CUMBERLAND â€” Over the past 44 years, Jessyca Katz Perlman has made an impact on countless lives in both her personal and professional life.
Friends say everyone who meets Jess is impressed by her smile, her warmth, and her positive attitude, all of which have become even more remarkable given her diagnosis of Stage 4 brain cancer in July 2011.
"Jess's indomitable spirit has been evident throughout multiple brain surgeries, procedures, and treatments," says close friend Kathleen Dennen of Cumberland. "Who else but Jess would talk about visualizing white lights and rainbows while undergoing radiation?"
Close friends and family say there is no doubt about the strength and courage Jess and her husband, Ian, have demonstrated throughout the ordeal. There is also no mistaking the burden the illness has placed on their personal and financial resources. That's why Friends of Jess is trying to raise money to ease the family's financial burden as well as bridge any gaps that could result in limitations in the care Jess receives.
Friends of Jess are holding a fundraiser to help defray the medical costs of the Cumberland mother of two. The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Point Street Dueling Pianos, 1 Davol Square, Providence.
Tickets cost $40 per person, and include a buffet, raffles and auction, with entertainment provided by the dueling pianos.
"It will be a fun event with dueling piano players and singers," Dennen says. "The two piano players involve the audience and do all sorts of funny things with everyone present. The food will be gourmet, so everyone should have a great time and come out to support this wonderful lady."
Jessyca was diagnosed in July of 2011 with a Stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme. The cause of this type of cancer is largely unknown and the treatment and prognosis are equally baffling. A member of Spin Works in town, Jessyca realized something was wrong last year when she came back from a run and was having trouble with articulation and orientation.
Since July of 2011, she has gone through radiation, chemotherapy, multiple brain surgeries, and endless doctor visits. Friends say Ian, Jessâ€™s husband, offers tremendous support and together, along with their family and friends, work hard to keep life as normal as possible for the family.
Jessyca and Ian have two children, Jacob and Jayden, who attend the Community School in Cumberland.
Ian says the support from friends has been "pretty amazing." His wife just started a new treatment last week, and though she struggles with speech, she is improving, he said.
She still runs and spins every day, Ian said, and she was even back to exercising days after each of her multiple brain surgeries.
Tickets for the fundraiser at Point Street Dueling Pianos can be purchased at the front desk of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club, 8 Cray St.
Those interested in tickets can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you send an email, include name, address, telephone number and the number of tickets needed.
Checks should be made payable to the Katz-Perlman Family Fund.
Organizers are also accepting gift items and baskets to be raffled, as well as monetary donations.
If youâ€™d like you may make a cash donation and send checks payable to the Katz-Perlman Family Fund to Kathleen Dennen, 8 Ethier Way, Cumberland, RI 02864.
For more information, send an email to email@example.com or call Kathy at (401) 440-0225.