Cristen
 
Donation Information
Posted Feb 11, 2015

Please donate to the Cristen Cervellini-Calfo Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Created to fund a scholarship to boys who could not otherwise afford to play:

Make checks payable to:   TOTAA and write Cristen Cervellini-Calfo Memorial Scholarship Fund in the memo line.

Send Checks to:                      TOTAA c/o - Cristen Cervellini-Calfo Memorial Scholarship Fund, 2060-D Avenida de Los Arboles #744, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-1376

For more information please contact info@totitans.com

 
Cristen Cervellini-Calfo

Cristen Cervellini-Calfo died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Los Robles Hospital on Feb. 4, 2015, World Cancer Day.

A world-class cancer warrior, Cristen battled the disease for nine of her 42 years with faith and grit. She was born in Allentown, Pa., July 7, 1972, and raised in nearby Nazareth. Although the only child of Jan and Vincent Cervellini, she never was lonely. She had the gift for making friends and organizing them to help the less fortunate. "What can we do?" was her first question when someone was suffering.

A graduate of Nazareth High School and East Stroudsburg University, she moved to Ventura County in 1995.

On Christmas Eve 1996, she met Tony Calfo, who was attracted by her smile and magnetic, jewel-toned eyes. They married two years later.

They shared a sly sense of humor, and Cristen came to share Tony's dedication to Thousand Oaks Titans youth football, becoming a team mom.

They welcomed their first son, Tonino, in 2003. In 2005, while pregnant with their second child, Vincent, Cristen discovered a lump in her left breast. She postponed treatment until "Vinny" was born. He came into the world with birth defects that required surgeries. His successful fight to live inspired Cristen as she underwent rigorous treatment.

Cristen never let cancer define or isolate her; with honesty and humor she shared her experience to give hope to others. To explain chemotherapy to Tonino and other children, she wrote the book "When Mommy's Hair Falls Out, That Means the Medicine is Working."

Besides being the go-to class mom, she also directed the Vacation Bible School at St. Paschal Baylon for three years. She spearheaded a gala fundraiser for the Pregnancy Counseling Center. She also held down a full-time job as director of operations for Franzen Security Products. No wonder Ventura County Star readers voted her the Hardest Worker in Ventura County in 2010.

When Cristen's cancer returned in late 2010 and metastasized into her lungs, she fought even harder out of love for Tony and the boys. She was honored by the American Cancer Society in 2012.Although on oxygen, Cristen delivered the keynote at Catholic Charities' Angels of Charity fundraiser last year.

Through it all she believed faith is the best medicine. She would say, "you can't both pray and worry. That's not fair to God."

The family thanks Drs. Ghanem, Kodama and Nguyen as well as a legion of nurses for their devotion.
She is survived by her husband, sons, mother and mother-in-law, Frances Calfo, as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and her beloved - if sometimes naughty - dogs. She also leaves behind the "Honey Badgers," a sisterhood of fierce advocates who gave her unfailing support.
Cristen now rests with those who passed before her: her father and father-in-law, Angelo Calfo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at St. Paschal Baylon Church, 155 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in Cristen's name to the T.O. Titans for scholarships to support boys who could not otherwise afford to play, or to the Ventura County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.