Style-maker Thom Filicia raises money for cancer research

"She was golfing with my father and some friends from Skaneateles when she began to feel ill. She thought it was a gallbladder attack. After undergoing tests, the doctors found spots on her liver. Her breast cancer had gone undiagnosed and had matasticized to a major organ," he said.

By donating proceeds from the sale of his book to support breast cancer research and awareness, he has made her a part of the celebration of the publication of his work.

"Losing my mom was an incredible dismantling of my family," he said. "She was such an entertainer. There was always an event at my house. She told jokes, used accents and voices, loved to cook. It's like so many things. They change."

Filicia feels that this is the unfortunate reality of cancer. He has had many friends and family members who have dealt with cancer. "It touches so many lives. We are all better off with more research and knowledge about cancer," he said.

Last weekend he was at the Everson Museum signing his book and talking desisgn. This week he will be at Anyela Vineyards, a winery in Skaneateles. Unfortunately this has sold out already, but if you are not able to go, don't worry I will be attending and report all about it.

Filicia is generating funds with the sale of his book to be donated to the Susan B. Komen breast cancer foundation. "Our relationship with this foundation has been on-going," Felicia said.

Inside the book

I read his book and I laughed out loud! Perhaps you wouldn't expect to find a book about style entertaining and funny but this book may surprise you. Filicia explained, "I wanted it to be entertaining while it attempts to teach people how to tap in to their personal style. I include photos of my apartment so people can see who I am and how I live."

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