When Cassy Ansbro lost her dad, Gerry, she set up a Lasting Tribute to share his story and support to charity that so important to her. Cassy describes what the page means to her and how she’s used it to continue her dad’s legacy.
“The Lasting Tribute page has helped us more than I could describe. It’s a place for us to go and write a thought or light a candle – that’s one of our favourite features. It feels so special.
You can also donate through the page. I can’t buy Dad a birthday present, but I can donate towards research and continue Dad’s legacy. We also add all our fundraising events to the page, reminding all that read it how Dad’s memory still lives alongside us today.
I enjoy running so, when I signed up for the Manchester 10k, I added the event to Dad’s page so people could sponsor me. It’s a lot easier than other sites I’ve used before, and so much more personal.
When my husband Mike and I got married, we again added this to Dad’s page. Dad had been a big part of the wedding planning, and this was how his memory was cherished throughout the day. I don’t use social media, so the page is my way of sharing those anniversaries and events in a meaningful manner whilst directing people to donate and understand how it helps.
My dad was always positive. If he was told bad news, he would quickly turn to a positive. He never gave up and I believe it was his positivity that gave him the strength to live with lung cancer for as long as he did.
That’s why I will continue to support Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and raise awareness to all who will listen or read his page. Dad’s journey was that of a brave, strong, courageous man and it deserved to be shared. If it can help one person, it’s done what I wanted.”