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July 23, 2018 

Dear Friends and Family,

Recently, a family member of mine relapsed and became very sick. An extremely strong willed and tough kid I am proud to call my cousin Chris Benedetto developed Osteosarcoma. Diagnosed in October 2017 Chris has undergone 7 rounds of chemo therapy at the Winthrop cancer center for kids. Then In January 2018, Chris had surgery to remove the tumor from his femur and had his fibula removed to replace the bone that was removed from his leg. After this, he went through 12 additional rounds of chemotherapy while being hospitalized for 100 days. Recently released from the hospital he will now have to go through many months of physical therapy to regain the strength he once had.

Throughout all of this, the Michael Magro Foundation was there to lend a helping hand to his family. Providing resources to offset medical bills and help facilitate wonderful surprises to help keep Chris in great spirits. That is why I am pledging to run the 2018 NYC marathon on November 4th, with the NYPD running team, and with your help raise money for the next family that will need a helping hand like we all do from time to time. Together let’s help the families affected by cancer, and put smiles on the faces of kids who at their lowest may not have anything to smile about. 

This year my goal is $15,000 and I know we can achieve this. Your donation can help to ease the burden for local families affected by this illness and help bring a small amount of normalcy – or even joy – to a sick child.  With the generosity of people like you we can help make a very difficult time a little less taxing. Donations will be accepted through November 7th, 2018.

To donate online, click the button to the left.

To donate by check, please make your check payable to the “Michael Magro Foundation and mail to:
Michael Magro Foundation
c/o Chris Benedetto
12 Julian St.
Hicksville, NY 11801

The Michael Magro Foundation – a 501(c)(3) Corporation (Tax ID 20-2280077) – was established in January 2005 to honor the memory of a selfless and courageous young man who lost his life to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (AAL) at age 13 – just months after being diagnosed.  At his young age Michael was someone who loved life, his family and friends and cared more about others than he did for himself.  He was always smiling and had a “zest” for life and a passion for lacrosse and music. A friend to everyone, Michael was a kind and compassionate individual who gave his all to everything and never gave up. Even while battling his illness, his courage and strength was a source of inspiration to those who knew him.  

To reduce financial hardship and help ease emotional turmoil, The Foundation dedicates 100% of its profits to the support of children with cancer and their families.  Through the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital, and the families directly, The Foundation seeks to help defray the additional costs incurred by the families of sick children that can be daunting when already faced with huge medical bills.  The Foundation helps alleviate some of the costs for travel and living expenses when travel away from home is necessary for treatment, transportation to chemotherapy, babysitting expenses, gift cards to supermarkets, help with pharmacy co-payments, and so much more! 

Additionally, The Foundation provides the Cancer Center For Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital some “comforts of home” for the children, such as books, DVD’s, game systems and video games, as they undergo treatment.  I urge you to visit The Michael Magro Foundation’s website to learn more – www.michaelmagrofoundation.com and to learn more about Chris please visit this link https://pix11.com/2018/06/16/long-island-teen-beats-cancer-a-second-time-just-in-time-for-prom-graduation

Thank you for your consideration.


Christopher James Benedetto