Pat Shotwell’s Faith Over Fear Fund-Finishing His Fight

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Our father, Patrick Shotwell Sr., was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer in October 2017. Patrick was a devoted husband to his wife Debbie, loving father to his three children, and adoring Papa to six grandsons. Unfortunately, like too many others diagnosed with this horrific disease, the patriarch of our family earned his angel wings in February of 2019, fighting for 17 well fought months. Patrick was a self-employed businessman in Duryea, known for his kind nature, willingness to help anyone in need, honesty and integrity, and strength and courageousness. A promise we made to our father before he passed away is that we would continue his fight. We would support and create fundraising initiatives in hopes that other families would not have to suffer the pain and loss that we did. To honor him and continue his legacy of selfless giving we have created the Pat Shotwell’s Faith Over Fear Fund-Finishing His Fight through the help of the Luzerne Foundation. Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States surpassing breast cancer. It is expected to become the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the US by the year 2020, surpassing colorectal cancer. Pennsylvania is the 5th leading state in deaths as a result of pancreatic cancer following CA, FL, TX, and NY.

We must rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer!
In an effort to bring together family, friends, and the community to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer research, the Shotwell Family is holding its Inaugural Prayers for Pat and Pancreatic Cancer Purse Bingo, on Sunday March 1, 2020, at Queen of the Apostles Hall, Avoca. We are asking businesses to sponsor a designer purse, donate products/gift cards for the basket raffle, or food/drinks to be sold at the event.  All proceeds received from the fundraiser will go to continuing to support cancer research and supporting local families in the community battling this terrible disease.
All sponsors will be acknowledged in the event program and on the Prayer’s for Pat Facebook page.  Your generosity is greatly needed and appreciated.  Please contact Ryanne Ziobro at 570.237.6123, or email at with any questions. You can mail sponsorship to 275 Gedding St. Avoca, PA 18641. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

His fight may be over, but ours has just begun!

Ways to sponsor this event.
  • Sponsor a Special bingo game with a monetary or gift donation ($300)
  • Sponsor a regular bingo game with a designer purse ($100)
  • Sponsor a raffle basket/item
  • Donate food and/or drink for the event
  • Provide a monetary donation

Checks can be made payable to: The Luzerne Foundation. In the memo of the check please write Pat Shotwell’s Faith Over Fear Fund   

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