by Mary Pallotta, Bellmore Life, 01/07/2004
The Guardian Brain Foundation recently held its annual Gala at the elegant Carltun in the Park. It was an enchanting evening full of wonderful surprises. Assemblyman David G. McDonough and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo started the evening by talking to some of our special guests who are diagnosed with brain tumors, brain cancer and brain injuries during our cocktail hour.
Michael A. Pallotta eloquently thanked everyone for joining in our mission and explained the importance of The Guardian Brain Foundation. Cathy Montero received a Guardian Award for her dedication, support and hard work of volunteering her time.
Mary Pallotta, the President of The Guardian Brain Foundation, gave a welcome and explained that over 100,000 people are living in the United States each year with a brain tumor. Over five million Americans are living with disabilities as a result of a traumatic brain injury. She explained how her dear brother Dennis who lost a three month battle to a cancerous brain tumor will live on through the Guardian Brain Foundation.
The mission of the foundation is to provide support services and assist the advancement of neuroscience research, for adults and children who are diagnosed with brain tumors and injuries of the brain. She explained how “we believe in the quality of life. We are all linked together by compassion and making a difference in this fragile world. With your support we can extend hope to the most vulnerable among us. We listen with our hearts and pray for pea ace. This is a world we can touch. We can share and hold on to life’s most precious gifts, love one another, respect, share our dreams and hopes with one another. The most precious gift in life is to touch someone else’s. We must bring awareness.” She then thanked everyone for sharing the warmth of their soul and becoming a guardian.
R. J. Lewis volunteered his time and preformed magic, mesmerizing everyone by singing “The Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera” in his mask and black cape. He swept guests off their feet. He was able to fool minds through a trip to fantasy.
Robert Crescenzo was our keynote speaker. He explained the importance of the caregivers, family friends and loved ones. Bob Crescenzo volunteers his time at The Brain Tumor Support Group with Donna Lankford and Billy