Help Publish Terry Marafito Memoir

Please Help the Marafito Family to Fund the Publication of

Theresa Marafito Fiorentino’s Memoir:



Always Remember to Color the Sky Blue

Theresa Marafito Fiorentino with Linda Odubayo Thompson

The Marafito family has chosen aquasi Independent Publishing route and production costs are quite high to design a book cover, develop an interior layout, Produce a professional narrated audio format and finally to launch some very specific marketing strategies.

It is estimated that the total cost will be around 29,000.

Who is Theresa Marafito Fiorentino and how did this memoir project get started?


Theresa Marafito Fiorentino, one of the daughters of Irish immigrant parents, was born in 1933 in New York City completely blind in one eye and with only partial vision in the other. She was a precocious child who wanted to appear “normal” to her peers and family, regardless of her disability. Her game from early childhood was to be independent, not dependent and would cringe at the mere thought of asking for help.


At nineteen she graduated magna cum laude with two master’s degrees under her belt. Theresa and her husband Jerry who was born and raised in Verplanck, NewYork, who was also visually impaired, would build a house in Croton-On-Hudson ,NY, on a shoestring budget and had two daughters; one who was also born visually impaired. Despite the laughter and happiness that was ever present in their home and business serving the public down at the Croton Harmon Train Station concession stand for several decades, Theresa’s marriage was strong enough to endure one operation after another in a desperate attempt to keep her from becoming blind completely as well as the horror of watching her infant daughter’s agony of being put under the knife.


In late 1986, Theresa’s perfect world came to a crashing halt when her soul mate Jerry lost his life to cancer. Theresa was so devastated that she poured her heart out on an old manual typewriter trying to capture all of her precious memories. It was after her very tragic death in 2008 that the ream of notes were found and became the starting point of her memoir. This mysterious box would appear and disappear over the course of the next ten years and at the moment it has been lost forever! Luckily before  the project reached this far, Nance, Theresa’s younger daughter saved the day and scanned in the notes to a computer file.

Linda, the older daughter had been a professional copywriter for over ten years, found that it was a pleasure to capture the essence of her mother’s life in this memoir, and help the sighted world to have a better understanding about the everyday existence of a normal suburban family with the added difficulties of several members being visually impaired.  Linda felt that she was up to the task of explaining the level of emotion needed to convey the tension at every turn because now she is almost blind herself and had lost her first husband to cancer as well.

Sample chapters of I Know My Way were passed around these last few months and Bob Bly who was dubbed “America’s Copywriter and Author” by Random House, has published close to 90 books on and offline. Mr. Bly’s comment was, “Very engaging and quite a beautiful story.”

Another 51 year old lady commented that, “I laughed, I cried and was stunned at the raw emotion at every turn.”

Donor Incentives

$15 Donation

You will receive a copy of the sample chapters mentioned above
When the memoir is published, you wil find a promo code sent directly to your inbox allowing you to purchase any format of the book at a discount.

$30 Donation

You will receive the sample chapters mentioned above
Next, when the book is published, you will receive a signed copy of the hard cover format absolutely FREE

The Marafito Family thanks you in advance for your generosity and you are welcomed to come back and view the project updates.


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Linda Odubayo-Thompson 
Ossining, NY
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