Foundation Mission / Purposes

Paternostro Family Foundation
PO Box 1862
Williamsport, PA  17703 

Please take a moment to watch a short video about our Foundation.

Founded in loving memory of our sister and daughter, Kathleen Paternostro Morgan, whom we lost to cancer in 2012; our mission expanded in 2015 to honor the life and legacy of our father and husband, Thomas A. Paternostro, who unexpectedly passed away from cancer in September 2014.  He was diagnosed only three days before he went to Heaven.

We could never have anticipated the devastating impact these losses have had in our lives.  We have been changed forever. But, we know that the strength of our love will never die, as our spirits are forever intertwined.

Sadly, we understand that we will all suffer great loss in life. The best we can do when tragedy strikes is to stand up, dust ourselves off, and to keep walking forward. The purpose of our Foundation is to carry the life, legacy, and wisdom of our father and sister forward to help others who battle this devastating disease and to honor young people in our community who are making a difference in our world.

It is in our Dad & Kass’s memory that we will never stop walking. From the darkness comes the light. The light of their lives will continue to shine so long as we continue to harness the hope that still exists and to live our lives with great passion and the determination to never quit. Just like our Dad and Kass would have wanted it to be.

We appreciate your support!


The mission of The Paternostro Family Foundation is to provide support to those facing a cancer diagnosis, to provide scholarships to deserving high school student/athletes, and to keep the memory and spirit of Kathleen and Thomas alive for their children, friends, and family.


The purpose for which this Foundation has been organized shall be exclusively charitable and primarily for the accomplishment of the above stated mission, and:

  1. To provide assistance, including financial, to persons facing a cancer diagnosis, or to funds which support their fights.
  2. To provide annual scholarships to deserving high school students/athletes who demonstrate Kathleen and Thomas’s esteemed qualities and work ethic, including dedication to academics, sports, and the community in which they live.
  3. To take such actions so to keep Kathleen and Thomas’s memory, spirit and personal honor alive.
  4. To do all things incidental, necessary, or convenient to accomplish the aforesaid purposes and, except as otherwise herein expressly provided, to have and exercise all other powers, rights, privileges and authority, now or hereinafter conferred upon Non-Profit corporations by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania together with the power to solicit gifts and contributions from the general public.

5 thoughts on “Foundation Mission / Purposes”

  1. I just made an online contribution…..I worked with Tom on volunteer activities for many years and he was one of the most inspiring people I encountered……we are so happy that you are continuing his good works through this Foundation!!! Annmarie Phillips

  2. Tina and Molly asked that donations be made rather than wedding gifts. The $100 donation that we just submitted is from mike and I and my daughters Michele and Emily and their families. What a wonderful thoughtful ‘gift’ from Tina and Molly on their wedding day.

  3. Just saw the video for the first time. It brought tears. I admire your determination to not quit…although I’m sure some days it isn’t easy. Your encouragement to keep on keeping on helped me today. This moment. Sometimes I feel like quitting too…my world is sprinkled with things “I didn’t want”…with hard stuff I’m sometimes at a loss to handle…the world can be simply icky. But, as you say…we must keep moving forward…loving, inspiring, giving, encouraging. Thanks for your realness and your bravery and stamina. Hugs 🙂

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