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My name is Anthony Padulo, and I am a social worker with the MJHS Hospice program. I have worked at this program for a little over two years now.
I specifically work with the pediatric team at this time, and in my experience thus far I have come across many different programs and foundations that provide assistance to our pediatric patients. One of those foundations is the Michael Magro foundation which I have worked beside numerous times with a variety of clients.
The Michael Magro Foundation is a donor based foundation which services children and assists with concrete needs such as paying medical bills, funeral bills, and even phone bills. The Michael Magro foundation has been an asset to our clients’ families in helping them get what they need in their time of need.
The foundation is reliable, easy to work with, and has helped many of our clients who struggle financially. The Michael Magro foundation recently helped to pay the phone bill for one of our clients’ families who was unable to pay the bill themselves. Without the Michael Magro foundation, this would have been a much more difficult situation for the family to figure out. I know myself and the families are grateful to this foundation for the assistance they provide.
Anthony Padulo, LMSW
Pediatric Team
MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care
The Michael Magro Foundation is a beacon of hope for families facing the immense challenge of caring for a child with an oncology diagnosis. As Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social Workers at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, we’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible impact of Terrie Magro’s accessibility, responsiveness, compassion, and generosity. Unlike other foundations, the Michael Magro Foundation cuts through red tape, providing swift assistance without burdening families with lengthy applications or intrusive requests for personal information. Terrie’s rapid response time, often within minutes, has saved countless families from utility shutoffs and eviction threats, easing the profound stress of their child’s treatment journey. We are endlessly grateful for this lifeline.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social Workers Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you, your staff/volunteers and all the donors who help keep your foundation running. As a social worker in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, we work with patients diagnosed with pediatric cancers and blood disorders. Many of our patients and families are not only challenged by medical concerns but also financial concerns and often are living paycheck to paycheck.
I rely on the Micheal Magro Foundation to assist with the financial stress relief and you have never had to tell me that the foundation is not able to help a family I have referred to you.
Thank you so much for being there – for our families, and for me.”


Denise Velazquez, LCSW
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Blood & Marrow Cell Transplantation
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

“Happy Holidays! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Weekend and have some fun planned for New Years!  I wanted to thank you for sharing the JZips so quickly with our patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. One of our newest diagnoses, Logan, couldn’t wait to design his own with the theme he’s adopted for his cancer battle. He’s “Stryking” Out Cancer. His last name is “Stryker (said striker). He’s already shared this slogan with our unit and the floor knows this is his mantra.

Thank you for sharing a comfortable, soft JZip to make treatment easier. I asked Logan what he’d like to say to you and he said to tell you – “𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗲 “𝗦𝘁𝗿𝘆𝗸” 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿! 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗴𝗮𝗻.”

Logan, unfortunately, had to spend Christmas in the hospital but the team made it extra special and he was featured on our local news. I thought you might enjoy meeting one of the patients you are helping firsthand. Thank you for sharing JZips and helping so many fight cancer in a proper and comfortable fashion! Adam and I are working on a proposal to share for 2023!

𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲: https://bit.ly/3Vyy9qq

Cheers to you!
Happy New Year!

Amy, Sr. Director, Barbara’s Friends – Children’s Cancer Fund & Children’s Miracle Network for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

“Words cannot justify how wonderful and essential the Michael Magro Foundation has been for my patients. In my time as a pediatric oncology social worker, they have helped countless families with an overwhelmingly wide range of needs. Parents of children/teens with cancer face many hardships that are, unfortunately, not limited to their child’s illness.

Thankfully, organizations like the Michael Magro Foundation are willing to help with things like rent, utilities, food, and transportation, so that parents do not need to worry about finances and can instead focus on being present for their child. The Michael Magro Foundation’s generous assistance has kept families from facing eviction, losing their phone service, running out of food, or missing appointments due to lack of transportation. But what makes the Michael Magro Foundation unique is their flexibility and willingness to meet families exactly where they are.

When a family has a need that is outside the norm, I know I can approach Terrie and the Foundation and they will be ready and willing to assist. Recently, the family of a 12-year-old patient with leukemia was struggling to purchase an air conditioner for their sweltering NYC apartment. Within 72 hours of me contacting Terrie and the Michael Magro Foundation, the family had their air conditioner and the patient’s comfort and quality of life improved drastically. Families have peace of mind knowing that we will be able to support them through an unimaginably challenging time in their lives, and this is in large part because of Terrie and the Michael Magro Foundation. We cannot thank them enough!”

Lisa Hamilton, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care

“Hi Terrie,
It was so great to see you virtually a few weeks back! I look forward to seeing you in person, hopefully, sooner than later!

