July 6, 1965 – April 19, 2016
by Cindy Buckley Koren
I can’t remember a time when Sandy Napolitano was not my BEST friend. It all started when she joined the Bluebird troop that met at my house. Yup, Bluebirds. Seems like just yesterday we were walking to and from Smith Road Elementary School or riding our three speed bikes to Hamilton Swim Club… I remember Sandy’s dad rigged her bike up with curlicue handlebars so it would look “cool” —like real ten-speed. So, I — of course, copied that right away—I copied a lot of things from Sandy.
I remember how intimidated I was of how cool her older brother and sister were and how much fun we all had riding in the back of Mr. Keller’s pick up truck with the speakers blasting and us girls bouncing around in the back — singing away at the top of our lungs. Music always seemed an important part of our times together. And it was music that got me… I was in my car on Tuesday. I was thinking and praying about Sandy and…. BAM — This song came on…and it got me bawling… You know the one…. It’s from the Breakfast Club. – Don’t Don’t Don’t – Don’t You Forget About Me….
I had to pull over.
COME ON SANDY – NOBODY is going to forget YOU! — YOU are UNFORGETTABLE.
And it hit me… The song was a sign. I realized, I wasn’t meant to talk about what Sandy WAS… I need to talk about what she IS – and Sandy Napolitano IS unforgettable. (more…)
Congratulations to TEAM Power Through IT!!!!
We CRUSHED our fundraising goals thanks to all of our terrific sponsors and all who participated. It was an awesome time with great people. Sara would be happy to know that participants came in from all over the country: Sheryl “Brickie” from Texas. Tom Lottermoser from Chicago. Tom Linkous and Kim Hickox from Delaware. Vince Kretschmer from Michigan. And by the way, that sign that Vinnie made with the Sara Photo Bomb….was PRICELESS.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…. to everyone for making our first tournament a HUGE success.
August 1, 2015
Sara Percival Valenti Memorial Fundraiser Golf Tournament
Northern Pines Golf Course, Cicero NY.
See our Event on Facebook. (more…)
On June 9, 2015 The Power Through It committee had the honor of presenting four scholarships to Cicero North Syracuse graduating seniors. (more…)
Yes, that list—the list of the names of former classmates that are no longer of this earthly world. The list is a big responsibility—and, as such, we share the burden with the interwebs. If you know of any names that should or, should not be included on this list—please let us know.
Power Through It began as a tribute to friendship and has grown into a support network that keeps us connected to our friends, family and community. It is now home of our stories—we hope you enjoy them and share them—but more than anything, we would love to add your Power Through It journey to our collection. (more…)
by Danny Percival
May 17th 1965 – that was the day the Percival family received a new addition – Sara Dean – and for me it was love at first sight – in the 48 years since that day she has been known by many names, Sara, Scooter, Scoot, Mom, Aunt Sara & The Chosen One. Let me explain the last one, this is an affectionate name (sometimes) that Doug and I called Sara from time to time and this past 4th of July we witnessed the great humorous side of our sister. For years every 4th Scoot, Doug & I have a ritual of going to town by boat after the fireworks to see old friends from our summers at the lake. Well, this year for some reason our parents didn’t think it was a good idea and we were like “Really?” After some discussion between the three of us, out of the blue, Sara said “Let me talk to them, after all I am the chosen one.” So while we were on our way to town that night by boat we all had a good laugh. You see this is the Sara I know and love, never too full of herself, but cherishing the little things in life. Even though her life was cut short, Sara would not want us to feel sorry for her because that was not part of her makeup, and this is evident in the way she lived her life to the fullest each and every day, even up to the very end. One night I was talking with Sandy Valenti and she was telling me about when she would take Sara to treatments and they would talk, not about why me or this isn’t fair, but about what projects and tasks she had to do in the coming days. Sandy then used a phrase that hit me like a ton of bricks because it described Sara to a T, Sandy said “Dan it was amazing. Sara just powered through the treatments.” This was evident. When I asked Sara one time how it was going, she said and I quote “Danny, I can handle the treatments but they are a pain in the ass because they interfere with my plans”… she powered through it. This past summer we celebrated our parents 50th anniversary in Long Lake. The date was right after one of her treatments and the doctor was against it, but she negotiated using the argument “But I have the dinner.” As bad as she felt…she came…she powered through it. Even in her last months she went to Colorado to visit her daughter Nicki. She got all three kids off to college, did eight hour shifts at work, and arranged treatments so she could enjoy her weekends with her friends……she powered through it. In the last week that Sara was with us, even though she was not feeling well, she still went to see her daughter, Jessie, play soccer and see her son, Eric, not once but twice in 5 days, she powered through it. (more…)