As many of you know, our national hero, and dear friend, Medal of Honor Recipient, Jon Cavaiani passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Jon was the embodiment of valor and courage, on the battlefield and in life. He leaves behind his remarkable wife Barbara.
Despite the lifelong effects of multiple wounds and injuries, Jon distinguished himself, not only as a combat soldier, ROW, Special Forces and Delta Force NCO, but as a tireless champion for military and law enforcement causes. Whenever the Philadelphia committee of The Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF) needed Jon, he was there. Sometimes barely able to walk, or stand, for more than a short time, Jon would tough it out for the “Philly Gang”. After his birth in Ireland and adoption, Jon grew up in California, entered the Army from, and retired to, California. Despite all his ties to the Golden State, Jon’s desire was to be buried from Philadelphia. Such was his love for the folks from Philly.
The last eighteen months may have been Jon’s toughest challenge. A challenge he took on with his characteristic strength and humor. Countless three hundred mile round trips to Stanford Medical Center for exhausting treatments and transfusions, the painful bone marrow transplant, and a hundred days of isolation. Throughout it all Barb stood with Jon, all the while caring for her failing mother. These demands and obligations prevented Barb from working, and Jon’s retirement pay was the only source of income. As Barbara prepares to meet new challenges, and to bring Jon to his final place of rest, her need for funds may be greater than ever.
We are unable to lessen the burden of Jon’s loss on Barb, but we can lessen the financial burden his illness has created. Jon’s Philly family is hosting a special Surf and Turf dinner at the Palm Restaurant, complete with wines and dessert. The Palm and its wine producers have answered the call, allowing us to provide Barb with over 90% of the funds raised. We hope you’re able to join us, and ask that you reach out to anyone you know who might be able to attend. Details below.
Jon Cavaiani Memorial Dinner
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM
The Palm Restaurant
200 South Broad Street
$1000.00 per person
To confirm attendance, or for more information, please contact:
Tony Boyle, 267-438-7144, email@example.com
Brian Grady, 215-605-4297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Wallace, 215-432-6079, email@example.com
Checks should be made to the Jon Cavaiani Memorial Fund. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, a special memorial fund has been established through the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. Donations can be mailed to the Jon Cavaiani Memorial Fund,PO Box 11653, Philadelphia, PA 19116. Every cent received will go to Barb.
View a short tribute to our brother Jon at http://www.mclefphila.org/JC/
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MC-LEF, Philadelphia Committee