I wanted to take a moment to thank you, Paul, and the Michael Magro Foundation for your support of JZips for our patients. I have attached a picture of Tanessa. She is an 18-year-old who is bravely battling cancer. She can be seen in the photo with her JZips on while enjoying a visit from our super cool pet therapy dog!

Taylor Hinton, our oncology child life specialist whom you recently met, wrote the following:

We love being able to provide our patients with the DIY JZips because it is a way for them to express themselves while in the hospital. Many of our patients have their control taken away from them while undergoing treatment, so having something like the JZips t-shirts allows them to take some of that control back while having fun! As a child life specialist, I appreciate being able to provide a therapeutic outlet for the patients I see. Not only is the t-shirt design beneficial for our patients, but it also serves multiple purposes. Thank you to the Michael Magro Foundation and JZips for your support!

Let’s touch base again soon. We appreciate you!”

Hanna, MS CCLS
Melody, Senior Director of Development
Lee Health Foundation

“Hi Terrie,
I’m Hanna, one of the Child Life Specialists over at Cohens Children’s Medical Center. I wanted to reach out and express our gratitude for your sponsorship of the DYO Jzips shirts on behalf of the child life team, patients, and families of Cohens.

We have been able to see patients really express themselves on these shirts as well as have so much fun getting to create them themselves. These shirts not only allow the patients to be able to be creative, but they also provide them with so much more comfort while they are here for treatment.

Thank you again for all of your generosity, ”

Hanna, MS CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Cohens Children’s Medical Center

“Dear Terrie, Paul, and Marc,
My son, Tommy, was diagnosed with A.L.L. on Oct. 31, 2021. This was so unexpected and shocking. Tommy, 23, who has Down Syndrome, has always been so healthy. He has a great sense of humor and is so loving to all he meets. As a mom, an RN, and a 2x cancer survivor, this was terrifying news.

As Nancy Morreale, LCW explained, he is currently being treated at NYU Langone. Unfortunately, he failed his induction and he went into liver failure. He was very weak and could not go up and downstairs. Your generosity helped us immediately purchase a stairlift. Now Tommy is able to come and go a lot easier. This was such a help to us!

Tommy is now going for CAR-T Cell Therapy at Sloan Kettering in NYC at the end of Jan. Even though this is promising it is still very scary and has many side effects. We are praying this works. He will still be receiving chemo at NYU until then.

We can’t wait for him to get back to Camp Anchor, swimming, his friends, movies, day hab, and all the things he enjoys!

There is so much in my heart that we would like to relay to you. We want to thank you for your generosity. People like you are God’s reminder that angels walk this earth.
We wish you all the best. Your foundation and generosity carries on Michael’s memory.”

Best Regards, Rosemary, Anthony, Tommy, Mary, Katie and Jessica
“Dear Terrie,
My family and I are incredibly appreciative of all of your generosity. I can’t even remember what month it was when you and I spoke. That seems like a lifetime ago. Shane’s still in the hospital with no real end in sight. (Well, he’s being transferred to rehab at some point soon but who knows what kind of progress he will make and how long we will be there.) It has been so stressful just sitting in the hospital day in and day out. For Thanksgiving, I was able to get a break from here and have an amazing weekend with my other kid’s thanks to you. They are hurting so much and it was great to do some fun stuff with them and let them be regular kids with their mom for a few days. Thank you for everything you have done to help us. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season.”
Best, Jenn – Shane’s mom
“I had the privilege of working with the Michael Magro foundation when i was with the cancer center for kids at Winthrop University Hospital. We had an annual Black and white ball 2010 that honored the Michael Magro foundation for the heroic work they do for children and their families. There are not enough words to describe their dedication, that was one of our best events ever.”
Linda Sweeney, Practice Manger
“On so many occasions I have personally seen how the assistance provided by the MMF has helped alleviate a family’s financial stress. Ultimately providing them with the most precious gift of being able to focus on and support their child during the most critical time”
Kaitlin Rowen, LMSW at Cohen’s Children Hospital

“If I say I have the words to describe how exactly this moment feels I will be lying…Terrie, I have received your check for $1000.
You have saved a family…a sinking boat, now I can be able to get some stuff for my kids when I was told Nathaniel had a relapse, I didn’t know what to do, what to think, how it was going to be, but with you doing this for us you have taken a big Burden off my shoulders. You have become our guardian.Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, I wish I could see you in person to tell you personally…. thank you.”

Joesephine, mother of child

“My name is Jessica and my daughter Kinsley was diagnosed with brain cancer a few days before her first birthday in December. We spent most of December at NYU Winthrop hospital and celebrated her first birthday and Christmas while there. Thanks to your foundation and the child life group at NYU Winthrop our daughter was able to have the best first birthday and Christmas possible given the circumstances.

This year for her birthday we want to ask everyone to donate to your foundation in lieu of birthday gifts.”

Jessica, mother of Kinsley