Today was the first Walk to the Bridge with Frankie’s Kids. We walked over four miles for the Loccisano foundation supporting pediatric cancer. We met at the 69th Street Pier in Brooklyn, NY at 8:30am. But for those of you who know me, I got there a few minutes late toting my venti Starbucks.
I met Camille Loccisano just over two years ago when I started a private cancer fundraiser on Staten Island with a team of fabulous women. Camille is a woman of great love and incredible strength as many of you know. It has been a privilege to know her and her beautiful family these two years. Their organization has been one of the most important foundations for my family!
The morning started off with a few touching dedications and awards for generous people who helped make today an enormous success. With every step we walked together, we helped a child who is battling cancer. The foundation helps families in financial crisis due to the overwhelming nature of their child’s illness and medical care. I raised $250 so far, and donations are still being accepted here: http://www.crowdrise.com/TheWalkwithNatalie.
I walked to the Verrazano Bridge and back with a lovely family including three generations of powerful women (who happened to look like super models mind you). The youngest at nine months old is such a force, but a gentile soul. Having family surround you and support you is so important especially during these early years raising your children. I really enjoyed the time we spent sharing stories about our families and childbirth. When they say it takes an entire village to raise a child, it sure is true. It looks easy, but I sure wish children came with a manual.
September 14, 2012 marked five years that Frankie Loccisano lost his life to cancer. Now, in his name and memory, they continue to raise funds and awareness to help families and children who are fighting the same illness. Here’s some information about the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation listed on their website: http://www.frankiesmission.org/
The seeds in creating “Frankie’s Mission” were planted by a boy named Francesco Loccisano, aka Frankie, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was only 14 years old. Frankie had lived a happy, full and active life until he was found sick. As he fought cancer, he realized there were people in this world, especially his young fellow cancer warriors, who were facing very difficult journeys through no fault of their own. He was very motivated to launch his own foundation when he reached a cure. However, he did not just tell his family and friends of his intentions. He INSPIRED them with his vision for the future, and he filled them with an energetic passion toward helping others.
Frankie never reached that cure. He passed two weeks after his 17th birthday, and all those who loved him knew they must continue his legacy and carry out his wishes. One month later, Frankie’s family, friends, neighbors, coaches and teachers crowded around a long kitchen table. On that evening, a team of dedicated people of all ages, and with high hopes, big dreams, and a strong work ethic, launched a grass-roots effort. “Frankie’s Mission” was born.
Frankie’s Mission has grown into an active, effective and fiscally responsible organization that spans its assistance to families of children with cancer nationwide. Demonstrating integrity and dedication, Frankie’s Mission has identified the dire need to help families when they reach an out of control financial crisis due to the overwhelming nature of their child’s illness and medical care. Funds raised to support Frankie’s Mission come from individuals, families, businesses, corporations and full communities. The end result is assistance that is channeled directly to children with cancer in the most humane, compassionate and dignified manner possible.
If you or your family would like to learn more about the Loccisano Foundation http://www.frankiesmission.org/ or to donate to this important cause please click here: http://www.frankiesmission.org/donate.php
Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend!
Join us September 15, 2012 on the Walk To The Bridge For Frankie’s Kids in support of pediatric cancer.
Camille Loccisano, a dear friend lost her son Frankie at the young age of 17. Camille’s foundation in memory of Frankie helps families whose children are suffering from pediatric cancer. All the proceeds from this event will go directly to the children and their families who are facing childhood cancer. Last year they helped 40 individual families. Pediatric cancer is something that is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to share Frankie’s story with you in hope that you support their foundation and the upcoming fundraiser The Walk To The Bridge for Frankie’s Kids this September.
About the WALK:
The fun-filled event takes place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 beginning at the 69th street pier in Bay Ridge all the way to the Verrazano Bridge.
We invite you to WALK September 15th and would be most grateful for your donations here: http://www.crowdrise.com/thewalkwithnatalie/fundraiser/natalielicini
On this day, with every step you walk, you will directly help a child who is battling cancer. We welcome everyone to lace up your shoes and walk together as a community for children with cancer.
We will begin with pre-walk and warm- up festivities. Everyone, of EVERY age is invited to walk, obtain sponsors and have a great time! You can walk solo, with a friend or even create your own team of family and friends.
This coming September of 2012 marks five years that Frankie Loccisano lost his life to cancer.
Frankie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of three brothers. A leader from an early age, he enjoyed popularity among his many friends and he loved to play sports. A very bright student, he attended Xaverian High School where he studied in their prestigious IB Honors Program with a goal toward attending Princeton University.
