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Vol. 1, Issue 51 COVERING HAMDEN, NORTH HAVEN, AND WALLINGFORD December 9, 2009
Academy seeks support for Help a Child Initiative
By Colleen Redmond
Hamden — Frank Ciarleglio, the owner of
the Academy of Kempo, is someone who knows first hand how
much reaching out to others can mean.
sitting with the kids, as my daughter is getting her treatments.”
Ciarleglio said that while spending so much of their time at the hospital, the kids he got to know, and their parents, became a big part of the Ciarleglio’s lives.
Ciarleglio bonded with a young man, and spent many days playing games and putting together puzzles before the child lost his battle with cancer.
“There was this boy who was sitting at the table with us everyday, we were doing a puzzle,” he said. “I look at his picture ... he’s laughing, he is smiling, and he is playing.”
Ciarleglio said that while he has witnessed loss, he has also seen children win the battle against cancer.
Established in 1953, the Tommy Fund began with a young boy named Tommy Mozdzierz, who had a love of fire trucks and firemen. Although Tommy lost his life to the illness, his memory has lived on for more than 50 years.
At the time a local fire crew in his hometown of New Britain initially raised $1,000, an unheard of sum for the times. After joining forces with a group of professionals, parents, and Yale New Haven Hospital, the Tommy Fund has become one of the major contributors in the fight against childhood cancers.
“The Tommy Fund, they have a social worker at the hospital that works in the children’s Cancer Center. They do things to help the parents deal with what is going on, not only on a emotional level, but a financial level as well,” said Ciarleglio.
“They provide computers, games, the money raised is going toward research at the Yale School ... there is a lot that the Tommy Fund does.”
For information on the Help a child Initiative visit the Academy of Kempo, 1890 Dixwell Ave, or call at 203-288-9990, or visit the Web site at www.academyofkempo.com.
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