THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT OF MADDOX J. LOPRIORE FOUNDATION
Maddox was an exceptional boy who touched the hearts of many people during his lifetime. Tragically, he passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of eight years old. The Butterfly Effect of Maddox J. LoPriore Foundation acts in his memory to provide programs that serve the local community through the inspiration of Maddox’s life. His legacy is one of love for family, friends, school, sports, and neighbors. The question of “What Would Maddox Do?” (WWMD) was foundational in establishing our values and is the driving force of our actions. Since 2019, the Butterfly Effect of Maddox J. LoPriore Foundation has proudly provided nearly $60,000 in assistance to beneficiaries in the communities of Antioch, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, and Round Lake, Illinois. It is our goal to ensure that countless more children and families benefit from these programs, are inspired by Maddox’s life, and continue his legacy of making the world a better place. Our hope is that the growth, success, positive actions, and influence we provide inspires youth to generate a compounding effect on society; this is the Butterfly Effect of Maddox J. LoPriore.
Please take some time to learn more about Maddox and our organization.
Haven't posted recently about the Foundation or any events, sales, etc. Took some time off. The Holidays pretty much suck but we have learned to deal with them. I hide my anger and sadness so as to not ruin others times but this pain will never go away. Watching the boys open their gifts on Christmas day was fun and we laughed but right under the smile, there was pain knowing that Maddox would have loved everyone's gifts but still want more for himself. New Year's was the same thing. We went bowling and we had a bunch of laughs and a great time. Once again, right underneath the laughter was a pain of missing Maddox throw the ball down the lane and get pissed because he didn't know all the pins down.
Realizing that we will never see anything else from him is devastating. No 'new' things, it is a tough and harsh reality every single f'ing day.
The Foundation helped a lot of people this year, we really did. We are making our impact. We wouldn't be able to keep Maddox alive like this and help so many if we didn't have your support. I want 2022 to be bigger and better. I want to do amazing things in Maddox's name. We will, I know it.
I want to thank each and every one of you for what you have done for us. The love and care has been overwhelming. I still get texts from people, out of the blue, saying that they are thinking of us and continue to pray for our family. They have no idea how that makes us feel. It always seems to come when I am thinking about Maddox or just sitting there crying because I heard a song or saw a picture and it crushes me. So for those of you who do that, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
I look forward to 2022, for no other reason but to help as many people as we can through all of our events, apparel sales, etc.
More to come over the next couple of weeks.
Love to all,
Ralph ... See MoreSee Less
Let me know how I can help make it bigger this year! Hugs to you and your family.
He Would Be so Proud Of All Of You And Is Still Smiling Everyday! Thinking of you all! 🥰😇
I absolutely feel your pain,I had Uncle Tony to grieve with me but now I’m on my own 🥲🙏
Sending hugs & puppy kisses to you & your family.
I invoke his name daily, his name is on my car tag, his name is all over my work stuff, and we dedicated a room in our house to butterflies and him💜 we will always love and miss Maddox Joseph LoPriore🦋 Please know we think of the fam all the time. I personally love everything you do for and with the foundation in Maddox’ name❤️🩹 I especially love the saying, “Where’s me?!” RIP angel 😇 boy.
Hugs to all of my kids
I know for sure there will be 5 families who have had and still are having a tough time, for many reasons, that will laugh and smile tomorrow morning. The foundation adopted 5 families again this year and we are hoping we can lift up their hearts and souls and let them know that there are people out there who care. There were 17 children, ages from 5 years old to 14, and 12 adults in total.
I have to thank my wonderful wife Kathleen Frieders LoPriore. She not only shopped for over 110 gifts but wrapped each and everyone herself. (Yes, I asked to help but she said this was her therapy).
During you festivities tonight and tomorrow, take the time to Thank, whoever and whatever you believe in, for what you have and the love you have around you.
Take the time, take a deep breath and look around, see the smiles, love and laughter you are surrounded by.
I say it now and I have said it since Maddox died, I believe we are doing great things for a shitty reason.
Merry Christmas from our family and the Foundation.
Love and hugs to you all,
Ralph ... See MoreSee Less
God bless you all and these families this Christmas!
Incredible. Loss brings many things. But one of those things can help find purpose. Love you guys.
Amazing work as always!
Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 God Bless
Merry Christmas ❤🦋💙
So wonderful!! Thank you for all the Foundation does for others!! 😊❤️
So wonderful. Love this.
You and your wife are doing wonderful things in memory of your son Ralph, Merry Christmas to you and your family
Absolute awesomeness! And Kathleen Frieders LoPriore I woulda loved to help if we lived in the same state! 💜🦋
It's a really hard Christmas Eve without Frankie, I did do dinner with the fish and everything, i am so sorry Ralph and Kathleen.
