My dear uncle, Vinny Rutigliano, lost his battle with cancer on Friday evening. He was 64.
Boy, did he have some Happy Feet... Uncle Vinny lit up any room he was in.
He had a tremendous personality,
A heart of gold,
And a smile that was infectious.
He’d show up with some flashing lights pinned to his shirt,
Or an inflatable bounce house,
And be sure to make everyone smile.
Uncle Vinny also had a thing for sharing a picture of his Happy Feet whenever he went somewhere.
He’d post it on Facebook for a laugh,
And it became a thing he did whenever he traveled.
Uncle Vinny also did a ton of great work in his community,
Particularly for the Brian Ahearn Children’s Fund: "Brian Ahearn, the son of Jeff and Kathy Ahearn and brother to Shannon and Megan Ahearn, was simply all boy at full throttle." "In 1998 [at age 14,] Brian passed away after his 10 month battle with brain cancer, yet he left behind a legacy built on miracles. The miracle of family, of friendship, of community, of the stranger, of faith, of memory and of connection. Along with friends from the Warwick community, the Ahearn’s have launched a foundation in Brian’s name to help Hudson Valley [New York] families with sick children.” I know his work with this organization was something that gave my Uncle some seriously Happy Feet.
So here’s my request:
Take a picture of your Happy Feet, wherever you are. I don’t care if you think your feet don’t look or feel particularly happy right now. Doesn’t matter…
Include #HappyFeet4Hope and #Vinny in your post.
And go to https://www.aboutbacf.org/donate/ to make a donation to the Brian Ahearn Children’s Fund, the charity my Uncle poured so much love into. You can learn more about their work at https://aboutbacf.org
I just made my donation. And here are my Happy Feet... I’m willing to bet that everyone reading this has lost family members to cancer.
And we all want to support the families of those affected in their trying times.
My Uncle will have some seriously Happy Feet in Heaven as we support the organization he loved so much.