Lori Riccio: President
Special Education teacher and mom
Amara Riccio: Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Mental Health Counseling/ Expressive Arts Therapy student
We know first hand how to deal with medical and financial hardships. Our life changed in an instant when our dear sweet Amara was struck by a car, sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury and broken bones. She spent months of hospital stays and years of therapy. When Amara came home for her second long hospital stay after her debilitating setbackas a family we would pay it forward and help others as a result of the enormous community support that we received. The idea of Riccio Pick Me Ups was brainstormed in November, 2009; sending homemade crafts/cards to chronically ill children and adults bringing a smile ,one project at a time. Initial crafts were decorated teddy bears(mare bears), bracelets, poems, cards, sun catchers, paintings and miracle magazines.
We have made RPMU an official non- profit in 2011. We then expanded our programs, to having fundraisers to raise money for families facing medical/financial hardships, performing awareness presentations in school, entertaining in children's hospitals and nursing homes and inspiring youth to give back to community. Our organization is 100% family oriented, helping to highlight ability in all people.
Meet the Family(coming soon)