After 31 years of marriage, Nick Silverio's
dear wife, Gloria
, was killed in a car accident caused by a speeding driver.
Despite the tragedy, Nick
wanted to continue her
memory and spirit through charitable works.
knew there was no better way to do this than to focus on the people she
continually helped most in her
life: children and the elderly.
Gloria and Nick
had had two miscarriages and therefore had no children of their own, but they were godparents to 14 children and had nurtured all the nieces and nephews in their family.
and found that the Florida Legislature had passed a Safe Haven Law in July 2000.
This law allows parents to "leave your baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station or with a fire fighter at any fire station in Florida.
felt it was an immeasurable work of goodness to help save little lives, the most innocent and helpless among us.
decided to make this his
new purpose in life.
He created the Gloria M. Silverio Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Florida not-for-profit organization and named the first major project "A Safe Haven for Newborns" in response to the tragedy of newborn abandonment in Florida.
vowed to turn his
own life-altering tragedy into an all-out effort to save the lives of voiceless, innocent, helpless newborns.
own money to start the organization, and he
draws no salary from the non-profit.
just feels this is his
purpose in life, and since the death of his
wife, it's given him a way to honor her
is often reminded of a quote by Mark Twain: "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why."