Carolina Zaldivar Haggarty, 41, of Henry B. Riordan Way, North Attleboro, died on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a six month illness. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Kristofer Haggarty to whom she was married on June 9, 2001.
Born in Flint, Michigan on November 23, 1973, she was a daughter of Maria Estela (Agular) Zaldivar of Mexico City, Mexico and the late Marco Antonio Zaldivar. Raised and educated in Mexico, Ms. Zaldivar earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from la Universidad Nuevo Mundo.
She resided in North Attleboro for the past eleven years having previously resided in the City of Boston for four years.
Ms. Zaldivar was employed as a graphic designer at 47 Brand in Brockton for the past twelve years.
She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in North Attleboro.
Her favorite times were those spent creating lifelong memories with her young family to cherish forever. She will be missed by all for her kindness, loving nature and innate ability to make everyone feel special. She lived life the way she wanted to live it and kept all of her friends close to her heart. She was an extraordinary woman, mother, wife and friend.
Carolina's favorite pastimes included painting , travelling and playing tennis. She was an avid New England Patriots fan and loved tailgating with her many friends.
She earned her black belt in Krav Maga and kickboxing from America’s Best Defense in North Attleboro and was a member of the Abbott Run Valley Club in Cumberland where she won the mixed doubles tennis championship twice and also a member at the Fore Court Racquet Club in Cumberland, Rhode Island. She enjoyed competing in USTA matches.
In addition to her husband of 13 years and her mother, she leaves two sons: Daniel Haggarty and Samuel Haggarty both of North Attleboro; two sisters: Jacqueline Zaldivar and Michelle Zaldivar both of Mexico City, Mexico; a nephew: Jack L. Haggarty; a niece: Karolina Roldan; extended family members; several members of her husband’s family and many friends.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT GALA 2016
Our Premiere Gala event is being held on November 19, 2016 at Kirkbrae Country Club at 630 pm. Tickets are $100 per person and are on sale now. Come celebrate Carolina and join us for a night of food, drink, auctions and raffles. We are expecting a large turnout so please buy your tickets early. If you or someone you know would like to donate an item, please contact Kristofer Haggarty at 617-930-3316 or by email at email@example.com.
Here are the photos from the 2016 Game, Set, Laugh Tennis Tournament held at Fore Court Racquet Club in Cumberland, RI. Many more photos will be added to remember our friend Carolina and help us share those memories with others. If you would like a photo uploaded, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will upload it for you. Thanks
MGH Cancer Center
We have decided to raise money for Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Translational Research Program in memory of Carolina. As you may know, Carolina received treatment which extended her life at MGH. Through the dedication and commitment to using cutting edge drugs, we were given more time with her. We began in a clinical trial with Dr. Eunice Kwak. Within a month of treatment, we realized Carolina's cancer was advancing rapidly beyond its initial diagnosis. She was rapidly declining and clinical decisions were made which saved her life. These drugs attacked and reduced her cancer. Dr. Kwak and the entire MGH team truly gave us the gift of life, albeit for a short amount of time. They were compassionate, caring and encouraging. The research at MGH Cancer Center directly benefited Carolina and has helped many other families get more time together. Ultimately, these drugs will cure someone and change the way gastric cancer and other cancers are dealt with. Dr. Kwak and her team of researchers need our help. In memory of Carolina, wife, mother, sister and friend, please help us help others.
GASTROINTESTINAL TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM AT THE MASS GENERAL CANCER CENTER
The Translational Research Program in the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers seeks to efficiently integrate cutting-edge laboratory and clinical research efforts to expedite transformative advances in our ability to deliver personalized cancer medicine approaches to our patients. Led by Ryan Corcoran, MD, PhD and Theodore Hong, MD, the program focuses on developing new and effective therapies for gastrointestinal cancers.
Over the past decade, targeted therapies – drugs targeting specific gene mutations and pathways that are responsible for the survival of a cancer – have revolutionized the treatment of cancer. We have seen incredible responses and lives extended in patients where standard treatments had failed. However, in many patients, these responses are temporary, as the cancer acquires resistance to the therapy by finding a new pathway to exploit. The goal of the Translational Research group is to develop promising therapeutic strategies that can be evaluated in clinical trials for patients whose cancers are driven by specific mutations.
In addition, Drs. Corcoran and Hong are looking at circulating tumor DNA – DNA fragments shed into the bloodstream from tumor cells throughout the body – to help guide treatment and monitor response to targeted therapies, and to track and study the evolution of drug resistance in patients in real-time.
The Game, Set, Laugh Tennis Tournament was held March 12, 2016 at Fore Court Racquet Club in Cumberland, RI. The tournament was incredibly successful, raising over $16,000 for the MGH Cancer Center Fund in memory of Carolina Haggarty. Thanks to all who attended and donated especially Fore Court and the Morin Family and 47 Brand.