Damn! I took a gift wrapping class this year so that I could optimize my gift wrapping ability. Nicely don’t Kathleen Frieders LoPriore
Amazing! Merry Christmas!
Love this, what a special way to honor Maddox.
Absolutely amazing,love you guys 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
You are a blessing to so many!! Your family and foundation. Much love!! ❤️❤️
Merry Christmas. 🎄 this is beautiful.
Marry Christmas 🤶🏻 🎅🎄🎁
Merry Christmas to all ❤️🎄💚
Thank you Tiffany Keller for helping me. Made me feel like Maddox was talking to me. And man oh man I need it!!
Hey there, it’s me, here up in Heaven........,
I’ve seen that you are really struggling since the moment that I graduated to Heaven and I wanted to send you a quick note to ease your pain. I know that you are carrying guilt with my passing and I really wanted to talk to you about that today. Through my life that I shared with you, there are many memories that we made, some good, some great, and there were also some difficult moments, but through each and every moment, one thing remained the same and that is our love for one another. The day and the way that I passed was but a blink of an eye compared the love that I left behind for you and our family and friends. I want you to know that there is truly nothing that you could have done to change the day and way that I passed to Heaven. I went to Heaven in My perfect timing and for that reason, you simply couldn’t have changed my graduation to Heaven. I never died that day. My soul was simply so perfectly beautiful that it had reached its soul’s growth that I had intended for myself long before I came to live this life with you, and that day, instead of dying, I simply Graduated to Heaven and on to the next part of my Life’s Eternal Journey. All of the love in the world couldn’t have kept me from Graduating that day. God truly didn’t take me from you, so please don’t be upset with him because he loves us all so much. I know that you love me as well and Please know that I love you even more.
You are so important in my legacy of life and that is why I chose you to share my life with. Please carry with you the love that I left in your heart. Try to Let go of the difficulties that we shared because those simply become lessons of love and growth for us all when we pass to Heaven some day. I promise you that I am not carrying anger, pain, or frustration here with me in Heaven and so please let go of all that you are carrying that isn’t serving your smile in life. I see you feeling guilty because you are still living life and you feel as though you have left me behind. You feel I am missing out on life and all of the things that you and the family are doing and going through. But, I want you to know that there isn’t one small detail of your life that I am missing out on from Heaven. I see your milestones and your stumbles in this life and I support each and every moment that you live. I am standing right at your side wiping the tears that you cry when you miss me so much. I encourage your smile. Those dreams you always wanted to reach in life, know that I am still reaching them with you from Heaven. I know that you don’t have me there in the physical form, but, I want to teach you that you can begin to create a relationship with my soul now. I hear the words that you speak to me. I hear your thoughts that you think to me. I try to answer you with signs from Heaven to let you know I am there with you. I know, you want to know which signs to look for, but if I told you just one sign, then you would only look for that one thing and I am completely limitless when it comes to send you signs that I am around you from Heaven. So, when you see a butterfly, know it is me. If you see a cloud in the sky that takes your thoughts to me, that is mine too. A rock that catches your eye on the ground, a coin, flickering lights, music on the radio, a gentle breeze, the stars at night…… There isn’t just one sign that I send you and if you haven’t yet seen my signs, that is okay. I am sending you signs quite often to let you know I am near you, but sometimes your grief will cloud your ability to see the beauty that I am surrounding you with from Heaven. Please know that is normal because it is hard to see beauty with tears in your eyes and those tears come from pure love and hey, that’s okay and don’t let anyone tell you different. Your tears don’t hold me back in Heaven and they don’t make me sad because I simply can’t be sad in Heaven. But, I am loving you through those tears and encouraging your smile until you find that light in your heart again that shined so brightly when I was there with you in life.
I want you to take a moment in honor of me before I let you go back to your day…… I want you to think of your very favorite memory of me in life. I want you to walk through that memory and feel every ounce of love that it left in your heart. I want you to breathe that love in through your nose and exhale your grief through your mouth as you re-live every second of that memory. I want you to smile through that memory as if I was right there at your side, because I am, right there at your side at this very moment in spirit. Do you feel me? Yes, that is me there…… I am living that moment again with you. Let’s do this together once a day until we mend your broken heart. I never intended to leave you guilt, pain, or anger when I graduated to Heaven, so let’s see if we can replace some of that with my pure love instead.
I love you with all of me. Love is when someone hands you a piece of your soul that you never knew you were missing and you and I each have a piece of each other’s souls that we will carry for always until we meet again someday in Heaven. For now, live your life to its fullest potential. Don’t just chase your dreams, I want to see you catch them! You are living life and that is not an easy thing to do. It’s okay if you aren’t perfect, no one is and I love you just the way you are.
All Of My Love, ... See MoreSee Less
Love you Ralph!! 🦋❤️
May your foundation continue succeed to help your and other people wish you a merry merry Christmas and happy new year your family and all family's.