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In memory of Will Strouse

Created by Michael Manzo

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