Our Impact

Message from President, Joe Garassino Foundation

Cancer touches the lives of many in our community and it seems we all know someone who is battling this illness or a family who has been affected. Cancer is the epidemic of our time.

In 2013, I lost my only son, Joe, to an aggressive and rare cancer. The Joe Garassino Foundation was established in my son’s memory to help others fighting cancer in the greater Waterbury, Connecticut area. Due to the donations and generosity of our greater community, we have made a real impact in our community. We have donated $130,000 over the last 8 years to help many local people afflicted with cancer including:


In Loving Memory:

Katherine E. Consalvo
Sheila Cooper
Paul DeCarolis
John Donato
John Duffany
Steven Eazarsky
Jaden Edwards
Kimberly Geremia
Christopher Norcera
Jacob Roger Poulin
Matthew Semple
Kathy Scully

The Joe Garassino Foundation has also supported local organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Harold Leever Cancer Center of Waterbury, CT, the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT, and the TargetCancer Foundation.

The hole in my own heart will never heal, but together we can make a difference in the lives of families in our local community. Thank you for your help, without your generosity, compassion and contribution, none of this would be possible.

Sincerely Yours,
Mike Garassino
President, Joe Garassino Foundation