Children's Wishes - Meet Violet
On Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, David's Foundation had the pleasure of donating $ 2,000.00 to Children’s Wishes in Warwick, RI to help sponsor a young girl’s wish. Four year old Violet and her Mom & Dad will be vacationing at Disney World in Florida. Violet was born with cancer, Infantile Fibrosarcoma. She spent the first nine months of her life in the hospital. Once at home, Violet continued her treatments and fought through a long recovery. But we are most happy to say that she is presently doing well !! Because of your continued support, David’s Foundation is able to help this little girl live her dream of going to Disney World. Thank you all for your kindness and caring.
David Louis Cunha Foundation at the Edward Madden Open Hearts Camp
Some more good news from the David Louis Cunha Foundation !
On Sunday, July 15th, we returned to the Edward Madden Open Hearts Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires. As you may remember, this camp hosts children who have undergone open heart surgeries...many of who have received heart replacements. During the entire Summer, there are children from RI, MA, CT, and ME who attend the camp.
David’s Foundation was most happy to donate $ 2,000.00 to sponsor eight children for a two week stay.
As with our last visit, we found these children to be truly content and excited to be there...and there was no hiding their camaraderie with each other. Though these children have many other friends at home, at this camp they share a common bond among each other...a bond that most others cannot begin to understand the depth of. After a tour of the camp, games and lunch with the kids, discussion with the director & staff AND the children, we left to go back home again feeling most happy that David's Foundation connected with these folks.
Also, as you may also remember, back on January 1st, in commemoration of David’s 24th birthday, David’s Foundation donated $ 1,750.00 to the Open Hearts Camp to purchase a much-needed new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) along with three sets of adult & child pads, and backup batteries. An AED is used to react to and treat sudden cardiac arrest. This AED is crucial to the operation of the camp and the wellbeing of the campers. The AED is stationed in the nurse’s office at all times ...under a plaque which reads “In Loving Memory of David Louis Cunha”.
As always, this is all made possible by your steadfast support of David’s Foundation. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH. And a special “Thank You” to our dear friend and top sponsor Ann Sabbagh, President of Seacoast Mortgage Corporation, for joining us on our trip. We all look forward to our return next year.
Stay tuned for more good news !
A Wish Come True - Give Kids The World
On Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, David's Foundation had the pleasure of donating $ 3,000.00 to A Wish Come True to sponsor a young boy's wish. Davis, his Mom & Dad and brother will be vacationing at Disney World in Florida. They will be staying at Give Kids The World Village, the same place David, Cheryl & I stayed twenty years ago. Davis is four years old, and on November 24th, the day he leaves for Disney, he will be five ! (Coincidentally he shares a birth date with Cheryl). Davis has been battling a form of brain cancer for quite some time now....but you wouldn’t know it from spending any time with him....he is so cheerful and full of life ! He has been quite sick for the last year or so, but presently he is feeling good and his doctors have given him the okay to GO ! Davis’s Mom & Dad were most thankful to David’s Foundation and cannot wait to take their little boy to meet his favorite character, Mickey.
The David Louis Cunha Foundation is very pleased to be able to reach out to this family. And we are able to do so because of YOUR support and caring. Thank you all very much...YOU make it possible for David's Foundation to continue to accomplish its mission....always in the loving memory and honor of David.
I also wanted to give you a quick update on Domenic, the young boy David’s Foundation sponsored last year for a week’s vacation on Block Island. Domenic is doing okay....but will need to return to Boston Children’s this Summer for another open heart procedure. But due to his fighting spirit, Domenic, and his Mom & Dad feel confident that he will be ready to return to school in September. As Cheryl & I have witnessed time and time again, children are very resilient...all they wish to do is get well and get on with their lives...and live !
Thank you all again so very much...and stayed tuned for more great news soon from David’s Foundation.
On February 22nd, 2018, the David Louis Cunha Foundation had the honor of donating $ 500.00 to the Monster Tough 4 Davis Fundraiser held at Saint Timothy’s parish in Warwick. The fundraiser was for Davis McLarnon, a three year old boy who was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. To make matters worse, the tumor was metastatic and cells were found in Davis’s spinal fluid. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Davis and his family. We have been told that he is a very strong and resilient child. Like most children seem to be when faced with a severe illness, Davis is a real fighter! As you can see, the fundraiser was a huge success. Money raised will go towards medical bills and daily living, since Davis’s Mom has not been able to work spending all of her time with him at the hospital as he goes through his treatments.
Thank you all for your wonderful support of David’s Foundation. If you should know of a family or group that you believe David’s Foundation could assist, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
The David Louis Cunha Foundation would like to welcome you to the Foundation's Facebook Page. This page will serve as a means of communication of the wonderful things David's Foundation has accomplished in just one year as well as our plans for the future. All of these have been achieved through your love and support. Without you, David's Foundation would not exist.
As you know, the past year has brought much heartache and pain for those of us who loved Dave; however, through this tragedy, the David Louis Cunha Foundation was born. In just one year, we have raised over $25,000 to help children with life-threatening conditions. This is just the beginning.
The Foundation's activities will be posted during the year and we hope you will join us in carrying on Dave's legacy...in his memory and in his honor.
