May 16, 2015 marked the inaugural “Joey Lup Old Timers Game” where family and friends came together to honor Joseph Luparello “Lup” while playing his favorite pastime – baseball. This day marked not only the first ‘Old Timers’ game in honor of Joseph Luparello but also the first event hosted by The Joey Lup Foundation.
In true Joey fashion the inaugural event for the foundation was one to be remembered. From a thrilling ball game, to the touching and memorable speeches and hundreds of attendees; this was a day filled with the three things that Joey loved most his family, friends and baseball.
The gates at the HBA Abe Levitt Field in Hicksville opened at 11:00 a.m., at the very fields where Joe’s love of baseball began. Family and friends approached the field with a lump in their throat that quickly changed to an overwhelming amount of love for Joey and support for each other.
About the Joey Lup Foundation:
Joe passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 42, from Gamma Delta Sub-Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in January, 2013 and endured a very difficult two years where he received many chemotherapy treatments, multiple hospital stays, as well as bone marrow transplant. For which his older brother Anthony was a perfect match. After a week and a half of being discharged from the hospital, Joe came down with shingles. His immune system just couldn’t recover. After finding out that his Lymphoma spread to his lungs, and having next to no immune system, Joe passed away. Joe left behind his wife Dena of 8 1/2 years, his twins, Joey Jr. and Mia (8), and his youngest son, Nicolas (7).
The Joey Lup Foundation was created to honor Joseph Luparello (a/k/a “Lupy”). It is the goal of the foundation to help families with loved ones who are battling cancer. From care packages to financial assistance as well as contributions to Lymphoma research, the Joey Lup Foundation will continue Joey’s caring and loving legacy by providing direct support to those in need.