Rockville Centre, NY (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
The Captain James Corrigan Memorial Foundation (CJCMF) has announced that it will distribute money to two New York City area families with critically ill children. This, the first donation of the fledgling organization, was made possible through a fundraiser held in October 2011 which raised almost twenty thousand dollars. The foundation was created last year to honor Captain James Corrigan, a retired firefighter and a Fire Safety Director of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. On 9/11, Capt. Corrigan helped evacuate the daycare center in the WTC Plaza before returning to the Towers where he perished. No children died that day. The goal of the foundation is to continue the good work he did that day and help children with terminal and life threatening illnesses.
“We are extremely proud and excited to be making our first donation to two very deserving families,” said Brendan Corrigan, a founder of the CJCMF. “Our mission has always been to help children with life threatening diseases in memorial to the children’s lives that were saved by the bravery of my father on 9/11. It is such a wonderful feeling for my family to know that we’ve honored my dad’s memory and helped more children by carrying on his legacy. He devoted his entire life to helping others.”
Both families that are receiving financial donations from the foundation have children with a life-threatening disease. Maggie Russo from Staten Island is the daughter of a Lieutenant in the FDNY and was just shy of her second birthday when she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer. She lost her left eye to the cancer and also endured many treatments that left her weak and sickly. Today, happily, Maggie is a happy four-year old who is currently living a normal life. Maggie's life will never be entirely "cancer-free," as she will always need to be checked for the return of the disease, well into her adult life. Additionally the treatments that saved her life may have had unknown, long-term affects but for now Maggie herself will tell people she “kicked cancer’s butt!”
The second beneficiary of the CJCMF fundraising efforts is Kendall Curnuck, a Rockville Centre resident who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in January of 2010. This type of cancer has a rapid progression and must be treated with chemotherapy & other drugs. The intense treatment for this disease begins within days of diagnosis and requires years of aggressive medical care. Kendall, who is now nine years old, has met this challenge head-on and surprised her family with her bravery & fortitude. Fortunately, Kendall recently completed her chemo cancer treatment, but still continues to receive weekly treatments that help her fight the various side effects from the long-term treatment of her disease. It has been a long road but Kendall still manages to amaze everyone around her!
The Captain James Corrigan Memorial Foundation will be holding another fundraiser in 2012 in the hopes of helping even more children in the future. Event details will be announced on the foundation’s facebook page as they become available. Please like the CJCMF Facebook Page for all the latest news and information.
To submit a family in need of assistance due to the severe illness of a child, please contact Brendan Corrigan at captcorriganfoundation(at)gmail.com.
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About The Captain James Corrigan Memorial Foundation
The Captain James Corrigan Memorial Foundation was founded in 2011 by Captain Corrigan’s sons, Brendan and Sean Corrigan. The foundation was created to honor the memory of his bravery and dedication to others, particularly his role in saving the children in the World Trade Center Daycare on September 11, 2001. The mission of the Foundation is to raise money for families with children that have life threatening or terminal diseases. The first annual fundraiser for the Foundation was held on October 8, 2011 and raised almost $20,000. The Captain James Corrigan Memorial Foundation has 501c3 tax exempt status with the IRS.
For more information on the Captain James Corrigan Foundation please contact Brendan Corrigan at captcorriganfoundation(at)gmail.com.