Please take a moment to go to "Company Overview" under the "About" tab to learn more about David and his Foundation. Thank you again for your caring and support...and may our Lord Bless you for your kindness.
The David Louis Cunha Foundation was established in January 2015 upon the passing of David Louis Cunha. The mission of the David Louis Cunha Foundation is to provide financial support to families with children living with life-threatening medical conditions. The Foundation also awards scholarships to Smithfield High School graduating seniors who excel in community service and embody a generous heart, as did David.
David was the beloved son of Peter and Cheryl Cunha of Smithfield, Rhode Island.
David was born with a single heart ventricle with transposition. At ten days of age, David underwent a pulmonary artery banding. At one and a half years, he underwent his first open heart surgery - a Glen shunt. At four years old, he underwent his second open heart surgery - a Fontan. At five years old, he received a pacemaker. Now, because David was such an active and ALIVE little boy, he went through several pacemaker wire replacements...much to the anxiety of his parents and doctors, but through it all, David was the epitome of courage and strength, and truly an inspiration to all who knew him. Both a beautiful smile and friendly character were his trademarks.
David was a 2012 graduate of Smithfield High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He was a Junior at Rhode Island College, where he majored in Mass Media Communications, making the Dean's List. He served as a Senate Page for six years. He was also employed at the law office of Senator Stephen Archambault.
David was a vibrant young man who was full of life. He was very active in community service and volunteered for many organizations including the Matty Fund, A Wish Come True, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and Providence Back to School Celebration. He was a captain of Save-the-Bay Beach Cleanup and participated in the Smithfield Police Explorer Academy. He was an altar server at Saint Michael's Church in Smithfield, served as an Assistant CCD Teacher, and was a member of the Saint Michael's CYO Basketball Team.
David was loved and will be forever missed by his countless friends and family. David was and continues to be a true inspiration to all who knew him. A warm & giving heart and a strong & admirable character were David's trademarks.
To contribute to David's Foundation, donations can be made to The David Louis Cunha Foundation, 563 Log Road, Smithfield, RI 02917.
S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2015
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
EXPRESSING OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY ON THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF DAVID LOUIS CUNHA
Introduced By: Senators Archambault, Paiva Weed, Ruggerio, Lombardo, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: January 20, 2015
Referred To: Recommended for Immediate Consideration
1 WHEREAS, As parents, we all hope and believe that the life of a young person holds the promise of bright tomorrows and soon to be climbed summits, and so it is with utmost sadness that this Senate learned of the untimely passing of David Louis Cunha, the beloved son of Peter and Cheryl Cunha; and
WHEREAS, David was blessed with the love of his large extended family. He was the dearly loved maternal grandson of the late Louis and Rosalie Mele, and the cherished paternal grandson of William A. Cunha Sr., and his companion, Beverly Chappron, and the late Barbara Cunha. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends; and
WHEREAS, Upon graduation from Smithfield High School, where he had been a member of the National Honor Society, David enrolled at Rhode Island College where he was a junior majoring in Mass Media Communications; and
WHEREAS, An active, caring, and articulate young man, David had volunteered for many charitable causes including the Matty Fund, A Wish Come True, the Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and the Providence Back to School Celebration. In addition, he had served as a page for the Rhode Island State Senate for the past six years for Senator Stephen Archaumbault and previously for former Senator Tassoni, and had been an intern in the Office of the General Treasurer; and
WHEREAS, David possessed a vibrant and courageous spirit. He loved sports, life, and 19 his family and his friends, particularly his best buds, Nick Patrie and Karina Raposa. He had been the captain of the Save-the-Bay Beach Cleanup and was a participant in the Smithfield Police Explorer Academy. He had also been an alter server at St. Michael's Church as well as an Assistant CCD teacher, and member of the church CYO Basketball Team; and
WHEREAS, The most fitting tribute to David Cunha would be a celebration of his life, a life in which each and every day was lived fully and joyfully embraced. He was fortunate to have always enjoyed the total love and support of his family, and in return he enriched the lives of all around him. He will be dearly missed and always remembered; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby expresses our heartfelt condolences to the entire Cunha Family on the passing of David Louis Cunha; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Peter and Cheryl Cunha.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island College is mourning the loss of one of its students, junior David Louis Cunha of Smithfield, who died Monday.
Cunha, 21, was majoring in Mass Media Communications, was active with community service and had worked as a Rhode Island Senate page and on political campaigns, according to an email that Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo shared with the college community.
Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin led a moment of silence in the state Senate on Tuesday on Cunha’s behalf.
“I think most of us have heard by now that one of our young pages, David Cunha, was taken suddenly,” Goodwin said. ” He was an asset here to the chamber, and Madame president, I would like all of us to remember not only David but his family for a moment.
Sen. President Teresa Paiva-Weed asked “all of our pages to join us on the floor here today. And if you have a moment here today before you leave, to thank them because they are very much a part of our Senate family, as was David.”
A 2012 graduate of Smithfield High School, Cunha was also a member of the National Honor Society, according to his online obituary. He worked for the past six years for Rhode Island Senator Stephen R. Archambault and former Senator John Tassoni. He also worked as an intern for former General Treasurer Frank Caprio, according to his obituary, which does not list a cause of death.
The college flag will be lowered this week in Cunha’s memory, Carriuolo said. Details about his funeral arrangements are in the obituary.