On October 21, 1987 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I named her Christina Maria. Christina was raised in a loving Italian home. She attended Saint Vincent DePaul School and obtained First Honors throughout her years at St. Vincent’s.
In 2001, Christina went to Holy Family Academy, and continued to maintain a 4.0 throughout her four years at Holy Family. She was the president of the Student Council and graduated in 2005. She participated in many sports throughout her grammar and high school years.
In 2005, Christina attended Pace University in New York City and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She loved helping people and would address their needs before she addressed her own. After graduation from college, Christina was a certified Teacher's Aid and she worked at a school with severely disabled children who were in wheelchairs, couldn't speak, walk, or talk. She loved the children and the teachers loved her too. She was an advocate for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as three of the children from the school were sent to the hospital. She took pride in her work and always went out of her way to assist in whichever way she could. She had an infectious smile that lit the world.
In assisting a child and preventing the child from falling, Christina fell and broke her ankle. She was prescribed opioids and from taking pain medicine, this led to using heroin. From this horrific disease of addiction, on March 8, 2016, Christina’s life, my only child, was taken from an accidental overdose to heroin. She was 28 years old.