Laurie Napoleone has a Bachelor of science degree in nursing from Niagara university, master of science in nursing university of Phoenix- worked many years in direct care of patients in hospital setting- 10 years of ER, then school nurse teacher for 9 years in Batavia at elementary school. She took a leave of absence when her son Michael became ill  with cancer.  Laurie returned for a year but it was difficult working with pediatric population after the loss of her son.  For the past 6 years up to present, she has been a health careers instructor for Genesee valley educational.

Laurie has been married 34 years to her husband Mark, has 4 children and 2 granddaughters and a grandson on the way. “My family and faith are my number one priorities.” She and her family started the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation in honor of Michael and to pay forward all the good that was given to her through his illness in 2007. It is a non profit assisting families with the challenges of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. It also supports blood cancer research and assists with funding for youth activities. We have helped over 300 families with $270,000 worth of support, donated $56,000 to research and 44,000 to youth activities. In addition, a $50,000 donation to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester. We are celebrating our 10th year of the Foundation this year. www.michaelshope.org