The Andrea Rizzo Foundation holds a special place in my family's heart. The foundation was established in memory of Andréa Rizzo, one of my cousin's dear friends, who I had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions.
This beautiful young woman, who beat childhood cancer and became a dancer and Special Education teacher, had her life tragically cut short by a drunk driver at the age of 24.
Andréa in New York City
Dréa’s dream was to share her love of dance with, and positively impact the lives of fragile children. She was attending graduate school at NYU and pursuing her goal of becoming a dance therapist when her life was cut short after attending a dance performance in 2002.
Thanks to her vision, and the determination and hard work of her family and friends, Dréa’s dream is being fulfilled and the lives of children are being touched every day.
The best thing for you to do is to visit DreasDream.org to learn more about Dréa and the great work her foundation is doing.
DreasDream.org - The Official Website
Another way you can be a part of making Dréa’s dream come true is by volunteering and participating in some of the foundation's programs and events.
The Andrea Rizzo Foundation sponsors many programs across the nation that make a difference in children's lives, such as Pediatric Medical Centers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
Click here to learn more about these programs.
The next event coming up is the 9th Annual Walk for the Children, which will be held in Newport along its beautiful and historic Cliff Walk. The walk is on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm.
This walk benefits children with cancer and special needs at the Hasbro Children's Hospital and local public schools. It begins and ends on the campus of Salve Regina University, at the Rodgers Recreation Center.
Walk for the Children at Newport Cliff Walk
Other upcoming events:
Like any other charitable foundation, donations are greatly appreciated. There are many programs sponsored, events held and lives touched by your generosity.
Click here to donate to the Andrea Rizzo Foundation, or contact the foundation directly through the form below: