Awards for Staten Island Top Women in Business | Natalie Licini
I have to admit when Lori called to tell me that I had been nominated as one of the Top 40 Women in Business in Staten Island I was speechless.
And when I walked into the reception last night, I was completely overwhelmed sitting beside other awardees including the executive director of Staten Island University Hospital, NY State assembly member, the founder of Hospice Care, A Friendly Face, the Seton Foundation and many of Staten Island’s most respected businesses including the owners of Nicotra’s Ballroom, Party Party Party, Safari Realty, AF Bennett Salon, & Casandra Properties & many more.
In 2010 I was introduced to someone who became very near and dear to my heart. Camille Loccisano.
Camille lost her son Frankie at the young age of 17. Camille’s foundation Frankie’s Mission in memory of Frankie helps families whose children are suffering from pediatric cancer. All the proceeds raised go directly to the children and their families. In 2011 they helped 40 individual families.
I want to share Frankie’s story with you in hope that you support their foundation and the upcoming fundraisers. PLEASE help support Frankie’s Mission today by donating online: http://www.frankiesmission.org/support-us/make-a-donation-online/
This September of 2014 marked seven 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!
Receiving this Awards for Staten Island Top Women in Business is truly an honor!
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