From The Beginning
Anna Verrico was a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend to many who built a career in financial services, working for a major global food producer. A World traveller, deep sea diver, runner and gym bunny, In her leisure time she helped others through volunteer work, which she had been passionate about from a very young age.
In her late teens and early 20’s Anna volunteered full-time for a charity, donating for free a thousand hours a year to others who suffered from issues with social mobility, depression and sadness. She was an epic fundraiser, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to support the deaf school in Doncaster and abseiling down the headquarters of Eversheds Sutherland LLP, the skyscraper of Bridgewater Place, Leeds to raise money for MacMillan cancer charity.
After Lucia, her first born, arrived in February 2010 she focused entirely on her daughter and then later on her little boy Alessandro born in 2012. With her husband Paul, life was good.
And then cancer arrived. Initially, the diagnosis in November 2012 was of a stage 1, grade 3 tumour, which was triple negative in nature. It didn’t appear to have spread and so aggressive surgery and chemotherapy followed. Anna had no cancer risk factors: she had always been a fit and healthy girl, eating an organic diet, abstaining from nicotine and drinking rarely. There was no family history of the disease.
During the summer of 2013 after chemotherapy had ceased, Anna trained for a local half marathon and enlisted the help of a dozen friends to raise money for cancer research. When the horrendous news of her terminal condition was known and the cancer had returned, Anna resolved to complete what she had started. Refusing to use a mobility scooter or a buggy, she prevailed on the organisers of the half marathon to activate a fun run which Anna completed in order to fulfil her money raising obligations.
What followed was then a desperate 10 week fight for treatment options, including revolutionary treatments practised by a Harley Street clinic. Her death, on the late evening of 19 November 2013, was a tragedy to all who loved her. She displayed stoic determination and ultimate devotion to her family and faced a bitter enemy with resolve, strong conviction and a full heart. Anna’s firm belief, despite overwhelming contrary opinion, was metastatic, aggressive, hard to treat breast cancer was an inconvenience but was not going to beat her. Her friends and family resolved that Anna would not lose her fight with the disease, she would intend to serve as the inspiration to help other families gain more tomorrows and her motto of never giving up would serve as a touchstone for those in a similar situation.
We are Team Verrico, we bring hope where there is none.