Dr. Calogera Perrone-Liodakis, affectionately called Lilla. was born on March 10, 1969 on Staten Island NY to parents Angelo and Caterina Perrone. She attended Curtis High School, went to Medical school in Sicily and later on became Chief Resident Richmond University Hospital. She’s was the co-partner of a pediatrics practice in Brooklyn and in Staten Island. A devoted mother to Eleftherios, a vibrant eleven-year-old, Lilla was a travel buff and music aficionado. Her favorite genre was 80’s New Wave. Her favorite Group Tears for Fears. She loved, loved, loved her daily doppio espresso. She appreciated good food and spending time with her family. The Simple things in life that made her happy. She married her soulmate John in May 2005. Her honeymoon was a dream come true aboard the ocean liner Queen Mary II. Traveling was a passion of hers.
Only a few weeks after she returned home from her honeymoon, Lilla was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was the fight of her life and she was determined to overcome. Lilla remained strong and grew stronger, keeping Cancer free for 10 years. On Jan. 11, 2011, she gave birth to her son Eleftherios Lefteris for short. He is a handsome, smart, witty and thriving eleven year old that attends school at St Joseph Hill Academy . He was Lilla’s her pride and joy. Despite a decade of vigilance, annual checkups and follow-ups, the cancer returned. This only deepened her resolve and she went on to keep battling for seven more years.
As a highly skilled and compassionate doctor, she provided care for many children every day in her medical practice. She treated all her patients like they were her own child. She’s encouraged many mothers going through a similar battle with cancer – and her door was always open. Her Mantra was “Don’t let cancer define you. Choose life. Embrace life. Live as fully as you can each day.”
She is the Beloved wife of John and loving mother of Eleftherios. Loving sister of Dr. Paolo and Liliana Perrone and Jimmy and Harriet Giapoutzis. Adored Aunt of Katerina and Lefteri Giapoulzis & Caterina and Angelo Perrone. Pre-deceased by her parents Angelo and the late Caterina Perrone. Dear daughter in law of Eleni Liodakis and her late husband Eleftherios. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.
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