Family of L.I. cancer victim raises $36,000 for research

Sunday, 20 August 2017, 04:07:46 PM. Brothers and friends of kidney cancer victim Vincent Viscuse raised nearly $40,000 for kidney cancer research.
Vincent Viscuse liked to do things big. So when his brothers and friends from a local Odd Fellows lodge on Long Island decided to raise money for kidney cancer research in his honor after he died of the disease, they went large too — and raised nearly $40,000. Vincent Viscuse (l., with his brother Keith) died of kidney cancer in August 2016, at the age of 38. (Courtesy of Keith Viscuse) There was a gala event with a band, a raffle that ran out of tickets and a fund-raising website that blew past its original goal in a matter of weeks. “If he took you to dinner you were eating steak, not McDonalds,” retired NYPD Detective Mark Valencia, 53, said of Viscuse. “He always went big.” “He was a strong, strong kid,” he added. “I’ve never seen anybody fight like he did.” In 2013, Viscuse was diagnosed with stage four renal cell carcinoma kidney cancer. The soccer-loving real estate agent from Bethpage, L.I., fought a three-and-a-half year battle with the disease. He died in August 2016 at the age of 38. The loss left a hole in the hearts of many, especially his three younger brothers. At a Mets game (from left to right): Greg McGovern, Rich Funcion, Vincent Viscuse, Keith Viscuse, Brian Valente (back, in blue), Sean Geary (back, hat backwards), Anthony Viscuse and Michael Viscuse (father). (Courtesy of Keith Viscuse) Keith Viscuse, 30, along with his siblings and Valencia, decided to honor the man they all knew as Vinny with a fund-raiser for the Kidney Cancer Association. “He was...Read more
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