Thursday, February 7, 2019

Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo Book Give Away in Memory of Joe Tolpa


Thank you to all who entered the give away and thank you especially for your prayers for the Tolpa family. If you are on a cancer journey, you have my heart and I will pray for you. The winners of two free copies of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo are

Nan Ripley
Cheryl Engle

Yea!!! I'm so happy for you two and pray God will bless your lives through the words He gave me while writing A Hopeful Response to A Hard Reality




Our friend and a fellow cancer warrior ran his victory lap to Heaven last November. Joe Tolpa praised the Lord through all his chemo, so in memory of Joe, I am giving away two copies of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality. 

Enter the give-away by sharing this blog or a photo of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo on your social media sites and by saying a prayer for Pat, Alyssa, and Joshua. Please, you must let me know you shared, so I can enter your name in the drawing. Two winners will be chosen on Wednesday, February 13, 2018. Bonus! Every time you share Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo on your social media, your name will be entered to win. Please let me know on facebook messenger or my email, SplashesofSerenity@yahoo.com.

Joe lived the victorious Christian life when he was healthy and while he was sick. What joy to talk to him and be blessed with his outlook on life and cancer and death.

Joe blessed me with an interview for my book Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo: A Hopeful Response to a Hard Reality. Cancer gave him a new perspective for living life. He praised God for the time he had left and that God gave him more months to live and love than doctors predicted. Thankful that God alerted him of his death, he made precious moments with his dear wife Pat and precious children Alyssa and Josh. Joe said,

"Without cancer, I would have been too busy working
 and not made some great memories with my family." 

Dear Pat, Alyssa, and Josh, how he loved you. I know those memories will hold your husband and father near to your heart.

 So, in memory of Joe, I am giving away two free copies of Praise the Lord and Pass the Chemo.  


JOSEPH A. TOLPA JR. Age 54 of Horseheads , NY formerly of New Hartford , NY passed away on Monday November 19 , 2018 peacefully at home with his family at his side after a long hard fought battle with cancer. Joe was born in Utica , NY on July 23 , 1964 the son of Joseph A. and Betty Jane Oleksik Tolpa. He was pre-deceased by his mother Betty. Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife Patricia L. Hopkins Tolpa ; his children Alyssa L. Tolpa and Joshua A. Tolpa ; his father : Joseph A. Tolpa Sr. ; brothers and sisters : William & Ann Tolpa , Kathy & Rick Purcell , Karen & Steve Vedete , and Suzanne & Joe Hughes ; father-in-law and mother-in-law : Allan & Arlene Hopkins ; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law : Thomas & Rebecca Hopkins , and David Hopkins ; several aunts , uncles , nieces , nephews , cousins and a host of caring friends . Joe spent most of his life in healthcare as a nursing home administrator and a registered nurse. Most recently working at Absolut Care at Three Rivers . Joe also had an entreprenueral spirit , owning TruBlu Services for many years. Joe always felt it was important to give back to the community. He spent many years volunteering for different organizations . The list includes Rutland Lions Club , Pregnancy Resource Centers in Rutland , VT and Elmira , NY , Cub Scouts Pack 41 and Boy Scouts Troop 3041 of Horseheads, NY , as well as being a Deacon at Maranatha Bible Chapel . He was a proud recipient of the Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his community service. Joe lived life to the fullest , spending time with family and friends. He loved the outdoors , hiking, camping , boating , skiing , and motorcycle riding .

Splashes of Serenity on  your day! 

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