A Rocky Point student with a seizure disorder spent much of his holiday season raising close to $5,600 to help give back to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Frankie Anzaldi, a sixth-grader at Rocky Point Middle School, suffers from intractable epilepsy, a condition in which seizures fail to come under control with treatment. Due to his condition, he was granted a wish two years ago to visit Walt Disney World near Orlando, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
To give back, Frankie spearheaded a holiday letter-writing campaign last month that yielded 2,699 letters to Santa for Macy’s Make-A-Wish Believe Campaign. Macy’s donated a dollar to Make-A-Wish for every letter dropped off at in-store boxes or sent online through Dec. 24 — with $2 per letter given for National Believe Day on Dec. 11.
“We’re very, very proud of him,” said Frankie’s mother, Michele. “He works extremely hard at everything he does.”
Letters were written by students throughout the Rocky Point School District, as well as by local Girl Scout troops and Frankie’s family, Michele said. To collect additional letters, he worked a booth at his school’s holiday craft fair, where he also sold $200 worth of ornaments.
Frankie was adopted eight years ago from China and diagnosed with intractable epilepsy at 5, having undergone five surgeries as result of his condition, his parents said.