"Outstanding young lady that had a lust for life"
Cristina Ciccolini was a mature, bright, spunky and very outspoken child who was passionate about gymnastics and hockey. She was born on October 29, 1975 with a bone marrow deficiency, Cristina passed at the tender age of 10. “She was so outgoing,” her father Sam Ciccolini fondly remembers of his daughter.
Cristina was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia (FA) on December 20, 1980. FA is a rare but serious blood disorder that prevents your bone marrow from making enough new blood cells for your body to work normally. It can also cause your bone marrow, the sponge-like tissue inside your bones, to make abnormal blood cells. This was “earthshattering and devastating” news to her family and friends.
Her father describes how everything changed after Cristina’s diagnosis. “Clinics every month for transfusions and monthly visits at SickKids. Many, many meds (Prednisone (Steroids) and Oxymetholone) with as many side effects.
Cristina’s father Sam, a founding member of Masters Insurance, a company he began with his brother, Frank, in 1966, devotes much of his time to charities such as SickKids, Villa Charities, Vaughan Health Care Foundation, Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Carmelite Sisters and the Church of Saint Margaret Mary.
When asked how he possibly manages it all, he simply states, “I just do it. I don’t have ‘no’ in my vocabulary. I have a passion of doing things with the community. If you can help somebody, it will come back to you threefold, I believe in that whole-heartedly.” Ciccolini also credits another inspirational factor, which is his late daughter, Cristina.
Cristina Ciccolini Bone Marrow Foundation at SickKids was established in 1986 and still exists with financial aids to many doctors that are now researching bone marrow problems.
“Outstanding young lady that had a lust for life and never got a chance to make it a reality… I know she would have been running Masters Insurance Limited now with 6 offices, 132 employees and 53 years of existence” proudly states Sam Ciccolini.