ALBANY – This week, the New York State Senate paused to mourn the loss of a 11-year-old Western New York resident who died due to complications from the flu.
Senator George Borrello took to the Senate floor to honor Luca Calanni.
Borrello recognized the Western New York Community for coming together and comforting the Calanni family and honoring Luca’s life.
“The communities around Western New York lit up the skies with orange, which was Luca’s favorite color, buildings, restaurants, people’s homes were lit up with orange lights to celebrate his life,” said Borrello. “Even though their grief is still fresh, they have started a foundation in Luca’s name.”
“Because, not long ago Luca and his father attended the Buffalo Bills game in Pittsburgh, and as they were driving home they stopped at a gas station, and Luca said to his father ‘please buy a lottery ticket and if we win the lottery, I would like to start a foundation to help children who can’t afford to go to events like this, to be able to go and experience the things I’ve experienced in my life,’ this is a very, very wise young man,” said Borrello.
The Senator asked his colleagues in the law-making body to consider researching the foundation and support it to honor the family and make Luca’s dream come true.
Donations can be made to the “Luca S. Calanni Foundation” c/o Summit Wealth Management Inc. 35 East Main St. Fredonia, NY 14063.