Gianna was diagnosed at 2 years old and fought bravely for two and a half years. Her mother shares her story:
“This foundation was established to honor Gianna Nicole, keep her legacy alive & help other families in need.
OF the families, FOR the families!
Our facts are not from just research or someone else’s story. We were blessed to have an angel touch our hearts, our daughter, Gianna Nicole. On November 1, 2007 our beautiful 4 year old daughter lost her battle to this horrible disease. She is our inspiration, our love, our strength and the reason we started this Foundation. Due to our growing number of supporters, we have also seen an increase in awareness of Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation. Demonstrating dedication and integrity, Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation in a registered Non Profit 501 c (3) and our primary goal is to provide financial assistance in our home community of Staten Island, NY and nationwide when needed directly to other families battling pediatric cancer. Whether paying monthly bills, mortgage, rent, providing money for food and transportation, medical care, prescription costs, etc. Funds raised to support Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation come from individuals, families, businesses, corporations and full communities. The end result is 100% assistance that is channeled directly to children with cancer in the most humane, compassionate and dignified manner possible.
Referring a child for support from Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation is a very important part of helping us carry out our mission. We help medically eligible children by accepting referrals from social workers, medical professionals, and parent/legal guardian. All applications also require correspondence with letterhead from the treating Oncologist. Application/consent forms can be downloaded here: http://www.giannanicolesheartofhope.org/contact.html
All applications, consent and paperwork are kept confidential and may be faxed directly to Jennifer LaBarbera at (347) 695-2458. A member of our Board will contact the family in a timely manner.
There are many organizations and charities that raise money to assist in the battle against pediatric cancer. There are very few, nationwide, that focus on the financial burdens for families battling pediatric cancer. It is our Foundation’s primary goal to help families directly in the battle against this severe disease. Each year Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation hosts our Annual Gala in which more than 500 of our generous supporters come and share Gianna’s love and inspiration. On the evening of our Gala, our friends are treated to great performances, gift baskets, an incredible Super Raffle and much more!
On June 26, 2014 we will have our 4th Annual Gala at El Caribe in Brooklyn, N.Y. This event will feature El Caribe’s signature Full Course Dinner, premium open bar and dessert, hundreds of beautiful gifts in our raffle baskets and an unbeatable Super Raffle featuring a vacation getaway. We also welcome our guests to a special performance from GEORGE LAMOND and BRENDA K. STARR.
Our organization has also participated in many special events since our Gala last June 2013. On December 21, 2013, we were honored to be part of the “Winter Wonderland Honoring Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope and Autism Speaks Holiday Event and Toy Drive” sponsored by Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island, N.Y. This event was featured in the Staten Island Advance Newspaper and on NY1 News. We were also able to brighten this holiday season for children battling cancer in our Staten Island Community by fulfilling a few special gifts on their wish lists. One sweet story also aired on NY 1 News a few days before Christmas.
Our ability to provide such extensive help would not be possible without your continued generosity. To see a tearful thank you or to be hugged by someone who knows that we truly understand what they are going through is priceless. The feeling you get deep in your heart makes you realize that you can make a difference no matter how small or big the gesture. We ask you to help us continue to spread Gianna’s love and hope to all these families in their time of need. We welcome you to take this opportunity to be part of something great.
In addition, each guest receives a beautiful journal book at our Gala. Becoming a sponsor allows you to help our mission of providing hope for every child and their family stricken with this disease. Most corporations and businesses have funds set aside to participate in giving back to the community by sponsoring charity events…Such as the Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Annual Gala.
*** Tickets for Gala ($125.00) can be purchased directly via PayPal here: http://www.giannanicolesheartofhope.org/upcoming-events.html
or mail check to P.O. Box 90215, Staten Island, NY 10309 by 6/10/14.
With Sincerest Regards,
Jennifer & Michael Labarbera
Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope Foundation (718) 644-4431 http://www.giannanicolesheartofhope.org/