Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00
Oceanside resident Joe Satriano is no stranger to people in the Roslyn area. He worked at Roslyn High School for 25 years as a math teacher.
However, Satriano took an early retirement in order to care for his wife, who was battling breast cancer. Susan Satriano died in 2005. The next year, Satriano started a tax-deductible Foundation in her honor.
“I help graduating seniors going to a college financially through the Foundation,” Satriano told The Roslyn News. “Unfortunately, these kids, the ‘silent sufferers,’ must be sons/daughters of cancer parents, either deceased or presently battling it. In four years of its existence, I’ve given out $37,000. I have funded it through Sue’s life insurance check, donations from friends and family, and local businesses.”
In addition, Satriano has written a book about the 13-year struggle that his wife fought against the cancer. In Sickness And In Health: A Memoir Of Love is being published by Legwork Team Publishing, Hauppauge. All of its proceeds, Satriano added, will go to the Foundation set up in 2006. The book, he said, can be purchased at www.susansatrianofoundation.com in a couple of weeks.
In Sickness And In Health, according to the book jacket, “is a triumph of the human spirit, and an inspiring story of courage, compassion, and love between two people who asked for nothing more in life than to have each other in it…It is not a book about loss but of gain. [It] is not a story of sadness but a story filled with undiminished hope…[one] that confirms ‘it is a wonderful life’ when we stay focused on all that is good.”
Next month, Satriano will be giving talks in support of the book. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m., he will return to Roslyn High School to address the Roslyn Retirees Book Talk.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m., he will be giving a book signing/talk at the renowned Book Revue store in Huntington.
“My goal in life is to see this Foundation grow across Long Island to help kids like these aforementioned “silent sufferers” because they exist all over the Island,” Satriano said.
The Foundation, as noted, has raised up to $40,000 since its inception in 2006. Included below are some quotes from grateful award winners:
“I want to thank you for selecting me along with the other fellow students to receive the Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship. Your Foundation does great things for students who have family members who are fighting against cancer.” Scott Krokoff, Engineering major, University of Delaware.
“Thank you very much for the generous grant you are giving me. Over the last two years things have not been easy and you know that. College is a big deal to me and I want to thank you in helping me achieve my goal. Making this goal a reality is great especially because my mom would have wanted me to. Thank you so very much in helping me and making my dreams that I and my mom set before she passed a reality.” Brianna King, Early Education major, Nassau Community College.
“I am writing to thank you for your generous scholarship. I was very excited and appreciative to learn that I was selected as one of the recipients of the Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship. I am truly honored. Your generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of going to college and becoming an elementary school teacher. By awarding me the Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day to be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.” Kimberly Gales, Elementary Education major, Molloy College.
“Thank you for the generous award. It will be a big help in paying for my education in the fall. Please stay in contact with us as my family is eagerly waiting for the release of your book.” Kathleen Ottinger, Political Science and Illustration major, Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design.
“These kids have been through the mill, yet they can carry out their dreams and hopes in a small part due to the Foundation,” Satriano proudly said.