Nominations for “Frankie’s Heroes” being accepted

For the second year in a row, the Francesco Loccisano Foundation is encouraging the community to nominate children and teens “who are heroes,” said Camille Orrichio Loccisano, founder of the non-profit organization.

They will form part of the “Frankie’s Heroes” event, which is set to take place on March 10.

“Everything we do is to raise money for children with cancer,” Loccisano expressed, adding that her own son, Frankie, who died five years ago after a long battle with the disease, had his own dream of launching his own foundation to help other children, once he reached a cure.

“[We want to] uncover special children who are out there Fifteen children who show resilience and courage during a difficult challenge and have engaged in selfless acts that make a difference will be selected.

Loccisano spoke of last year’s event and how the organization received different types of outstanding nominations: For example, the story of a girl whose mom had dealt with breast cancer, and who went above and beyond to create a jewelry line to raise money for breast cancer research; or a boy who saved lives in Breezy Point during Hurricane Sandy.

“Kids were amazing last year,” continued Loccisano, who added that another girl with a younger brother fighting cancer grew her hair long only to have it cut off, raising thousands of dollars for charity.

“This is a very inspirational event that brings together families as well as our elected officials and community leaders,” Loccisano concluded.

Nominations will go on until February 10. To nominate an individual, send one detailed paragraph to explaining why the person should be one of “Frankie’s Heroes.” Include name, school, grade and age of child. Include your name, phone number and relationship to child. For more event information and/or to sponsor ‘Frankie’s Heroes,” call 917-496-7534.

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