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The Fiore-Patti Family needs our help.

Ernest Patti, like a lot of kids, was excited to start college. His parents Susan Fiore and Dr. Ernest Patti, Sr., moved him from New York to the University of Miami and Ernie began Freshman orientation and classes. About a week into the school year, Ernie had a terrible accident.

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March 28, 2021

Hi everyone,

We have OFFICIALLY hit the halfway point of our fundraising goal!! This milestone is an incredible achievement, one that mirrors the incredible progress Ernest is making in physical therapy. We want to thank every single one of you for your extremely generous contributions and incredible support – all of your messages and words of encouragement have helped Ernest and his family navigate this new journey. It has been just over seven months since Ernest’s accident, and he has since made significant gains in motion. He keeps working hard at therapy every day and plans on making even more progress in the coming weeks and months.

While we have so far raised an incredible amount of money for his treatment and care, we are only halfway to our goal – please share this page and Ernest’s story with family and friends so that we can reach our total goal. Stay tuned for further (more regular) updates and exciting fundraising events! And if you would like to receive emails about Ernest's progress, please join our Mailchimp listerv by clicking here:


Most sincerely and gratefully,

Team Ernie

December 17, 2020

Dear friends,

Today we crossed over the $80,000 mark for #TeamErnie. We can't thank you enough for being among the early supporters in the first 72 hours.

A special call-out to all the starving college students and recent graduates who have donated during these first three days. Your support of Ernest, Victoria and Alex in the last 4 months is inspirational.

Ernest, we do this all for you....keep pulling!

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December 12, 2022

Stay tenacious and resilient. The love and support are unending.

Rachel Viglietta

September 30, 2022

Supporting you every step of the way . Never give up hope ! You are an inspiration to us all !

Maryann Casaccio

September 29, 2022

Happy 24th birthday, Victoria! Wishing Ernie continued strength #hotdogcartt

Nancy Sherman