Maria’s Love Foundation is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY and was founded by Antri Orfanos 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.
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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...
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...
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...
At the time of the accident, Anthony Michaelides had been living in Los Angeles, California, where he became a big part of the community. Anthony had a dream to help people pursue their own dreams. He founded an organization called “The Dream Tree”, which took place in a park in downtown LA. The purpose of this organization was...
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The Season of Giving
The winter holidays are commonly referred to as “The Season of Giving”. But with a new year upon us and the 2022 holiday season in our rear view, there is one organization in New York City that continues to give back to those in need all year round: Maria’s Love Foundation.
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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