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Holiday Fundraiser for Duttine Family Set for Dec. 18 at Saint Elizabeth's

Mother, Julie, died from cancer at 36 on Dec. 7. Four-year-old son, Jaden, continues to fight the disease.

Cancer never hits a family easily, but in the case of the Duttine family, of , the disease has been especially rough.

Jaden Duttine, son of Joseph and Julie (Andrulonis) Duttine, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. Jaden has since turned 4 and is doing better, but he is still not out of the woods.

And mother Julie, at the age of 36, who fought cancer alongside her son for two years and for much longer overall, died from the disease on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Joseph, Jaden and Jaden's older brother, Joey, continue to live on, but battling cancer on two fronts has been very costly for the family.

The Baldwin-Whitehall community and neighbors from surrounding areas gathered two years ago for a fundraiser for the Duttines, and on Sunday, Dec. 18, along Route 51 in will host another fundraiser for the family—"Wrapped with Love"—from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Alumni and current students from Saint Elizabeth School will wrap gifts after Masses that day in the school cafeteria, which can be accessed from the Saint Elizabeth Church parking lot. Attendees are asked to bring gifts (in boxes, please) to have them wrapped for Christmas.

The wrappers are asking for a donation to the Duttines of any amount in return.

Those interested in attending who need more information should contact Sam Doyle, who is helping to organize the event, at 412-885-3779.

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Billee December 13, 2011 at 03:22 PM
This article reminds us that each day is a gift and should be "Wrapped In Love"! Much to often we take our lives for granted. The picture of the family at the beach reminds me of the song - I Can Only Imagine Will the church take a flat donation?
Robert Edward Healy, III December 13, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Billee, I'm sure that the family will accept a donation even if you have no presents that need wrapped.
Sam Dorsey December 22, 2011 at 01:29 PM
We had a very successful fundraiser on Sunday at St. Elizabeth, due to the wonderful volunteers and generous donors from all around our community. Thanks to everyone involved!

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