Family keeps son’s memory alive by giving back.

June 19, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

I am always amazed and inspired by people who have lost so much – yet work so hard to make that loss have meaning. Parents who have lost a child, yet continue to give back, make a difference, and create a lasting legacy for their son or daughter.

It is selfless and kind.

Mark Monaco died tragically in a car crash in 1998. He was just 24 years old.

Mark at his graduation from Maryvale High School

To keep his memory alive, his family started the Mark A. Monaco Foundation to help others.

During the past eleven years, the foundation has helped support a Parent Lounge at the current hospital as well as a Neuro Surgery Operating Room.

It’s quite a legacy.

This Saturday, (June 24th) the 19th Annual Mark A. Monaco golf tournament will take place at the Niagara County Golf Course. The foundation will be completing its five year, $75,000 commitment to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Yes. Quite a legacy.

Mark and his twin sister, Marcy were born at Children’s Hospital and it is fitting that now the room that will bear his name at the John R. Oishei Hospital will be for twins and multiple births.

The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is scheduled to be opened November 2017.

For more information on how the golf tournament or how you can donate to this foundation check out their Facebook Page. 


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.





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    Mark also has several study rooms named after him at St. Lawrence University.

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