Help for the Holzer Family

For: Holzer Family
Organizer: Team Wonder Twin
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 357 donors
73% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

At the age of 43, Denise Holzer was diagnosed with the most difficult to treat and aggressive type of breast cancer, Triple Negative. After a grueling year of chemo, losing her beautiful curls, sickness, surgery and radiation, we were cautiously optimistic that she would beat the odds and remain cancer-free for years to come. Life seemed back to normal.

But early in 2013, Denise felt a lump on the side of her neck. She also noticed her left arm was showing signs of lymphedema. Our deepest fears were confirmed. Her cancer had returned and metastasized into her lymph system. Despite a year of chemo, it spread to her bones, brain and liver. In 2014, she required surgery to insert a drain into her lung and underwent aggressive chemo and radiation to help with severe pain and breathing difficulty the tumors were causing.

By summer 2014, scans showed that the cancer was spreading quickly and causing intolerable pain to her weakened body. She told her family that she knew she wasn't going to get better. She was suffering greatly when she made the brave decision to terminate further treatment. She passed away surrounded in the love of her family on July 11, 2014.

All who knew Denise were humbled by her quiet strength and amazing attitude. In her final days, she told her children about how proud she was of them and reassured them that they would have a wonderful life. Her biggest concern through all of this was her family and making sure they were taken care of. 

Through all of Denise's illness, David never left her side. They had been together since 9th grade and he was unbelievably devoted to her. Denise could not have chosen a better husband and father for her children. He made taking care of her his full-time job, and for that we are eternally grateful.

On behalf our beloved Denise, David, and their beautiful children, Nathaniel and Katrina, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughts, prayers and any donation you can make to help them through this most difficult time.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 13, 2015

Posted on January 13, 2015

A year ago when we started this process, we weren't sure how we'd ever get through the financial and emotional strain of a terminal illness. We weren't even sure if asking for help was the right thing to do, despite how dire the situation was. But you understood and never thought twice about opening your hearts to help Denise and David in their time of need. From donations and fundraising events to cards and never-ending meals. Your love poured in.

Our family is still grieving such an enormous loss, but our memories and love for her keep us strongly together. To quote Denise's favorite movie:

"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" -- Clarence, It's a Wonderful Life

Denise left her mark on all of us and on this world. But, thanks in no small part to all of you, we do know she left this life surrounded in love.

So as we close out our fundraiser and continue on without our beloved Denise, we again want to say, "thank you." Your support through this journey has been amazing.

Team Wonder Twin

Posted on October 1, 2014

Posted on October 1, 2014


Come cheer on the Lady Colts as they take on South Park. Wear your pink and show your support for the Holzer family (CV Alums).

When: Thursday, October 9th
Where: CV Stadium - 50 Thoms Run Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Time: JV at 6pm, Varsity at 7:30PM

There will be a bake sale, Chinese auction, 50/50 and more! All proceeds will be donated to the Holzer family. For more information, download the flyer in photos or contact Kari Milko at [email protected]

Posted on August 28, 2014

Posted on August 28, 2014

Team Wonder Twin will be participating in the 2014 Family Hospice & Palliative Care Memorial Walk/Run in memory of Denise. She will be included in a video tribute in the Memorial Tent. We will also be partnering with Beggy's Battalion to remember our friend, Mary Beth Beggy, who also passed away from cancer this year.

Saturday, September 6th
Walk starts at 10am (registration opens at 8:30am)
North Shore Riverfront Park

If you'd like to join us, please register here:

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