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Robert D. Silvetz, MD Weds Lorraine Cancro
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Newlyweds, Robert D. Silvetz, MD and Lorraine Silvetz

 

TRUE LOVE FOUND THROUGH WORK AND A CAUSE

 By Mitzi Perdue

 

Lorraine Silvetz formerly Lorraine Cancro didn’t use Match.com or another Internet dating site to find the love of her life. Instead, she found her husband and soul mate when she was on a quest for something entirely different, the quest to help the relieve suffering of those experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 




 Lorraine is the Executive Director of the Global Stress Initiative (GSI), an organization that seeks to diagnose, treat and prevent PTSD, as well as raise awareness not only for those suffering from the condition, but their families as well. The problem is a significant one, and as GSI’s Medical Director, Robert Cancro points out, “Twenty million American adults live with an anxiety disorder that is chronic, painful and can become
progressively worse.”


 Lorraine and her GSI colleagues had as one of their goals, finding help for individuals with PTSD that doesn’t include prescribing additional medications. The GSI team knows all too often people with PTSD became dependent on the drugs involved in their therapy. The individuals taking PTSD medications may also find themselves experiencing a host of unwelcome side effects, such as inability to sleep or suicidal urges.


Through the years, Lorraine and her colleagues found many interventions to help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD but not until 2013 did she find the ultimate intervention. When her colleague and friend, Eilhys England Hackworth co-Founder with the late Colonel David Hackworth of Stand for the Troops told her about the Brain Treatment Center (BTC) and its tremendous success using non-drug interventions, Cancro decided to visit BTC at its headquarters in  Newport Beach , California.


 For Lorraine, the visit was life-changing, not only professionally, but personally. While there, she met the  Chief Scientific Officer, Robert D. Silvetz, MD, and the two shared the happy experience of not only caring about PTSD, they also discovered how much they cared about each other.

It was a swift courtship. Within 24 hours of their December 7th date, they found themselves discussing marriage.  In fact, when Bob Silvetz spoke with Eilhys the following day, she knew from the excitement in his voice that he had found the one.  Certain of what she felt she was hearing, she asked him when they were getting married and even suggested getting married at her home where he was staying while visiting the East Coast.


Bob swiftly responded that he wanted to get married at the Church of Santa Susanna in Rome where his parents were married and he had his communion and confirmation. Eilhys let Lorraine know this immediately over the phone. Lorraine ran to her mother, who is of Italian descent, and asked if she knew the Church of Santa Susanna, only to learn that not only did her mother know it,   - she had a painting of it on the wall above her bed in the master bedroom!! Santa Susanna is one of over 1000 churches in Rome so the chances of Lorraine's mother having a painting of the exact church Bob mentioned were truly remote.


 It was a powerful sign. The couple were discussing marrying at Santa Susanna for close to a month and finally Bob popped the question when Lorraine finally said, "You keep telling me where you want to get married. Don't you think you should ask me first?" He answered, "Now?". She said, "Sure, why not?" He then asked and she swiftly answered yes. He told her later that he was a little afraid to ask so just assumed the sale!!ll This was within a month of Pearl Harbor Day. They both said there was no need to waste time - when you know you know.


 



 They did not end up getting married at Santa Susanna but St Pius Church in Huntington since it would have taken two years and too much paperwork to get married in Italy. Instead, the couple decided to invite their colleagues, family and friends to the Oheka Castle to celebrate the launch of their life together.













The wedding took place on August 14th, and people came from as far as Taiwan for the celebration. Dr. Yi Jin, Founder of the Brain Treatment Center along with members of his team were present for the couple's special day. Research scientists in the field of mental health were present including Robert Cancro, MD, Chairman Emeritus of NYU's Department of Psychiatry, Robert M. Silvetz, MD, Robert Isenhart, PhD, Ralph DePalo, PhD, Leslie Prichep, PhD, and Judy Kuriansky, PhD. Business people and entrepreneurs from around the world attended including JJ Han, International Business Director of BTC, Kevin McGovern, Chairman of the Water Initiative, John Silvetz of Blue Crest Capital Management, LLP, Jeffrey Loewy, President of Tirschwell and Loewy, Inc., Larry Cancro, Senior VP of Fenway Affairs for the Boston Red Sox, Barry Klarberg, Founder and CEO of Monarch Business and Wealth Management, Managing Partners of Dragon Deeds, Eilhys England Hackworth and Keith Buckler, among others. TV Personalities and Entertainers including 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Anchor and Best Selling Author, Rita Cosby, Singer/Producer, Tomaczek Bednarek, Newcomer/Singer, Cheyenne Elliott, and Musician/Teacher, Susan Cancro Brown. Writers including Synesthesia Expert and Author, Maureen Seaberg, Award Winning March of Dimes blogger, Barbara Carr and Therapist/Author, Nan O'Brien. Philanthropists, Sara Herbert Galloway, Barbara and David Bender, Jim Luce, Errol Rappaport, Roberta Lowenstein, NancyJane Loewy, and many more.































 




 The reception at Oheka Castle dazzled the guests which many called the best wedding ever!  Oheka Castle was part of the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s the Great Gatsby and it is the second largest private home in the United States, with 127 rooms and over 109,000 square feet.




Guests danced that evening  to the 8-piece band, Billy and the Showmen, and were entertained by soon to be launched singer, Cheyenne Elliott, granddaughter of Dionne Warwick and cousin of Whitney Houston, beautiful rendition of "At Last". In addition, Tomaczek Bednarek created and performed a haunting guitar solo in honor of the
 new couple. 





 The Silvetzes left the next day for their honeymoon cruise to New England and Canada. On their return to California, they will continue their joint work in helping alleviate the suffering of those experiencing PTSD, using techniques that don’t require pharmacological intervention.

 

May they live happily ever after....

Much Love and Many Hugs,
Joyce and Gerard
 

 



Mitzi Perdue is the widow of the late Frank Perdue.   Her biography of him is coming out in November. She writes the blog for the Academy of Women's Health.
 

 


 

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