STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – A Lowellville woman held a raffle Sunday in honor of her husband.
Veronica Pitzulo lost her husband to cancer two years ago.
During his treatment, they stayed at Hope Lodge.
“Hope Lodge at the American Cancer Society is a place for patients and their caregivers to come and stay free of charge while receiving cancer treatment far from home,” said Emily Cegles of the American Cancer Society.
Veronica says Hope Lodge was there when she really needed it.
“It’s such an asset for cancer people who aren’t able to afford hotels,” Veronica said. “Well, they’re sick. They’re not working because they’re sick, so they can’t afford a hotel, and they come from all over the country. Even Canada.”
Veronica stayed at Hope Lodge in while her husband had a stem cell transplant.
Now, she wants to give back.
Sunday, she raffled off her 2018 Keystone Bullet camper and donated the money to Hope Lodge in Cleveland. She bought the camper two years ago for her and her husband to use.
“Her passion and generosity for doing all this in support of the Hope Lodge is truly amazing and so heartfelt,” said Cegles.
The fundraiser was held in front of the Handyman Ace Supply store in Struthers Sunday.
“My husband made me a better person. This is what he would have wanted. Thank you, God, that I’m in this position to do it. To the people who sold the tickets and bought them, thank you, everybody. Thank you,” Veronica said.
She sold 200 tickets for the 50/50 raffle. The prize was split $720 to the winner and $720 to Hope Lodge.
In total, she raised $20,720 to donate to Hope Lodge.
A representative of Hope Lodge says the fundraiser will help allow people to continue their stay with loved ones.