Sunshine Community Report - Events

Amanda Marascio Circle of Hope

Family Honours Beloved Daughter

When the unthinkable happened, the Marascio family turned tragedy into hope, raising thousands of dollars for Sunshine dreamers.

In early 2003 Ralph Marascio was an ordinary man. He worked hard, loved the Toronto Maple Leafs, and had his hands full with a young family.

But then the unthinkable happened. His bright, bubbly thirteen-year-old daughter Amanda was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Ewing’s is an aggressive form of cancer that usually – and heartbreakingly – develops during the teenage years.

The next sixteen months passed for Ralph and his family in a blur of surgery, rehabilitation, chemotherapy, and more rehab. Sadly, despite incredible courage and strength, Amanda lost her battle with cancer in July of 2004.

Ralph and Amanda’s mom Terry were devastated, as were the rest of Amanda’s friends and family. But somehow they had to go on. So, with the help of Terry and his brother Joe, Ralph decided the best way to honour Amanda’s memory was to turn her passing into something dedicated to what she loved most – helping others, especially kids.

Since 2005 the Amanda Marascio Circle of Hope (AMCOH) has held events in Amanda’s name to help other families facing childhood illness. In some years it’s been a dinner-and-dance gala, while more recently it’s been a much-anticipated golf tournament.

Since 2013 Amanda’s friends and family have supported Sunshine with these events, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of Amanda’s Circle of Hope. So far these amazing people have raised more than $85,000 to help Sunshine families make life a little brighter for their own beloved kids.

Thank you Ralph, Joe, Terry and every one of Amanda’s friends and family members – you’ve kept this wonderful young lady’s spirit alive, and helped dozens of Sunshine families along the way.

Now that’s what we call a circle of hope!






Sunshine Community Events

  • (AMCOH) Circle of Hope

Since 2005 the Amanda Marascio Circle of Hope (AMCOH) has held events in Amanda’s name to help other families facing childhood illness. In some years it’s been a dinner-and-dance gala, while more recently it’s been a much-anticipated golf tournament.

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  • Sunshine Float for Dreams

On June 24th, we launched the first Annual Sunshine Float for Dreams – a one-of-a-kind team-based fundraising adventure that saw hundreds of participants float a 5.5km route down the Grand River in Brantford, ON.

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  • Nathan's Garage Sale

More than anything, Nathan wanted to be able to ride a bike. Living with cerebral palsy, this simple act performed by kids all across the country seemed like an unattainable dream.

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