On behalf of myself, my mother Catherine , Rossella Rago, Eric Eremita and The Benso Family, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! To everyone who shopped with us in person (socially distant) online or donated directly to Lino through GoFundMe, together, WE are making a positive difference in Linos life!
Seeing the smile on this beautiful boys face reassures me that I made the right decision NOT to cancel our 5th annual Armcandy for A Cause Holiday Shopping Soirée and Fundraiser AND makes every ounce of stress planning an event during COVID all worth it❤️
The monies we raised will be used to get baby Lino the proper feeding therapies he needs at the moment.
I knew this before meeting Lino, but even more so now, that God puts certain people into our lives for a reason. Although we never met in person prior to the event, Lino’s story touched our hearts.These are scary times we’re living in right now. So much is unknown but for me, one thing that remains constant is my gratitude for every person and every opportunity I have been blessed with. ArmcandyForACause started out simply as a collection of bracelets designed to give back and it’s crazy to say that this is now the 5th year my mom and I are hosting this event.
Our mission is to bring Hope to those who have the Courage to fight every day. Because TOGETHER, with a little Compassion, we can make them feel Loved in a way they never knew possible. But more so, to bring you, our friends and our clients face to face with the person we are helping TOGETHER. This year I am proud and honored to know that together we are helping to make a positive impact not only in Lino’s life but his family as well. At the end of the day when you shop with us, not only are you supporting our passion for what we do but together, we are helping someone in need.
A special thank you to Eric Eremita and Rossella Rago for joining forces and to Tile &Stone Design Center for opening their doors for us every year! Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated and our entire team who made this event possible ❤️
ABOUT OUR CAUSE
Catherine and Oriana Lamarca are a mother-daughter entrepreneurial dynamic duo. The pair launched their Holiday Shopping Soirée and Fundraiser as a means to allow their customers to have access to touch and feel their products first hand all while helping to support the local community that had supported them. “There are so many fundraisers during the holiday season and as much as I love to give back, I always felt that the donations may end up in a black hole. My mission is to bring my customers face to face with the organization or family that they are helping” ~ Oriana
"HOPE FOR LINO"
Despite a healthy pregnancy, Lino suffered from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) during the birth process in which he had no heartbeat for his first 8-10 minutes of life. During that time his brain received little to no oxygen or blood causing a multitude of lesions and other complications. As a result, parts of his brain had died causing serious brain injury, most of which is related to his fine motor skills. Namely, his mouth & tongue, making it difficult to eat and his fingers & wrists, making it difficult to open a flat hand or grab items. His gross motor skills affected include his arms & legs making it difficult to bend or extend and his trunk & neck making it difficult to hold his head or body upright. But his fine and gross motor skills are just the tip of the iceberg. Other parts of his brain were affected as well and he has had numerous diagnoses in just 20 months, ones that would leave him with a battle to fight every day for the rest of his life. Monies raised will go towards feeding therapy and other therapy Lino will need in the coming months.
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