Hello Everyone,

The 5th Annual Jacques Dupont Cholangiocarcinoma Memorial Benefit was an amazing success.  Once again, the evening totally exceeded my expectations. The room was full of love, generosity, and support for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in memory of my Jacques. There were 240 guests in attendance – another sold out event.  We had  so many generous donations, including over 160 Silent Auction items for attendees to bid on, 8 fabulous Live Auction items, a Gift Card Christmas Tree Raffle, great food, dancing, goody bags of full of chocolate, and a heartfelt speech, prepared and given by me. This year we had the services of both a professional photographer and a very experienced auctioneer for our Live Auction Many of the attendees complimented on how beautiful and elegant the venue was and how organized everything was.  I am humbled and overwhelmed each year by the outpouring of generosity and support I receive. I always wonder how I can top it. This year my goal was $23,000 and we topped it. I am sure that this Annual Benefit will grow, as I have earned the respect and credibility of the businesses and people in my local area and now even in three surrounding states.
The total amount raised, including In Kind donations for services donated, was an incredible $28,246.37. It takes a lot of planning, many meetings and the dedication and commitment of my amazing committee, but it is all worth it, as we are raising much needed money for research and raising awareness. It truly was a wonderful event enjoyed by all who attended and, of course, I am already starting to plan for the 6th Annual Jacques Dupont Memorial Benefit. We already have the date, Friday, November 17, 2017 and the Venue, Entertainment, and Professional Photographer are already booked. Many businesses have already committed to donating again next.. As always, all proceeds will go to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, as I totally believe that we are making a difference and I am committed to this cause and also to the foundation.
On the poster that greeted people thanking our top sponsors - I had a quote on the bottom and it is so true, "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William Jones.

Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara


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A very productive committee meeting tonight. I am completely OVERWHELMED with the incredible generosity, kindness, and support for the 5th Annual Jacques Dupont Cholangiocarcinoma Benefit. We have some totally amazing Live Auction items and 140+ items for the Silent Auction (and items keep coming in). There will also be a wine raffle and new this year - a Gift Card Tree Raffle and of course dancing and lots of fun. Tonight my heart is so full.... There are no words to express what I am feeling.
If anyone is interested in tickets - please let me  know - we are going to sell out.  Together we are making a difference and Kicking Cancer's ASS.
Thank you to all who donated, purchased a ticket, and my hard working committee. I could not do this without each and everyone of you..


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The 5th Annual Cholangiocarcinoma Memorial Benefit in memory of Jacques Dupont and others, will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 at The Atkinson Resort and Country Club in the Legacy Ballroom from 6:30 – 11:00 pm. Our theme is “SHOPPING FOR A CURE”. This year we are very fortunate to have Agios in Cambridge, Massachusetts as our lead sponsor. To honor Jacques and others, we continue to host this Benefit to raise awareness, fund research and clinical trials, and advance therapies for prolonging life for this horrific, rare cancer. All proceeds will go to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

The evening will feature a Vegetable display – Cheese/Cracker/Fruit displays – Pasta Stations, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Toast, Caesar Salad. There will be a special gift bag of sweets for each guest to take home, courtesy of Lindt Chocolates. Tickets are only $25 per person. This year we are able to reserve tables of 12 (you must purchase 12 tickets) there will also be plenty of seating for everyone.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! There will be a Live Auction with Art McLean as our auctioneer, as well as our Silent Auction – Music by Get Down Tonight's Billy Rears – Dance Floor – Cash Bar and much more. This is a perfect time to start a little holiday shopping for a Great Cause……All in the name of love, for the love of my life, my Jacques.

Items for last years Benefit included: local chefs preparing meals in the winning bidders home, dinner once a month for a year at local restaurants, South African Safari package, gift certificates to local restaurants, stores, florists, spas, tickets to shows & sporting venues, local attractions, toys, tools, vacation packages, handcrafted items, sporting goods, electronics, theme baskets and much more.If you would like to attend or off you would like to donate an item for the Silent or Live Auctions, please contact Barbara via email at  barbara.dupont@cholangiocarcinoma.org, .This is going to be a sold out event.

Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara
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The 4th Annual Silent Auction Benefit in Loving Memory of Jacques Dupont and Becki Mignogna, was a HUGE success. The benefit was held Saturday, November 23rd at The Atkinson Resort & Country Club in Atkinson, NH. The event featured DJ Billy Rears of Get Down Tonight Entertainment who got the guests dancing, the food was delicious and included; appetizers, pasta stations, salad, garlic bread, and there was also a cash bar. There were over 130 items for guests to bid on at the Silent Auction tables – this year I added a  Live Auction which had 7 Amazing items (including a Safari for 2 to South Africa).  There was also a wine raffle where attendees purchased wine corks for a chance to win one of 15 bottles of wine. Attendees were able to bid on and win some amazing auction items... many bargains were had this year. It was a great way to kick off the Holidays and do s little "Shopping For a Cure"  This years event surpassed my expectations, and for those who know me - my expectations are always very high - $18,100. was raised for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

It was another emotional event,  indeed. The room was full of respect, compassion, love, and an understanding of why this foundation is so very important to me and many others. I've said it before and I continue to say, "I will never stop fighting the fight". There were 210 guests in attendance this year and I had to turn down 25 more, as the food had already been ordered and the floor plan was finalized. I have already met with my venue coordinator and we will be able to have up to 275 guests next year. My pictures are not great, I've sent them to Donna to post them – but a local photographer  has already approached me and he is all signed up for next year. Next years benefit is already booked and many people and businesses in my community  have emailed or called me as they want to be involved next year. The 5th Annual Jacques Dupont Benefit will be held in November at the same venue and the DJ has already committed to donate his services again. 

November 10, 2016 will mark 9 years that cholangiocarcinoma took the love of my life – but I promised him that I would make raising awareness to one day find a cure my mission – and I will never give up. My committee of 3 of my dearest friends and their spouses are meeting on December 27th to debrief and start the planning for 2016. I am very fortunate to have such amazing friends and also my community behind me. They believe in me and the Chokangiocarcinoma Foundation and are willing to join and support my mission.

Merry Christmas and Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara Dupont

Thank you, Lainy,
Yes, there will be pictures this year - I promise. I wish all of you from the Discussion Board could be there - I know you will be in spirit.  Yes, there is a very handsome man smiling down on me - that I know for sure - it is the Love of my Life - my Jacques.
Hugs and Love from New Hampshire,
Barbara

Here is an update on the 4th Annual Cholangiocarcinoma Memorial Benefit, which will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at The Atkinson Resort and Country Club, Atkinson, NH in the Legacy Ballroom from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. This years theme is “SHOPPING FOR A CURE”.
This event is shaping up to be spectacular - it is exceeding my expectations for sure (and for those of you who know me - my expectations are always high). I am overwhelmed at the generosity and support of my community, family, and friends. One of my favorite quotes, is so very true: "Alone we do so little; together we can do so much" by Hellen Keller.
I've posted this before - but it bears repeating - As Jacques wife, I will never stop using my voice and energy to raise awareness for this rare cancer, all in loving memory of the love of my life. Everyone’s life has been affected by cancer in one way or another, I hope one day to look up the word ’cancer’ in the dictionary and for the definition to read; “Cancer-ONCE a deadly disease.”
Here is the update:
We are honored to have Matt Frahm, Nascar Nationwide Series Driver, who will greet guests in the parking lot with one of his race cars and be signing autographs – from 7 – 8.

Here are the Live Auction items (this is new for us this year)
South Africa Zulu Nyala 6 days/nights Safari
NH Motor Speedway - 4 Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Series
Race of your Choice in 2016
LaCarreta, Derry Dinner for 2 Once a Month for a Year
LaCarreta, Derry Grilled Fajita Bar for 30 - Pick-up only
Disney World – 4 One day Park Hopper Passes
Weekend Driving Experience
Cigar Tasting for 8 @ Twins Smoke Shop

Silent Auction: Over 30 gift cards to Restaurants, Salons, Nail Spas etc. We also have over 70 other items.

The evening will an fun night out with dinner, dancing, a wine raffle and more, all for an incredible cause. You can email me at barbara.dupont@cholangiocarcinoma.org if you have questions or would like more information about this amazing Benefit.
Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

To honor my amazing husband, Jacques and Rob's mother, Becki and also to raise awareness for this horrific, rare cancer,  we invite you to come to the 4th Annual Cholangiocarcinoma Memorial Benefit, which will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at The Atkinson Resort and Country Club, Atkinson, NH in the Legacy Ballroom from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. This years theme is “SHOPPING FOR A CURE”.

Jacques was a loving husband, father, and friend, as well as a respected builder in southern New Hampshire for more than 30 years. He was and will always be remembered as a vibrant, energetic, and respected member of the community. Jacques lost his courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma on November 10, 2007 at the young age of 56.
Becki loved being a “stay at home mom” to her two sons, a homemaker, loving wife and friend. She also volunteered with various bingo charities in Manchester and loved to travel. Becki lost her brave battle with cholangiocarcinoma on January 17, 2013, also at the young age of 56.

