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In Tribute of Richard DaGasta

Created by Robert DaGasta

Richard DaGasta

The photo of dad smiling while wearing a Hawaiian Lei was taken on June 22, 2019 at the Surprise 50th Anniversary Celebration I threw for him and my mom. By September, dad was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and his 9 month battle began...

I took the photo of this amazing sunset (along with some video) across the street from mom and dad's place in Ballston Spa at the Saratoga Airport on Sunday, May 31. I showed dad the video the next day, June 1, as he lay in his hospital bed. He stared at the screen and took in its beauty. This would be the last sunset dad would ever see in his lifetime...

The final photo of myself, dad, mom and their little chiweenie, Baxter, I took myself on June 2 by quickly setting up my iPhone on a little tripod. This was the day the hospital finally allowed us to bring Baxter in for a surprise visit as my dad's condition was worsening (this was all during the COVID pandemic mind you - not even service dogs were being allowed in since hospitals were on lockdown - so we are extremely grateful for this). Dad, even in his weakened condition, expressed his excitement and surprise and found the strength to hug and pet Baxter. Its amazing I even got this shot with Baxter looking at the camera and dad giving a smile and a weakened wave. He didn't have enough energy to do it again.

This would be the final family group shot we'd ever take as my dad lost his battle to Multiple Myeloma just 2 days later on June 4...

Help us honor my dad while making a difference in myeloma research.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), along with its research and medical industry partners, has fueled more studies, initiated more trials, developed more treatments, introduced more medicines, and have had a far greater impact than any other organization on myeloma. While the MMRF has made enormous progress, they still have much to do and cannot continue to do great research without your support.

Please consider joining me to fight multiple myeloma. Together we can make a difference.

About the MMRF:
A pioneer in precision medicine, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) seeks to find a cure for all multiple myeloma patients by relentlessly pursuing innovations that accelerate the development of precision treatments for cancer. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF has created the business model around cancer—from data to analytics to the clinic. The MMRF identifies barriers and then finds the solutions to overcome them, bringing in the best partners and aligning incentives in the industry to drive better outcomes for patients. Since its inception, the organization has collected thousands of samples and tissues, opened nearly 100 trials, helped bring 11 FDA-approved therapies to market, and built CoMMpass, the single largest genomic dataset for any cancer. Today, the MMRF is building on its legacy in genomics and is expanding into immune-oncology, as the combination of these two fields will be critical to making precision medicine possible for all patients. The MMRF has raised nearly $500 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit

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Guest Book



1. Robert DaGasta
For Dad - for all the courage, optimism and strength he showed during the past 9 months of his battle....for all the love, heart and wisdom he always gave to his family. We love you always. Love Robert & Jen
2. Richard DaGasta
For Mr DaGasta. May this help in the fight to beat cancer one day..
3. Joan And Peter Mandzuk
In loving memory of Richard Da Gasta, our cousin and great man, who will always remain in our hearts❤️
4. Karen McLoughlin
With sincerest sympathies
5. Daniel And Kathy Milazzo
In memory of Richard DaGasta.
6. Rosemary Dipre
7. Donald Mika
8. Helen, John & John Jr. Malesieux
With love for our dear friend Richie. Love Helen, John & John Jr.
9. Christine & Valerie Vasilas
We will always remember and never forget Rich and the times we spent together. With our sincerest and deepest sympathy, but with honor to help keep his memory alive. Christine, Valerie & Hope
10. Janet And Tim
In memory of Cousin Richie, who we loved a lot
11. Jody & Walter Czwartackt
Dear Linda, We were very sorry to learn of Richard’s passing and offer our sympathy and sincere condolences. Sincerely, Jody & Walter
13. Angela Weech
Your family is in our thoughts
14. USH Sales
Our love and deepest sympathies to the DaGasta family.
15. Gwen Skelton
In loving memory of my cousin, Richard.
16. Brooke Smith
I am blessed to have known Rich and hold his friendship close to my heart. My prayers remain with Linda, Robert and little Baxter — Rich loved you all so very much.
17. Gary Nadeau
Rest in Peace Mr. DaGasta.
18. Lissy Lamoreaux & Chris Burkhalter
19. Matthew Paras
Sending love and support to the DaGasta family.
20. Lyn Patterson
My heartfelt condolences to Rob and his mother Linda. I lovingly make this donation in honor of Rob's father Rich as well as my great aunt Jerre who passed away years ago from multiple myeloma.
21. Andrea Frechette & Nate Adams
With deepest condolences to the DeGasta Family. Sending you love during this difficult time. -Andrea, Nate & Darby
22. Gina Powell
23. Marie Milazzo
Will never forget our fabulous family weekend last July for Rich and Linda’s 50th anniversary. The last time we were all together for a happy celebration with loving memories.
24. Ronald & Mary Ann Palmieri
25. Caruso/Powell/Porter/Barthelme Family
Sending all of our love and support from IL, AZ and NJ. Kirby, Lucie, Cyndi, Gina, Jeff, Kate and Sam (Jen's immediate family)
26. Katie Barthelme
All our love to the DaGasta Gamily during this difficult time
27. Sierra Smith-mika
28. Kevin Bussell
We are so sorry for your loss. Much love to you and your mom. Kevin, Jenn, Ashley, Dani and Alex
29. Jeanette, Sami & Ashley
Keeping everyone in our thoughts, prayers and hearts x

For a Tribute page created prior to January 2017, 
please contact Amy Crawford 652-0221. 
Thank you for your support.


For donations please mail to: 
P.O. Box 414238 
Boston, MA 02241-4238

MMRF Offices: 
383 Main Ave., 5th Floor 
Norwalk, CT 06851

The MMRF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 
Tax ID:06-1504413 
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