An Enduring Tribute

The Ithaca College community is a close one. As students, as alumni, as faculty and staff, we all share a connection with one another through our association with this amazing institution. And as much of a lasting impression as Ithaca College has on our lives, each one of us leaves an equally indelible mark on our IC community.

The faces you see below are members of our college community who have died. Here, we take a moment to reflect on their lives. We remember their generosity, their contributions, their intellect and interests. Each story describes the life of a loved one lost, offering us a chance to reconnect with a unique spirit, or make an acquaintance for the very first time.

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Christine E. Gagliardi '06Christine E. Gagliardi '06
September 5, 1984 May 3, 2004

Christine E. Gagliardi was a member of the class of 2006, majoring in television-radio in the Park School. She died at the age of 19 after an eight-month battle with two rare forms of cancer found in one tumor on her spine. This combination of cancers is so rare, she was only the 14th case in the United States and the youngest person ever to contract these cancers. She quickly became well known for the courage with which she faced her terminal disease.

One of Christine's friends remembers her as "an amazing friend. She would always listen. . . She loved to laugh and she was always ready to share her joy." Christine wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey, asking to share with viewers what her illness had taught her. "Life may not be about living until you are 90,” she wrote. “Maybe life is just about coming to understand it and being at peace with what you have been given.”