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New York, NY - As Maureen Santora prepares for her two radio appearances this September, the nation is preparing to observe Patriot Day, a name designated for September 11th. Then President Obama proclaimed it as “a time for Americans to honor all those who lost their lives to the heartbreaking attacks of September 11th and made the ultimate sacrifice to our country.”
Maureen’s only son Christopher was one of those special Americans. He had always wanted to be a hero as a child and had his chance to do that on 9-11. But sadly, he perished, and it changed Maureen’s life forever.
Christopher had also wanted to be a firefighter, as close as he could get to the comic heroes he’d loved as a child. Chrisopher eventually became one and also achieved goals in his mother’s field, teaching.
To honor his legacy Maureen took the government issued funds, as well as a chunk of her own retirement money, and launched a scholarship fund in his name. The happiest people, she believes, are givers.
“He was such a scholar and loved life. He was an athlete and so gracious. I wanted to honor him and to perpetuate his work.”
Now, 20 years later, The Christopher Santora Memorial scholarship has given out $ 700,000+ and helped foster the dreams of numerous students.
Marueen herself was a teacher from 1967 until a recent retirement. She wishes debate teams and cursive writing were part of the school experience the way they were in her best years of teaching.
For more information about the Christopher Santoro Educational Scholarship Fund, check out this video interview Maureen and her husband Al had with our host Jim Masters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE4jmeaYusA