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Maria’s Love Foundation is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY and was founded by Antri Papanikolaou in memory of her mother, Maria Papanikolaou. Maria was a sweet and caring wife and mother who had to fight a common battle: CANCER. After five years of numerous surgeries and chemo-therapies, melanoma took her life, but her memories still live with us.

Maria’s Love Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed to helping families who are in need due to serious illness to alleviate some financial burden from medical expenses. Our goal is to reach out to local churches, hospitals and organizations to meet families and determine those who are in need and help to our best ability.
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Our Stories

  • Logan was born premature at 29 weeks, healthy and strong. Unfortunately, at ten days old, Logan needed increased respiratory support and became lethargic. The hospital had suggested a lumbar puncture to rule out meningitis. The next day Logan had stopped moving completely from the neck down. Over the next few days, Logan had received a total of five lumbar punctures and doctors continued to treat him for meningitis. After receiving an MRI, they saw that there was a spinal abscess that was compressing his spinal cord from his cervical spine down to his sacrum, leaving him quadriplegic. He received emergency spinal surgery (spinal decompression laminectomy) at 17 days old. After four months in the NICU and four months in St. Mary’s children’s hospital, Logan finally went home. After extensive research, Logan’s parents found a medical procedure that showed good outcomes for restoring muscle function. Of course, the procedure is expensive. We were happy to help Logan’s family with their enormous medical bills to help Logan receive this procedure. As of two months ago, Logan is beginning to show some resistance in his arms! We wish him all the luck!!

    Logan Pichardo
  • Jake Vassallo is a sweet little boy who at 2 years old was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Jake’s parents, Chris and Claudia, reached out to us due to the limited assistance they receive for all of the services Jake needs. They constantly battle to keep his much needed services, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy. Therapies and treatments cost $40,000...

    Jake Vassallo
  • Carol is a mother of two who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. She lived a normal life for years with few symptoms of the disease. Carol decided to go on a new medication, which only had a 1% risk of possible brain infection. Tragically, she became 1 in 50 people in the United States to develop complications from this medication. Carol developed a brain infection...

    Carol Watson
  • Finn Rocket Mirasol is an 8 year old boy who unfortunately suffered a grand mal seizure at three months old and continues to have seizures about twice a week. Finn was diagnosed with agenesis of the corpus callosum, cleft on the right hemisphere of the brain and cortical dysplasia. He is fed through a gastrostomy tube and has severe developmental delays. Finn attends school with a nurse because...

    Finn Rockett Mirasol
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Latest news

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2nd Annual Gala

We are hosting our 2nd Benefit for Love Gala! Join us to celebrate our success in the past year and honor the families we have helped. Help us raise more to help even more families!

Enjoy a four course dinner plus premium open bar

$125

Formal Attire Required

Purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marias-love-foundations-2nd-benefit-for-love-gala-tickets-33077135603

Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter

Maria, who had been diagnosed with melanoma, didn’t make it long enough to see Antri turn 17.

“She died a month before my birthday,” Antri says.

That was a decade ago, and a lot of things have changed since then.

Antri, who has big brown eyes that have cried big tears and wavy brown hair that swirls to the middle of her back…

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Sponsors

It has been a few months since our successful gala but I wanted to remind everyone who our amazing sponsors were. Support these businesses as much as you can! Platinum Sponsors New York Martial Arts Academy www.nymaa.com Top Notch Cinema Productions  www.topnotchcinema.com Vorea  www.thevoreagroup.com Igloo www.igloo.nyc Gold Sponsors VIP Auto www.VIPautoLI.com Silver Sponsors DollFace www.clubdollface.com Bronze Sponsors Bass Electrical Corp

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