Cindy Colangelo was a Miami native who found herself transplanted to the Lone Star State. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2001, when she was forty-three years old. After a cancerous lump was surgically removed, she was declared cancer free.
She’d been married to Joe for six years; sons Jesse and Tony were ages fifteen and four. Cindy spent many years in the corporate world and had started Destination Connection, providing relocation services as part of the William Rigg Real Estate Group where she served as director of leasing and later as vice president of business development for Coldwell Banker in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. She also volunteered for community service activities as a representative of the company and on her own.
Within a few years of her breast cancer diagnosis, Cindy left corporate America and entered the non-profit world where she hoped to play a larger role in giving back to the community and helping those in need. There she played many roles, from executive director to events coordinator, putting together the large fundraising events that are so essential to non-profit organizations. She created CLC Consulting, LLC. so that she could have a positive impact on a wider range of organizations in need.
In 2009 she was again diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. With her energy drained and realizing she was in a battle for her life, she became focused on treatments and a cure. She started her journal on CaringBridge.com (where it remains available, unedited) to keep her wide network of friends and family up to date. Writing provided an unanticipated solace to her during her journey, as was the incredible amount of feedback she received from those who were inspired by her stories. It was here that she shared her humorous stories and distilled her life's lessons as her journey came to an end. Candy-Coated Chunk of Granite is based on her stories from the journal as she fought the battle of her life.
Cindy was a proud alumna of the University of Florida. Students involved in projects related to breast cancer are eligible for an award through an endowment that has been created in her memory.