As Jacques wife, I will never stop using my voice and energy to raise awareness for this rare cancer, all in loving memory of the love of my life. Everyone’s life has been affected by cancer in one way or another, I hope one day to look up the word ’cancer’ in the dictionary and for the definition to read; “Cancer-ONCE a deadly disease.”

To honor both Jacques and Becki, and to raise awareness and fund research and clinical trials for this horrific, rare cancer we continue to host this Benefit. Barbara has been involved with The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation since 2007 and Rob became active in 2012. All proceeds will go to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

This years Benefit is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. We have a beautiful venue (we have outgrown our previous smaller venue) - we will have the entire Legacy Ballroom – which is beautiful and huge – the benefit will feature a Vegetable display – Cheese/Cracker/Fruit displays – Pasta Stations (served with Alfredo and Marinara Sauces), Parmesan Cheese and Garlic Toast, and Caesar Salad. There will be a gift bag of sweets for each guest to take home, courtesy of Lindt Chocolates. Tickets are only $25 per person. We will be having a Live Auction as well as our Silent Auction – a Wine Raffle donated by my sister Maureen – Music by Get Down Tonight's Billy Rears – A Dance Floor and much more.
We currently have over 70 items for the Silent Auction (and more are coming in each day) and 8 amazing items for the Live Auction. Here is a sampling of some of the items you can bid on: 6 days/nights South African Photographic Safari – All Inclusive vacations – Dinner once a month for a year at a local restaurant – 4 tickets to a 2016 Nascar Race of your choice at NH Motor Speedway – two mens Invicta watches – Coach Bag – Weekend's away – Luggage – Hot Air Ballon Ride – numerous hair care product baskets – Baskets of Cheer – Ski Tickets – Gas Cards – a wide variety of restaurant gift cards – handmade quilts and blankets – lottery tickets – Bose product and much, much more. There are also some surprises in store.  This years theme is “Shopping for a Cure” this is the perfect time to start a little holiday shopping for a Great Cause……All in the name of love, for the love of my life, my Jacques and Rob's amazing mother, Becki.

Thank you in advance for your consideration! You can email Barbara at barbara.dupont@cholangiocarcinoma.org if you have questions or would like more information about this amazing Benefit.

Marion,
This is fantastic news - it just made my day. ASCO, here we come.
Hugs,
Barbara

What an incredible conference.  As, Melinda stated, it was incredible to witness how many brilliant minds were in one room, working to find a CURE and to improve the care that cholangiocarcinoma patients receive to improve their quality of life.  Melinda, you're story was so moving and made such a huge statement, one that the professionals need to hear. Hugs.

I could not help but think back to when I attended my first conference with Marion and Stacy, back in 2008 in Orlando.  I remember so many things about that conference. The past few days seeing the collaboration, sharing and understanding of the need for research and clinical trials for this disease, was totally energizing and rewarding. It is truly incredible how far this foundation has come, and it is due to the relentless work of Stacie, Marion, Donna, and the rest of the Board of Directors, as well as the volunteers and everyone else behind the scenes.  I am honored and humbled to be a part of this foundation, it has become my passion and my mission. I am proud to do my small part to help raise awareness for those who are battling cholangiocarcinoma and also for their families.

The last night of the conference was very emotional as all of us volunteers sat around the table with Donna (Volunteers of the Round Table) and shared our stories of how we became involved. So many passionate people, everyone just wanting to make a difference in some way. It was wonderful to meet so many dedicated people.

Hugs to all from snowy New Hampshire,
Barbara

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Dear Jason,

There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss of your wife, Andrea. I will continue to do whatever I can to fight the fight to one day find a cure. I do this for my Jacques, Andrea, Mark, Percy, Bruce, Teddy, Peter, Becki, and all who have lost their battle with cholangiocarcinoma.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

