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March 12, 2014

Welcome to the Burke's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

On March 12th Patrick was diagnosed with a treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL).  Treatment plans are undetermined and pending more medical tests.  

We are unsure of work plans and appreciate the unwavering support of our large family in Boston, New York and around the globe.  We are very appreciative of our friends in the South Burlington School District, our home town of Jericho, and the wider VT education and youth hockey community.  

Here is the message we sent out to the South Burlington Community:


Dear SBHS Community Members,

 As many of you know, I am most comfortable leading the charge for the good of others – our school, our kids, education in VT and certainly my family.  As life would have it, I have been called upon to focus more on myself.  I recently received the diagnosis that I have cancer and while I have confidence in my treatment team, I know that this is going to require me to spend considerable time away from school and related activities.  Just how much time away is for the moment unclear as they determine the best course of treatment. 

I am very pleased to be able to say that between our leadership teams here at the high school and with support from our district administration I am confident that the school year will progress in good stead.  I ask for your support of those teams as they take on extra work.  As for me, I want you to know I am surrounded by my loving family and capable medical hands and ask only for your healing thoughts and perhaps some extra love for those immediately around you.  I will be sure that word gets out about my progress as time goes on.


Patrick D. Burke

Principal, South Burlington High School



Maria Mitchell posted a new journal entry, "Back to school!".

As you know last spring I underwent treatment for cancer. With my cancer in remission and chemotherapy complete I am excited to be returning to school and look forward to ... Read more

Susi Taylor signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Patrick- Way to go! I just read results of your June Doctor's visit-" extraordinary" indeed ! That adjective applies to you in many ways .Great news, great work. Please ... Read more

Sally Borden signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Patrick - It was so great to see you last week at Healthy Living and have a few minutes to catch up!  I was thinking of you today, knowing you had your treatment.  Hope ... Read more

Amy Trippodi signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Patrick,My father is here visiting from Florida and informed me you have been sick this year.  I am so sorry to hear this news.  From your last report, it sounds like ... Read more

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Maria Mitchell added a new photo.

Maria Mitchell posted a new journal entry, "News from the Doctor".

On June 11th Patrick had a PET scan which was scheduled to determine both the success of the treatment and serve to inform the treatment plan going forward.  We were ... Read more

Nancy & Bob signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Patrick;  we're sending our positive thoughts all your way.  Get well, and we'll try to take care of your Mom & Dad!  Hugs, Nancy & Bob Drennen  Read more

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