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In memory of Will Strouse

Created by Michael Manzo

Will Strouse

October 7, 2018 Update:
It's been one year since we lost Will, but his memory lives on strong in so many ways. From an upcoming hockey tournament in his name, to planting an oak tree by his resting place, to at least two babies born bearing the middle name William in his honor, our friend and loved one is present not only in our thoughts, but in our actions. I know Will would be proud of how he is remembered, most often with a smile and having a good time in only the way that Will Strouse would want. Brittany's strength continues to be an inspiration and it's always touching to see and hear the ways that she and Will's family honor Will's memory and celebrate Will's life. So on this one year anniversary of Will's passing, we just wanted to recirculate this donation page, not for your money, but to continue to raise awareness, help with early detection, and hopefully bring an end to this disease--amazing developments in immunotherapy are brining us closer by the minute. Also remember to hug your loved ones and cherish each day we are here because tomorrow is never promised and every day is truly a gift.


Will Strouse was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, family member, and great friend to so many people. In December 2016 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. DBDiana Bowen
2. 22019 Christmas Party Donation
3. GKGabriel Kornbluh
4. LSLindsey And Dusty Seltzer
5. WWill Power 💪
6. SBSarah Butler
7. Michael Manzo
8. EAEthan Ash
9. KKelli & Jeff
10. SZStephen Zimmerman
11. LPLuke Powell
12. CChristmas Party Donation
13. ACAlana Cassidy
14. MCMeghan Cieslak
15. TOTrisha OConnor
16. MMMichael & Amy Manzo
17. BCBen Chiappinelli
18. JSJoseph Strouse
19. ?Anonymous
20. 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
21. DNDan Nagelberg
22. DBDeana Bollaci
23. SMSusan McCarthy
24. AMAshley Middleton
26. NPNickos Papageorge
27. ELEvan Levent
28. LILecia Imbery
29. SMSusan McCarthy
30. MKMark Kandra
31. WKWilliam Koch
32. ACAlana Cassidy
33. LMLauren & Travis Moon
34. BMBevan Morrison
35. WWilliam Edward Torres
36. AKAnne Kieslich
37. MHMarjorie Hennessey
38. CBCharlotte Barewicz
39. TCTrust Company Of Vermont
40. MDMichael D'Agostino
41. KEKelli Ellis
42. KSKatie Staniforth
43. CWChris & Phil Wolf
44. DPDustin Pusch
45. BSBrittany Strouse
46. MSMargaret Strouse
47. MCMeghan Cieslak
48. DDDerek Donofrio
49. HCHayley Cooke
50. CWChristina Wolf
52. TOTrish OConnor
53. KHKate Harrington
54. SBSarah Butler
55. RFRebecca Fromer
In memory and honor of Trisha's dear friend Will
56. CSCathleen Scully-Bronson
57. PMPeg Maffitt
58. MSMargaret Smith
59. MMMark And Diane McBride
60. MBMargie Berger
61. RMRonald And Elaine Mensh
62. ANAmy Newsock
63. DMDana And Bill Mann
64. 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
65. PNPeter And Kathy Nowlan
66. MEMarci Eggers
67. MPMichaela Page
68. AKAndrea Kenney
I would like to help with ongoing and future treatment for colon cancer in William's name. Andy Kenney
69. SCSean Courtney
70. SLSusan & Mr. John Louchheim
71. HBHannah Bevins
72. MVMegan Viens
73. 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.
74. RFRay And Laurel Tanguay And Family
75. 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
76. EGErin Gleason
77. AAnonymous
78. MZMary Zatina
Sending you strength to help you cope with the loss of Will
79. 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
80. RBRebecca Balkin
81. JNJohn Nichols
82. TThe Bilich Family
83. CCCaroline Catalano
84. NPNickos Papageorge
85. BPBetsy Perna
86. JSJillian Sheehan
87. DBDavid Bond
From Strouse & Bond, with great sadness.
88. BBBenjamin Barron
89. TThe Gaito Family
90. 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
91. OOn behalf of Alex Razzook
92. MQMaura Quinn
93. EHEvan Hathaway
We will keep your loving, generous spirit alive buddy. You will always be with us and in our hearts and memories.
94. KCKevin Canavan
95. MBMeghan Butler
96. 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.
97. AA M Fletcher
Proud to call you my friend Will Strouse.
98. EErin & Heidi Moreau
99. SBShawn Bonneau
100. SSarah & Mike Sciortino
101. JLJill Lowrey
In memory of Will - someone I never met, but whom I knew through Lauren's love of him and Brittany.
102. DDan & Karen Poulin
103. HHeidi Hansen and Daniel Weise
104. CMConstance Martin
105. DSDonia Shirley-Douglas
106. SSarah & Michael Carpenter
107. PPatrick
108. RBRobbie Bovino
109. CCindy Mackin
110. MCMary Christian
