Life as you know it can change in a moment.
March 26, 2003, was a spring day like any other. Cathy and Bob Andreozzi sat in their living room waiting for their daughter Tori and her older brother Rob to come home from school. They enjoyed the warm spring breeze that came in from their open front door, when suddenly, riding on that breeze came Rob’s anguished scream. Cathy and Bob ran outside to find Tori seemingly lifeless on the ground, the victim of a hit-and-run accident caused by a drunk driver.
The next several hours at the hospital were a blur while neurosurgeons, orthopedists, radiologists, intensive care doctors, general surgeons, and plastic surgeons worked tirelessly to help Tori. Finally, days later, the Andreozzis received some concrete news: Tori’s body was stable and her physical injuries would heal, but she sustained a traumatic brain injury that wouldn’t. Life was forever changed. Dreams of dances, graduation, college, a wedding, and grandchildren faded in an instant as hopes for Tori to breathe on her own, make eye contact, and recognize her family came to the forefront.
The lives of Tori and her family were irrevocably changed, but those who love her most searched for a way to let Tori keep doing what was most important to her – helping others. Out of this desire, the Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation was born so that in some way, Tori could continue to make a positive difference in the world.