A lover of the political arena and a talented creative writer, Frankie was an avid novel reader and he enjoyed the fine works of great authors. The NY Yankees and NY Giants were his teams. He loved Robert Deniro films, online role-play and Friday night card games with his buddies. He enjoyed a good and fair political debate, and he was an extremely articulate speaker. Studying law and practicing as a public prosecutor was a very serious goal for him. He also had thoughts of entering into a political career in his later years. He was a tremendous advocate of civil rights and human dignity. His political views were moderate and his oft repeated words were “Depends on the issue!”
At the age of 14, Frankie was diagnosed with bone cancer and then leukemia, he endured extremely invasive treatments, countless surgeries, and constant procedures during a span of 27 months. Through it all, Frankie demonstrated an unmatched courage and an indomitable and prayerful spirit. As an older pediatric patient, he greatly understood the enormity of what it meant to be so young and fighting for life instead of enjoying life. It is in this spirit and in Frankie’s memory that his foundation carries out its important mission. So important was this mission to Frankie, that they were among the last words he communicated to his family and friends.
Now, in his name and memory, we will raise funds and awareness to help families and children who are fighting the same illness. Join us and help to make a real and true difference!
In 2010 and 2011 we helped bring awareness and support to pediatric cancer. We hope you will join us!
Natalie & Cate
Camille Loccisano, a dear friend lost her son Frankie at the young age of 17. Camille’s foundation in memory of Frankie helps families whose children are suffering from pediatric cancer. Pediatric cancer is something that is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to share Frankie’s story with you in hope that you support their foundation and the upcoming fundraiser Hopefest 2011.
(The information was taken from their website: http://francesco-loccisano.memory-of.com/About.aspx)
This memorial web site was created in loving memory of Francesco Anthony Loccisano aka “Frankie” and at times also called “Frisco”. Frankie was a charming and vibrant 17 year old boy who was dearly loved and adored by his large family and many friends. He was filled with positive energy and enthusiasm. Brought up with his 2 younger brothers, Nicholas and Christopher, his loving family watched as he grew into an opinionated and intelligent teenager. He brought nothing but joy and happiness into the lives of all those around him.
Frankie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in July of 2005 at the age of 14. He fought a long and hard battle against this illness for twenty seven months. Along this journey Frankie learned many life lessons, most especially about the hardships of humanity. This caused him to grow a tremendous compassion for those who were less fortunate, ill or in pain. He prayed for anyone he was told about, young or old, no matter what their misfortune. Through his own difficult time, he remained hopeful as well as prayerful. He kept Jesus as the center of his life and prayed to his special saints, Padre Pio and St. Joseph.
Frankie was dependable, responsible, a bright student and a great friend. His favorite subject was history and he loved politics and economics. He also enjoyed a good and fair debate and he always presented facts to support his views. His dream was to one day study law and practice as a criminal prosecutor. He even had thoughts of becoming a member of Congress. He was an advocate for civil rights and human dignity. His political views were moderate and he always said “depends on the issue !”
He enjoyed football, was a Yankee fan, loved Robert Deniro movies, The Sopranos, video games, online role play and neighborhood stoopball. He appreciated simple pleasures but he also enjoyed the finer things in life, such as handsome neck ties and fine restaurants. He was a talented creative writer and also an avid novel reader.
When Frankie passed on to eternal life, he took a great deal with him. Life will never be the same for those he left behind. God truly took a loved, needed and remarkable young gentleman to heaven. There is no doubt that he is in a place of incredible and unimaginable beauty where the very atmosphere is filled with God’s love and presence. How happy he must be.
Rest in Peace, our Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Until we meet again ……..
Last year, my friends and family all held a fundraiser at the Excelsior Grand to support her amazing foundation. Having the fundraiser at the Excelsior was truly amazing. Not only did the Excelsior host an incredible event, but their support and their staff’s generous donations to our raffles brought us to tears. We helped build awareness about pediatric cancer, her incredible foundation and raised money to help families in need. I hope you will consider supporting Hopefest 2011 on Friday Evening, September 23, 2011 at Gargiulo’s in Brooklyn, I’ll be there. Tickets and donations can be made here: http://www.frankiesmission.org/upcoming_events.php
Family and community are very important. We really need to stick together. Here are some pictures taken last year at our Chaata event supporting Camille’s foundation. As you can see, there was so much love in the room!
Here’s a picture of Camille and my wonderful brother Jason who emceed the event.
Look at all these donations on the table. If you’d like to donate a gift basket to the Hopefest 2011 gala message me or Camille.
Phyllis won an autographed Don Mattingly bat. How exciting!
Thanks for your support!