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From friends of the Patti/Fiore family:

A week after starting his freshman year at college, Larchmont teen Ernie Patti had a terrible accident. Ernie had been at the beach with a group of new college friends when a freak wave pushed him headfirst into a sandbar, bursting his C6 vertebra and paralyzing him from the chest down.

Since the accident, Ernie has shown nothing but unwavering determination to regain his mobility. His positive attitude is critically important, as intensive interventions in the months immediately following such an injury can lead to the greatest long-term benefits.

Expenses for the victim of a catastrophic spinal injury can exceed $700,000 in the first year alone, and $120,000 in each year after. Ernie and his parents, Susan Fiore and Ernie Sr., are currently facing the costs of temporary housing, private aides, rehabilitation and therapy not covered by insurance, and transportation, among others. In the future, they’ll need to consider home & vehicle modifications, ongoing aide & rehabilitation costs, and education adaptations.

You can help! Please join Ernie’s supporters locally and across the country as we gather live or virtually to walk, run, bike, or roll 5 km (3.1 miles) to raise critical funds for Ernie. For those of you in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck area, you can join us at a specific spot (TBD) at 10:00 am on May 16th. We’ll have a group that will run the 5k, and a group that will walk. Click here to register:

If you can’t join in, please consider donating to help support this wonderful family in need. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Heather Segal
Heather Segal
April 23, 2021 1:06 PM

Thank you for supporting Ernie and his family in their time of need. With your support, we’ve raised $53k so far, and have 277 participants! Ernie is working incredibly hard to regain his mobility…having the community rooting for him means so much. Please keep the donations coming in!

Kathleen M. Murphy
Kathleen M. Murphy
April 18, 2021 1:33 PM

Go Team Ernie!

Judy Santamaria
Judy Santamaria
April 13, 2021 1:26 PM

Ernie is working so hard to regain his mobility and I know the outpouring of support he’s getting from the community is only going to spur him on further. Go Team Ernie!

Heather Segal
Heather Segal
April 13, 2021 1:04 PM

Thanks, Larchmont! As Team Captain of the virtual 5k to support Ernie, it’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from our wonderful community. Thank you for helping our amazing neighbors in their time of need. Let’s keep those donations coming in!

Victoria Patti
Victoria Patti
April 13, 2021 12:49 PM

Thanks for sharing this feature about my brother! I hope everyone considers signing up for the 5k. With gratitude, Victoria Patti