
70. BBBenjamin Barron
71. TThe Gaito Family
72. CJCynthia Jarrin
Thank you for always brightening our days with your infectious smile and laugh. We will forever cherish our memories of Will and strive to live a life full of joy and positivism as Will did. -Cindy & John
73. OOn behalf of Alex Razzook
74. MQMaura Quinn
75. EHEvan Hathaway
We will keep your loving, generous spirit alive buddy. You will always be with us and in our hearts and memories.
76. KCKevin Canavan
77. MBMeghan Butler
78. KKaty Farnham & Rita Markley
Currys and Strouses, we are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful comfort you are for each other throughout this tragic chapter. Will's faith and love are an inspiration, and his death is reminds us about blessings and gratitude. The Markleys are with you in our hearts and thoughts.
79. AA M Fletcher
Proud to call you my friend Will Strouse.
80. EErin & Heidi Moreau
81. SBShawn Bonneau
82. SSarah & Mike Sciortino
83. JLJill Lowrey
In memory of Will - someone I never met, but whom I knew through Lauren's love of him and Brittany.
84. DDan & Karen Poulin
85. HHeidi Hansen and Daniel Weise
86. CMConstance Martin
87. DSDonia Shirley-Douglas
88. SSarah & Michael Carpenter
89. PPatrick
90. RBRobbie Bovino
91. CCindy Mackin
92. MCMary Christian
To stop this terrible disease and the loss of brilliant people like Will.
93. CRCynthia Robinson
Will and I went to college together. He was a really truly wonderful person. I am so incredibly saddened to hear of his tragic passing. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family.
94. GBGreer Budge
95. SSScott Sturycz
96. pcPeter Chepucavage
97. MHMary Heyer
98. MOMarianne Odell
99. TThe Byers Family
100. OOld Glory (Hockey Team)
101. CChris & Susan Connolly
102. WGWilliam Goodliffe
103. TBTarrah Beebe
Will was an amazing guy, so full of energy and life. He will be missed but that positivity will live on in all of us. Thank you for the opportunity to support this cause in his honor. Much love ??
104. EEllina Heitkamp and Benjamin Conlon
105. KKriston Families
In loving memory of our wonderful friend, Will Strouse, from the David, Matthew , Michael, and Charlie Kriston Families
106. MMargy Sahinkaya
107. AAndrea and Dan Fenton
108. WDWilliam DeLancey
109. ATAriana Tantillo
110. CPChris Palmadesso
To the memory of a dear friend and a great hockey player. We will miss you will strouse
111. BFBarbara Fienman
Sorry for your family's loss.
112. WTWilliam Torres
114. RRob and Nicole Vetere
115. GGeoff Gaida
116. MAMatthew Ash
117. CMCarrie Myatt
118. SSusan McCarthy
It seems impossible you are gone! I will love you and miss you forever. We'll keep raising money in your memory to put an end to this horrible disease.
119. CTChristopher Terrien
120. BBritt & Bryant Welch
We love you Will and we'll miss you forever! We'll think of you every time we hit the ice and have a big gathering as you were larger than life!
121. TWTimothy Woodcock
To Will and Brittany - my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
122. MMatt Giuffre
123. MMeghan (Joyce) Stellman, CUA 05
My thoughts and prayers go to Will's wife and his family.
124. RZRachel Zaentz
125. MKMarc Kroopneck
126. TThe Rubis Family
127. JGJack Gocke
God Bless Will and Brittany.
128. BNBrendan Nardozzi
129. WKWilliam Kell
So sad to hear this news. You were a great guy and a great teammate. My thoughts and sincere condolences to the Strouse family and friends.
130. AGAndrew Gamm
131. KKaren and Felton Jenkins
132. TThe Doctors and Staff of Champlain Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
133. KIKevin Igo
Lauren and Kevin
134. DBDavid Berry
In honor of a great man who is missed by all.
