SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – The family and friends of Adrienne Toth are ready to talk about their loss and what life has been like since cancer took the 34-year-old Sharon mother from the people who love her.
Gina Caracci was Adrienne’s close friend. She can’t believe Adrienne is gone and says it’s a bitter reality she doesn’t want to accept.
Adrienne died this past December after a long battle with breast cancer. Gina used to check Adrienne’s Facebook page looking for progress reports and updates. It’s a habit she is having a hard time getting away from.
But what may be the hardest part is knowing that Adrienne’s son Kellan, who she fought so hard to keep healthy well before he was even born, will grow up without his mother.
“He’s going to be 3. How do you explain that to a child,” Gina said.
Adrienne found out she was pregnant the same week she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She underwent treatment and gave birth to Kellan in April of 2013.
There are memories Adrienne’s father John Litman wants his grandson to remember. He puts on a brave face, but there are cracks in his tough exterior. He wipes away a tear as he talks about life without Adrienne. His wrist still bears the bracelet that reads “Adrienne’s Army.”
“I don’t wish this on anybody. What my family is going through and what other families have gone through,” Litman said.
John’s mother, aunt and cousins all died from metastatic breast cancer – and now his daughter Adrienne, just three years after being diagnosed. Adrienne’s death has set the family on a mission. Adrienne’s cousin, Tina Rodgers, says the movement is about action.
“Pink is pretty but cancer isn’t. So enough with the pink ribbons…it’s all well and good if it does the right thing, but it is not doing the right thing,” Tina said.