Our Mission


As determined by the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation’s Board of Directors, the mission of the Foundation is to “LEND A HAND FOR HOPE”:

  • Assist families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment with expenses related to hospital stays, provide those children with support during treatment and the means to remain connected with school, family and friends.

  • Support ongoing research efforts in pediatric blood cancers.

  • Offer assistance to youth organizations and community sports programs in Michael’s memory.

As of July 2019, the Foundation has:

  • Assisted 393 families, and given over $400,247 in support (including 116 families who received more than once)

  • Contributed $81,342 to Pediatric Cancer Research

  • Donated $59,794 to youth sports/organizations

  • Donated $50,000 to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY

  • Pledged $25,000 to the new Pediatric Patient ICU room at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY


Board of Directors

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Front Row: Laurie Napoleone (Co-Founder), Mark Napoleone, Sr. (Co-Founder/Board Member), Ann Marie Suttell (President)

Back Row: Darrell Bell, Donna Kabel, Jeff Klips (Vice-President), Kathy Kelly, Seana Logsdon, Joni Yaskulski (Treasurer),

JoAnne McInerney; Danielle Rotundo, Diane Hale, Ellen DellaPenna, Jennifer Trifthauser (Secretary)


Golisano Children’s Hospital

This foundation has touched our hearts from the day it was created.  Your foundation has been gracious supporters to our program for many years now.  Through this support, patients and families have equipment that enriches their lives, while in the hospital.

Our child life mission is to help children and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment.  We provide therapeutic play interventions to help educate, support, and work through the fears, anxiety and pain that they so often experience. To do this we need age appropriate play areas and materials.  The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation has provided us over the years with space, furniture, gaming supplies, toys, and comfort items in which to use with children. 

Thank you for the years of support and for the kind hearted foundation that you are.  What amazing people you all are to keep this foundation strong and valuable to the community. 

Wendy Lane, MS, CCLS
Child Life Coordinator
UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital