The Marisa Tufaro Foundation unveils its strategic plan and first wave of initiatives

The Marisa Tufaro Foundation commemorates what would have been Marisa’s 14th birthday on July 30, 2017 by unveiling its strategic plan and outlining its first wave of initiatives to help children in need throughout the greater Middlesex County area. Our mission statement is broad-based by design. The foundation wants to extend assistance to children and… Continue reading The Marisa Tufaro Foundation unveils its strategic plan and first wave of initiatives

Metuchen High School’s innovative ‘Proving Ground’ challenge will develop students’ teamwork and leadership skills while benefiting The Marisa Tufaro Foundation

Student-athletes returning to Metuchen High School next month for fall sports practice will find their sprawling campus transformed into a massive obstacle course with more than 30 mentally and physically challenging stations designed to promote teamwork and leadership. The Proving Ground Team Building Challenge, modeled after increasingly popular mud run competitions, includes obstacles with intriguing… Continue reading Metuchen High School’s innovative ‘Proving Ground’ challenge will develop students’ teamwork and leadership skills while benefiting The Marisa Tufaro Foundation

Marisa’s impact on Hunterdon Central football coach Casey Ransone and vice versa

Upon leaving St. Joseph to become the head football coach at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Casey Ransone, who Home News Tribune sports writer Greg Tufaro holds in the highest regard and is honored to call a friend, explained to the Falcons and their parents in a private email his reasons for departing. In that… Continue reading Marisa’s impact on Hunterdon Central football coach Casey Ransone and vice versa

A purple blanket with interlocking hearts connects foundations of two transplant recipients

I haven’t looked at the purple blanket since Cyndi and I brought it home from the hospital after Marisa passed away, but I think often about its remarkable significance. Marisa was a patient for 161 of the last 214 days of her life at New York Presbyterian’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, a high-risk center which… Continue reading A purple blanket with interlocking hearts connects foundations of two transplant recipients

The ETEA’s remarkable generosity benefits Marisa’s foundation

On the same day a six-alarm fire gutted James Monroe Elementary School, Marisa emailed her teacher a story she wrote for the school newspaper. Her dispatch, of course, never appeared in print because the James Monroe staff and faculty, obviously, had significantly more pressing concerns than publishing a periodical. Marisa's story was about James Monroe's… Continue reading The ETEA’s remarkable generosity benefits Marisa’s foundation

What Marisa told Henrik Lundqvist on Christmas Day and how her hockey stick ended up inside the St. Joseph ice hockey team’s conference championship cup

Two days after Marisa’s untimely passing, the St. Joseph High School ice hockey team played a nonconference regular-season game and held a moment of silence in her honor before the puck was dropped. The home and visiting teams lined up on their respective blue lines with players from both sides bowing their heads prior to… Continue reading What Marisa told Henrik Lundqvist on Christmas Day and how her hockey stick ended up inside the St. Joseph ice hockey team’s conference championship cup

Herbert Hoover Middle School helps Marisa’s legacy grow on ‘graduation’ day

As Herbert Hoover Middle School Principal Brian McGrath stood at the podium acknowledging an eighth grader who was not in attendance at Tuesday’s promotion ceremony, the faint cries of a baby pierced an eerie silence inside the gymnasium. The celebratory mood that previously filled the crowded room during a roll call of outstanding students, who… Continue reading Herbert Hoover Middle School helps Marisa’s legacy grow on ‘graduation’ day