My name is Christine Rinaldy. My only child, Philip Tripodi, tragically died at the age of 35. The loss of a child is more than a parent can bear. You can go to a dark place & let life go by, or you can get up & keep moving. I wanted to stay in that dark place but I knew my son would not want that for me & so I needed to give meaning to my life & to continue Phil's love of helping people.
Phil touched everyone he met with his infectious smile and his fun loving personality. He could be silly with a 7 year old a or a 77 year old. Phil was a loyal friend who was always there when needed. He was a true sports fan. He was crazy about the Yankees, Rangers and Dolphins. But of all the things he did in his life, he was most proud that he was a member of the Elks. He loved helping out at their functions and he especially loved it when he was helping children.
My son lived an extraordinary life and I want to carry on his acts of compassion and kindness.
From the grief group I am in, I understand the financial struggle that single parents have. If their partner has passed from the disease of addiction, things can be more complicated. For the children trying to deal with the loss of a parent, there can also be a stigma of having a parent who passed from this disease so I decided to pour my energy into this very unique group of kids. I asked some special people in Phil's life if they would help me with this idea & no one had to think twice, so together we will work hard to make the lives of these children easier and make Phil as proud of us as we are of him.
Your generosity in helping these children is greatly appreciated!