The Carmeline Del Vecchio Memorial Foundation (CDMF) was organized in memory of Carmeline Del Vecchio who was a wife, mother and friend. She was one of the kindest and loving people you could ever meet. The foundation was started by Dennis Del Vecchio (husband), Marc Del Vecchio (son) and Adam Del Vecchio (son). The foundation is a non-profit exempt organization incorporated in the state of New Jersey in 2012. The purpose of the foundation is to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Carmeline Del Vecchio Scholarship Program by holding charity benefit events during the year. The organization donates half the net proceeds raised to the MMRF and half to two students aspiring for a career in some aspect of the medical profession.
Carmeline Del Vecchio was born Carmeline Lisanti and attended Long Branch High School where she met her husband during her senior year. Carmeline Del Vecchio, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in November, 2006. On September 11, 2011, almost five years to the month, she lost her battle to this dreadful disease. The CDMF is committed to keeping Carmeline’s memory alive by raising money for the MMRF and providing an educational scholarships in her name.
Multiple Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for Multiple Myeloma is approximately 38 percent, one of the lowest of all cancers.
Without the MMRF Carmeline would not have survived five years. When she was first diagnosed the family was told not to expect more than two years. Through the efforts of the MMRF and new drugs made available, Carmeline was given hope and remained positive about her prognosis until her passing. We are convinced the MMRF provided Carmeline an additional 3 years to spend together with family, friends and loved ones.
The CDMF wants to thank everyone that has played a role in making the Carmeline Del Vecchio Memorial Foundation such a success. With the continued support the Foundation receives from its supporters we are able to memorialize Carmeline’s wonderful spirit and love of life. Even with her greatest struggle Carmeline always felt there were people with greater struggles than her own and she spoke with me many times about wanting to give something back to the MMRF. Unfortunately, she ran out of time. This is our way to make her desire become reality. Without all of you this would not be possible. On behalf of my family we want you to know that we are eternally grateful for your generosity.