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!”
Melody, Senior Director of Development
Lee Health Foundation
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, ”
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.”
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.”
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.”
This year for her birthday we want to ask everyone to donate to your foundation in lieu of birthday gifts.”