New 'Life is Good' charity helps ill in honor of Milan woman

Organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Give Kids the World aim to give children with serious illnesses a happy experience.
Tom Jackson
Jan 13, 2013


Troy Haslinger, 37, an Akron resident, has decided adults battling cancer need a break, too.

So he founded a fledgling charity, Life Is Good No Matter What, using a motto from his sister, Holly (Haslinger) Sneider, 39, a Milan resident who died of cancer at Stein Hospice on Nov. 12, 2011.

"Our goal is to give a break for adults with advanced cancer," Haslinger said. "Let them go to Chicago to see the Rolling Stones. Let's take them to their favorite restaurant with their family."

Last month, the charity helped its first patient.

Vickie Milner, 59, a Perkins Township resident, got picked up in a limousine last month with seven family members, taken to a restaurant, and then treated to a Christmas concert by the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The family had front row seats and Milner's three grandchildren were invited onstage by guest conductor Carl Topilow, who also is the conductor for Sandusky's Firelands Symphony Orchestra.

Milner has been battling breast cancer which she said is incurable but manageable.

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Want to help?

Donations may be sent to Life Is Good No Matter What Foundation, 376 South Rose Blvd., Akron OH 44313. Haslinger can be contacted at or by phone at 1.855.544.6691, ext. 700, or at 330.322.1067.





Holly was such a wonderful human being..she cared for my daughter when she was having physical therapy a couple of years back... when we were told Holly ill we were so sad...but she turned it around and made things good...When we found out she passed we were so saddened...This is a beautiful thing you are doing...I will be memory of HOLLY.. God bless you!