On September 25th and November 6th 2022, I will be running both the Berlin and NYC Marathons in honor of my sister Ersilia. All the proceeds will go to the newly formed Orange Rose foundation; a 501(c)3 charity focusing on supporting organizations that assist victims of domestic violence. Orange Rose, Ersilia’s favorite flower, signifies Ersilia’s beauty, strength, passion, excitement, and love for her family and friends. Ersilia was committed to making a difference in people’s lives by volunteering her time to ones in need. We would like to continue Ersilia's Mission.
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Orange Rose Foundation's Mission- To operate for the purpose of working towards the ending of domestic violence, by encouraging awareness of domestic violence, advocating for laws intended to help victims of domestic violence, and supporting programs that are aiding those who have suffered or are suffering from domestic violence.
BIO- Ersilia was known as an angel on earth as she spent much of her time helping people of all walks of life and volunteering her time. Her passing has been a very difficult loss, not only for our family, but also for the entire community. We all loved Ersilia deeply. She was a fabulous mother, who supported her three children Carmine, Amata and Giuseppe. She was a devoted daughter of Elvira and Giuseppe Cataldo; who was always there for her parents. She was 1st generation Italian-American and was the oldest of 9 children. She grew up in and continued to live in Everett for almost her entire life. A loving and generous sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend, always giving of herself and putting others first. Her loss left our family and an entire community mourning the loss of a woman who always made them feel special. She touched a lot of lives all around her. Within Everett she served on the School Committee, Board of Registrar and was also on the Board of Assessors. She was Vice President of The Kiwanis Club and a devoted church member allowing her to share her love throughout the community through numerous charitable ventures and opportunities to volunteer. Ersilia often gave to those who were less fortunate; organizing clothing drives, and assisting with shelter and health care were just two of her efforts. She also organized the Padre Pio and St. Anthony’s Festivals, with proceeds from those festivals going to non-profit organizations. She was employed by both St. Anthony’s Church of Everett and Metropolitan Credit Union.
October is domestic violence awareness month. Our vision is to remove the stigma associated with domestic violence and to one day see a time when all victims feel empowered to seek help and end living in fear.