When someone mentions something that resonates strongly with them, they usually state that it “touches their heart.” The idea of “touching the heart” is something that strikes a nerve within a person. The resonance can be felt mildly, as in the case of receiving a heart emoji in a text, or strongly, as in the case of something that can inspire us to become passionate and live a meaningful life.
Touching the heart is something that both Terrie and Paul Magro have been able to accomplish since January 2005, when they started The Michael Magro Foundation (MMF), a Hicksville-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established to honor the life of Michael, their older son, who lost his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just eight short weeks after his diagnosis. Through various fundraisers, including basketball, volleyball, golf and soccer events, the organization has been able to raise more than $1.7 million to date. The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of children with cancer, pediatric cancer survivors and their families, as well as patients with other chronic pediatric illnesses. Because of their ongoing passion, Terrie and Paul have touched the hearts of thousands.