Patty Kuzara (1969 – 2013)


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It is with a much sadness that I let you know that Patty passed away December 27, 2013.

The Chemo Diaries was started by Patty Kuzara, and it was her way to get through the fight, while hoping to help others fighting this HORRIBLE disease.

My family wishes to thank everyone who followed Patty’s journey and provided her support along the way. Click over to the AILAB website, and sign up to be a volunteer and/or make a donation.

Patty’s obituary published December 29, 2013 can be seen below.

Patty Kuzara Obit Picture

Patty Obit Picture

KUZARA – Patricia E. (nee Woods) December 27, 2013 of Cheektowaga at age 44, beloved wife of Jason Kuzara; devoted mother of Austin, Kayla and Kaitlyn; daughter of Daniel (Sandra) Woods and the late Joan DiPirro; sister of Kathy (Timothy) Hilton, Daniel Woods, Timothy Woods, Michael VanWie and Tammy Woods-Johnson; also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Monday from 4-8 PM at the Urban-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1024 French Rd. (between Borden and Union Rds.), Cheektowaga. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday 10 AM at Resurrection Life Fellowship, 2145 Old Union Rd. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at

Published in the Buffalo News from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2013


Patricia E. Kuzara, Law Firm Marketing Director

Nov. 16, 1969 – Dec. 27, 2013

Patricia E. Kuzara, marketing director for Cellino & Barnes law firm and founder of a foundation to help families with cancer, died Friday in Buffalo. She was 44.

The former Patricia Woods was a graduate of Silver Creek High School. She earned a business degree from Bryant & Stratton College and worked as a paralegal for Hiscock & Barclay before going to Cellino & Barnes.

She worked on the Cellino & Barnes campaign that exhorts clients to call with the line: “Don’t Wait, Call 8!”

Mrs. Kuzara, a nonsmoker, responded to her lung cancer diagnosis by creating a foundation to help people pay for the heavy financial costs of the disease, said her husband, Jason Kuzara.

His wife hoped to get the kind of attention for lung cancer that breast cancer gets. “Her dream of her foundation: She would be the Susan G. Komen of lung cancer,” Kuzara said.

She named it “As I Live and Breathe.” Before she died, she tried to use some of its funds to cover costs so a fellow hospice patient wouldn’t have to move.

“Patty said, ‘Get it. Go to the bank. Pull it out,’ ” her husband remembered. While the man moved anyway, Kuzara made a habit of helping people in need. “She was one for the books,” he said. When things were bad, “she still put everybody else in front of her.”

Once when they were leaving Roswell Park Cancer Institute with the news that there was nothing more the doctors could do, she gave a panhandler $20, saying it would bring a little bit of happiness. A hospice aide who fretted about not being able to afford the Ugg boots her daughters wanted, was surprised when Mrs. Kuzara had her husband buy them before Christmas.

“The look on the aide’s face, that’s all Patty wanted,” Jason Kuzara said.

The couple, who were married for 23 years, met at a band audition. Jason was trying out for drummer, and his future wife was the singer. “It just clicked,” he said.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by twin daughters Kayla and Kaitlyn; a son, Austin; her father, Daniel Woods; two sisters, Kathy Hilton and Tammy Johnson Woods; and three brothers, Daniel and Timothy Woods and Michael VanWie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Resurrection of Life Fellowship Church, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Published in the Buffalo News Dec. 30, 2013