Around the time Gianna earned her wings in February 2021,
heartwarming messages of love and support began to flood social media platforms.
Gianna's family was blown away by the sheer amount of beautiful stories and anecdotes
written by friends, family, classmates, and teachers.
One such teacher described the effect Gianna had on him, his teaching career, and fellow students in their school.
He dubbed it #TheGiannaEffect.
That teacher, Michael De Vito, was subsequently asked to speak about G and her effect on himself and others in their school community at her touching Celebration of Life services.
The idea and power behind this statement has grown through a grassroots hashtag campaign,
and the family's now common usage of the phrase in their own day-to-day life.
To us, #TheGiannaEffect represents:
- being the light in your community.
- supporting friends, family, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, and teachers.
- inspiring others to do the same.
April is Gianna's birth month, and so her family would love for everyone to celebrate her long-lasting and loving legacy by multiplying their charitable and caring efforts in their own day-to-day lives from 4/1 - 4/30.
The social media post by Kristin Wilson Strehle below sums it up perfectly (Big thank you to Kristin and "the village"!).
Follow Kristin's lead with her 13 examples,
or perform your own acts of service with a smile on your face and Gianna in your heart. 💛
#livelikegianna #fightlikegianna #thegiannaeffect
Thank you to Father Doyle at Good Shepherd Church in Brooklyn, NY for announcing The Gianna Effect movement.
So many schools participated in our movement, and this video from a school in Staten Island epitomizes why it is so important.
Marine Park JHS in Brooklyn, NY highlighting #TheGiannaEffect!
PS 222 in Brooklyn, NY highlighting #TheGiannaEffect!
Good Shepherd Academy in Brooklyn, NY highlighting #TheGiannaEffect!
PS 207 in Brooklyn, NY highlighting #TheGiannaEffect!
The BBYO Bandits baseball team showing The Gianna Effect love!
Saturday, February 19th marked one year since our beloved GG was fitted with angel wings.
We would like to send a huge thank you to our family, friends, and community members who have performed so many beautiful tributes in Gianna's name this year.
It has meant so much to her family.
Please continue to do so, and send us your memories, memorials and love whenever you see fit.
We will continue to post tributes here, and upcoming charitable endeavors on The Gianna Effect Foundation website.