Hello Everyone,
The 3rd Annual Silent Auction Benefit Loving Memory of Jacques Dupont and Becki Mignogna,  was another successful event. Jacques lost his battle with cholangiocarcinoma on November 10, 2007 and Becki lost her battle on January 17th, both at the very young age of 56.  The benefit was held on October 4th at Sizzle Bistro in Manchester, NH. Even though the weather here in New England did not cooperate, everyone had a wonderful time. The event featured music for everyone, many wonderful hot and cold appetizers, and a cash bar. There were 78 items for guests to bid on at the Silent Auction tables – a 50/50 raffle – and people purchased wine corks for a chance to win one of ten bottles of wine. Attendees were able to bid on and win some amazing auction items... many bargain were had this year. This is good because people will spread the word and next year more people will attend. We raised $7.048.for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. 
It was another emotional night for Rob, myself and my children. As I walked by many groups of people , stories of my Jacques and Becki could be overheard. It is amazing how many lives they touched. Once again when I spoke, the room went silent and as I looked around I could see tears in peoples eyes – not tears of sadness – tears of pride and joy as my family and friends all know that this is my passion and I will never stop fighting the fight. I explained what was new with the foundation since last years Benefit: The foundations book “100 Questions and Answers About Biliary Cancer; the Biliary Emergency Information Card (I expressed how helpful this is to patients and caregivers – knowing how difficult it was when Jacques was rushed to an ER and they did not know what to do); The International Cholangiocarcinoma Patient Registry; the Inaugural Stakeholder's meeting.  Rob spoke about his involvement and what he has learned in his year with the foundation. The room was full of respect, compassion, love, and an understanding of why this foundation is so very important to me and many others. 
Unfortunately, I was so busy throughout the entire evening that I forgot to have someone take pictures – but I already have a photographer lined up for my 4th Annual Benefit. We have also outgrown the venue we were at for the last two years. I am meeting with three other venues in the next three weeks and I hope to have the date set for November 2015 for the 4th Annual  Silent Auction Benefit Loving Memory of Jacques Dupont and Becki Mignogna. I also already have some new ways of gathering more silent auction items – ways to boost attendance – I have a small group of musicians who are willing to play some soft music the first hour – the possibility (a very good possibility) of an up and coming band to play as well a major Disc Jockey Company. November marks 7 years that this cancer took the love of my life – but I promised him that I would make raising awareness to one day find a cure my mission – and I will never give up.
Barbara Dupont
Derry, New Hampshire

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Samuel,
I am so sad to hear about your father losing his battle with this disease.  I had the honor and the privilege of attending many conferences and conventions with him for many years. We had many wonderful conversations - one in particular was in April of 2013 in Washington, DC. Percy and I had time to enjoy a lengthy breakfast together before my flight back to Boston. We laughed and shared so many of our hopes and also shared our fears. It on this day that your father told me about a healthy Asian soup and since then I go and purchase the roots from the Asian market and make this soup. Each time I do, I think of him. We talked about him coming to Boston for Maine Lobster - I'm sorry he never had the opportunity to come.  He was relentless in his mission and always sharing his insight and knowledge with everyone on the discussion board.
I will never forget your amazing father. Percy, my friend, I hope you have met my amazing husband Jacques in heaven. Rest in Peace, dear friend - you will be missed by so many of us in this foundation. Samuel,  my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

Hello All,
Wanted to update you on the 3rd Annual Memorial Silent Auction Benefit in loving memory of my Jacques and Rob Mignogna's mother, Becki, which is only 14 days from today. It will be on Saturday, October 4th from 7 - 10:30 PM at Sizzle Bistro in Manchester, NH.  There will be a silent auction with lots of items such as: Summer 2015 Weekend at The Village Camps on East Grand Lake in Maine where you can relax, fish, hike, enjoy the sunset from their private beach, Lobster Pot of Maine products & 4 Lobsters, numerous Restaurant Gift Card, Phillips Airfloss Flosser, Chunky's Dinner Theater Gift Bucket, Romantic Rendevouz Package including dinner for two, champagne and flutes, overnight luxurious suite and breakfast, Dunkin Donuts Basket, Apples to Apples Basket, Coach Weekender Bag, 2 Windshield Repairs, Bose product, salon gift cards and much, much more.  Hoping for another fantastic event.
Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