To stop this terrible disease and the loss of brilliant people like Will.
111. 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.
112. GBGreer Budge
113. SSScott Sturycz
114. pcPeter Chepucavage
115. MHMary Heyer
116. MOMarianne Odell
117. TThe Byers Family
118. OOld Glory (Hockey Team)
119. CChris & Susan Connolly
120. WGWilliam Goodliffe
121. 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 ??
122. EEllina Heitkamp and Benjamin Conlon
123. KKriston Families
In loving memory of our wonderful friend, Will Strouse, from the David, Matthew , Michael, and Charlie Kriston Families
124. MMargy Sahinkaya
125. AAndrea and Dan Fenton
126. WDWilliam DeLancey
127. ATAriana Tantillo
128. CPChris Palmadesso
To the memory of a dear friend and a great hockey player. We will miss you will strouse
129. BFBarbara Fienman
Sorry for your family's loss.
130. WTWilliam Torres
132. RRob and Nicole Vetere
133. GGeoff Gaida
134. MAMatthew Ash
135. CMCarrie Myatt
136. 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.
137. CTChristopher Terrien
138. 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!
139. TWTimothy Woodcock
To Will and Brittany - my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
140. MMatt Giuffre
141. MMeghan (Joyce) Stellman, CUA 05
My thoughts and prayers go to Will's wife and his family.
142. RZRachel Zaentz
143. MKMarc Kroopneck
144. TThe Rubis Family
145. JGJack Gocke
God Bless Will and Brittany.
146. BNBrendan Nardozzi
147. 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.
148. AGAndrew Gamm
149. KKaren and Felton Jenkins
150. TThe Doctors and Staff of Champlain Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
151. KIKevin Igo
Lauren and Kevin
152. DBDavid Berry
In honor of a great man who is missed by all.
153. BBrian and Lori Kasupski
154. RRoseanne Withycombe
155. 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
156. SBSara Bostwick
157. DBDonald Bellisario
158. SPSharon Phelan
159. CBCommunity Bank Trust Services
Carleen Tufo
160. MMike & Amy
161. UUncle Don
Will and Brittany, Love you both! Uncle Don
162. PMPeter Manzo
163. HHelen (Houff) and Justin Doughty
Fight the good fight, Will! Sending prayers your way!
164. PSPhilip Simon
165. AAmanda and Ben Marcus
166. MMarc & Deb
167. LLove from Chip and Mary
168. JJeffrey Hutchinson
169. MBMarion Bradley
170. CIConstance Isabelle
You are such an incredible couple. We love you so much! God Bless. Rick & Connie
171. EHElise Hu Stiles
172. RCRuth Chiappinelli
173. CConnolly family
174. KHKathleen Heyer
175. EErin Heyer
176. KEKelli Ellis
177. AMAndrew Melnick
178. AFAleshia Fife
179. AFAnthony M Fletcher
180. MRMaureen Renna
Sending prayers and good thoughts your way! -Maureen & Charlie ( Trisha's Aunt & Uncle)
181. TThad Ozyck
182. MMMichael McNeil
183. NNick and Kristin Messina
Fuck cancer. We love you guys.
184. 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
185. EBElizabeth Barsom
186. BBarsom Family
187. jBJohn Burwell
For the cause.
188. MSMichael Stober
189. JJoe and Debby Heyer
190. BEBrendon Eckhoff
Keep on fighting. Praying for you guys, Brendon & Laura
191. RTRichard Thorne
192. AMAshley Mitchell
193. MLMartin Locraft
194. NPNan Patrick
195. TThe Kay family
196. PPaul Sabella
197. NKNicholas Kahl
198. MHMichael Howenstine
Thoughts and prayers sent to all - keep fighting!!!!
199. PPete and Nicole Antil
200. SCSarah Curry
201. AAunt Liz
202. AAllison and Ryan Keeley
Love you Will, Britt, and Bentley!
203. BBill & Sandy Coady
May God be with you always.
204. TMTodd Malan
205. CChristina & Dave McPhillips
Love ya guys. Thinking of you.
206. KKareem & Veronica
207. KKearney & Company
208. EREric Roncone
209. SMSusan McCarthy
210. MMichael and Marchelle Leonard
211. MMatt and Betsy Rogers
212. TCTanner Chase
213. WWill Torres
Thinking of you often
214. TTrish OConnor
215. KCKatharine Christian
216. SSean Muldowney and a Theresa Squitieri
217. LGLiza Geduldig
Love Always - Liza xoxo
218. LLindsey & Chrissy Callahan
Will & Britt - thinking of you always. Keep up the fight! Love you guys. Xoxox
219. AAndie Kelly
220. JBJosh Brown
221. DODavid O'Sullivan
222. BBrenda Isabelle
Love you, Will & Brittany!
223. CChris Skarka
224. DDusty and Lindsey
225. KHKathleen Hutchinson
We love you Will!!
226. TThe Eattock Family
227. CGCarly Garrison
228. BHBora Haik
229. ANAmy Ngai
230. CWCraig Wolfer
231. SSarah B.
Love you, Will!
232. MMarty and Lynn
233. TTom Heyer
234. LILauren Isabelle
235. NRNina Rodriguez
236. GFGarrett Fishman
237. 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.
238. JJulie & Danny
239. RWRoseanne Withycombe
240. Michael Manzo