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Area Residents Help the Family of a Man Who Died Too Young

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Those who knew him describe Tommy Worthington as a hero, a gentleman, a friend, a companion, and a devoted husband. Tommy passed away on July 23rd from a rare disease and now an event will be held to remember him and to help alleviate some of the astronomical costs his family is left with.

Tommy Worthington passed away with his immediate family surrounding him in his final hours. For the past two months, he was confined to a hospital bed succumbing to the after effects of Dermatomvositis. This rare auto immune disease compromised his lungs and muscles and his recent passing was a result of Interstitial Lung disease.

For two months, his wife Dana (formerly Dana Pepe)) and Laurie (his younger sister), kept around the clock vigils with Tommy trying to lift his spirits, challenging him to Scrabble and watching the Yankees. Tommy’s lungs were so deteriorated that he was on 24/7 oxygen and was unable to get around unassisted.

The costs of the medical bills and for his family to be by his side have resulted in unimaginable expenses. A fundraiser will be held on Sunday, August 12th from 2 – 6 p.m., at the Friendly Son’s of the Shillelagh, 15 Oak Street in Old Bridge.

The event will feature activities for the whole family. Food, drinks, prizes, music, and fun for the kids. 100% of the proceeds will be utilized to help offset the medical and associated costs Dana and Tommy have been faced with since treatment began in April.

Tommy is also survived by his sister Suzie and her devoted family in NJ, as well as his parents and sister Laurie and their family in Florida.

You are invited to celebrate and honor the life of a charismatic and endearing young man. Your prayers and donations are greatly appreciated even if you cannot attend the event. Checks or money orders can be sent to the St. Lucie Crime Prevention League at:

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 4700 Midway Rd., Fort Pierce, FL, 34981-4825. Please note Tommy Worthington on your check or money order.

Tommy and Dana had moved to Florida so that Tommy could fulfill his dream of being a law enforcement officer. He worked for both the Port St. Lucie Police and as a member of the elite special Investigation Unit of the Sheriff’s Department.

For more information, contact Danny Pepe at 732-681-8898.

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