Hello Everyone,

It is time for my 3rd Annual Memorial Silent Auction Benefit, which will be held on October 4th at Sizzle Bistro, in Manchester, NH, which is owned by my younger sister Maureen. I am confident that this years benefit will be even bigger and better than last year. Once again the benefit will be in loving memory of my Jacques, who lost his battle with cholangiocarcinoma on November 10, 2007 as well as another CCF patient advocate, Rob Mignogna's mother, Becki Mignogna, who lost her battle with cholangiocarcinoma on January 17, 2013 (ironically January 17th is my Jacques birthday).
It has been a very busy summer for me, as I have been getting my house ready to sell (time for me to downsize) – which it is now ready and will go on the market next Tuesday – it is a very emotional and bittesweet endeavor.  I have also been active as one of the curators for the International Cholangiocarcinoma Patient Registry, which went live in June.   
Putting this benefit together is a lot of work and entails organization, time and dedication - but knowing that we are raising money for such an amazing foundation - makes it all worth while.   Even though cholangiocarcinoma took the love of my life, my best friend, my Jacques - it has made me one very strong, independent, and determined woman - who will never stop fighting the fight to find a C.U.R.E for cholangiocarcinoma. As many of you know, I try to do whatever I can to raise awareness and advocate for our foundation - attending conferences and conventions whenever I can. One  way I know I am able to help is by hosting this fundraiser to raise money to help with the much needed research and clinical trials.  I am truly blessed to have such a supportive family and a huge support system of friends - who are always there for me and are always willing to help. If you would like more information about this benefit – or if you live near by and would like to attend or contribute, please email me at: barbara6193@comcast.net.
As always I send hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

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Dear Percy,

I want you to know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

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Dear Percy,
My heart is very heavy as I read your post. Sometimes life gets so busy, I forget to thank the people who have come into my life and enriched it in so many ways. Sometimes, I forget to tell them how much I really do appreciate them for being an important part of my life. Today Percy, you are in the center of my thoughts and my prayers. You are an amazing man and I am honored to call you my friend.
With much Love and Respect from New Hampshire,
Barbara

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Gavin, You are amazing. Being here at ASCO and trying to get to all the sessions, poster presentations, and lectures, we miss some of the abstracts. Thank you for all you do.

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Gavin,
Not sure about roller skates for me - as Marion said I am very organized - and that is what gets me to all the places I have to be.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago - even though we all will be very busy - it is always wonderful to see the faces of our Cholangiocarcinoma family at ASCO.
Hugs from NH,
Barbara

Percy,
Very well stated. I am looking forward to seeing you. As for your accent - I LOVE it.
See you soon - Hugs from NH,
Barbara

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Thanks Gavin - I set up all my meeting on iPlanner today.
Enjoy the day,
Barbara

Hello Marion,
I would love to join you all - my schedule as of today has me at a meeting until 6:00 on Saturday - so it looks like I will be able to.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Hugs from NH,
Barbara

Dear Percy,

It is with deep sadness and a very heavy heart that I respond to your post. I am sitting here thinking about the many conversations we had at numerous ASCO and DDW conventions - one that really stands out in my mind is the long breakfast conversation at DDW a year and a half ago. I still make the soup you told me about - they are getting to know me very well at the Asian market.
I hope that you are able to get some relief for the pain and are then able to get some rest. You have been an inspiration to me and many others. Your dedication and support to so many is truly amazing. I will keep you in my prayers, my friend.
Sending healing thoughts and hugs from New Hampshire,
Barbara

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Great news Lainy. Sending hugs and healing thoughts to you.
Hugs from NH,
Barbara

The 2nd Annual Memorial Benefit was a great success.  The event was held at Sizzle Bistro In Manchester, NH.  We had over 65 items, which were all donated for the Silent Auction, there was a 50/50 raffle – and my sister (who owns the restaurant donated 10 bottles of wine, which we sold wine corks for $5/each and at the end of the night 10 lucky winners got to pick a bottle of wine.
It was an emotional night of sharing stories – great food – music – and a night to raise awareness and money.  $8,200. total was raised for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation - WOW!!!!! As I reflect on the generosity and kindness everyone has shown for Jacques and Becki – it was a very emotional night. Rob (who helped with this years benefit in honor of his mother, Becki Mignogna, who lost her battle with CC on January 17th, 2013 - which ironically is my Jacques' birthday - was not able to attend the Benefit as his first child – a son, Ryan was born at 4:30 PM, the day of the benefit.
Another member of the CC family Suzanne Murch aka Oceangirl, and her family came up from Bolton, MA. She is a sweetheart -  I just wish I had more to talk with them that night - but I was busy with all of the logistics - I did not have much time to socialize.
As I said the night of the benefit - it is because of my amazing family and friends, that I make it through this so called life - for this I am truly blessed.  I have already started making to-do lists and plans for next year's 3rd Annual Benefit. CANCER - I am out to get you - Watch out!!!!!

Hello Oceangirl,
I am so sorry for your loss. I totally understand the pain you are going through. I would love for you to be at the 2nd Annual Benefit. It is going to be an amazing night to raise awareness of Cholangiocarcinoma and to honor those we love. I would love to include your brother in this benefit. You can email me at: barbara6193@comcast.net.
Hugs to you,
Barbara