135. BBrian and Lori Kasupski
136. RRoseanne Withycombe
137. KKat Christian
Will - I love and miss you....the world was a better, more joyous place with you in it. I will hold on tightly to the memories we have. Brittany - All of my thoughts and prayers are with you. xoxo
138. SBSara Bostwick
139. DBDonald Bellisario
140. SPSharon Phelan
141. CBCommunity Bank Trust Services
Carleen Tufo
142. MMike & Amy
143. UUncle Don
Will and Brittany, Love you both! Uncle Don
144. PMPeter Manzo
145. HHelen (Houff) and Justin Doughty
Fight the good fight, Will! Sending prayers your way!
146. PSPhilip Simon
147. AAmanda and Ben Marcus
148. MMarc & Deb
149. LLove from Chip and Mary
150. JJeffrey Hutchinson
151. MBMarion Bradley
152. CIConstance Isabelle
You are such an incredible couple. We love you so much! God Bless. Rick & Connie
153. EHElise Hu Stiles
154. RCRuth Chiappinelli
155. CConnolly family
156. KHKathleen Heyer
157. EErin Heyer
158. KEKelli Ellis
159. AMAndrew Melnick
160. AFAleshia Fife
161. AFAnthony M Fletcher
162. MRMaureen Renna
Sending prayers and good thoughts your way! -Maureen & Charlie ( Trisha's Aunt & Uncle)
163. TThad Ozyck
164. MMMichael McNeil
165. NNick and Kristin Messina
Fuck cancer. We love you guys.
166. BBern & Crystal Isabelle
Will & Britt, We love you guys and are praying for God's all powerful healing. Have faith and keep fighting because you will beat this sudden storm in your life. Bern & Crystal
167. EBElizabeth Barsom
168. BBarsom Family
169. jBJohn Burwell
For the cause.
170. MSMichael Stober
171. JJoe and Debby Heyer
172. BEBrendon Eckhoff
Keep on fighting. Praying for you guys, Brendon & Laura
173. RTRichard Thorne
174. AMAshley Mitchell
175. MLMartin Locraft
176. NPNan Patrick
177. TThe Kay family
178. PPaul Sabella
179. NKNicholas Kahl
180. MHMichael Howenstine
Thoughts and prayers sent to all - keep fighting!!!!
181. PPete and Nicole Antil
182. SCSarah Curry
183. AAunt Liz
184. AAllison and Ryan Keeley
Love you Will, Britt, and Bentley!
185. BBill & Sandy Coady
May God be with you always.
186. TMTodd Malan
187. CChristina & Dave McPhillips
Love ya guys. Thinking of you.
188. KKareem & Veronica
189. KKearney & Company
190. EREric Roncone
191. SMSusan McCarthy
192. MMichael and Marchelle Leonard
193. MMatt and Betsy Rogers
194. TCTanner Chase
195. WWill Torres
Thinking of you often
196. TTrish OConnor
197. KCKatharine Christian
198. SSean Muldowney and a Theresa Squitieri
199. LGLiza Geduldig
Love Always - Liza xoxo
200. LLindsey & Chrissy Callahan
Will & Britt - thinking of you always. Keep up the fight! Love you guys. Xoxox
201. AAndie Kelly
202. JBJosh Brown
203. DODavid O'Sullivan
204. BBrenda Isabelle
Love you, Will & Brittany!
205. CChris Skarka
206. DDusty and Lindsey
207. KHKathleen Hutchinson
We love you Will!!
208. TThe Eattock Family
209. CGCarly Garrison
210. BHBora Haik
211. ANAmy Ngai
212. CWCraig Wolfer
213. SSarah B.
Love you, Will!
214. MMarty and Lynn
215. TTom Heyer
216. LILauren Isabelle
217. NRNina Rodriguez
218. GFGarrett Fishman
219. JJess, Pat & Brynn Ross
Proud to donate to such a worthy cause on behalf of an amazing man and friend. We love you Will. Keep fighting.
220. JJulie & Danny
221. RWRoseanne Withycombe
222. Michael Manzo