Bailey O’Neill Loving Son and Loving Grandson Bailey O’Neill was called to God March 3rd 2013, one day after his 12th birthday at Children’s hospital after a two month illness surrounded by his family.
Bailey loved being with his family, he enjoyed playing and watching sports with his Dad. Bailey also loved spending time at the beach and on other family outings. Bailey touched so many lives and was loved by many friends and family. He enjoyed riding his skate board, scooter, playing video games, baseball with Briarcliffe A.A. and football with his friends.
Bailey was an honor Roll Student at Darby Township Elementary. Survivors: his father Robert O’Neill and mother Jina Risoldi (Richard); brother Joshua Risoldi; sister Allyson Risoldi; Grandfather John Shillingsburg (Donna); Grandmother Carol Pascucci; Grandmother Joy Fecain (Mike); also survived by several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Services: Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Saturday, after 8:30 a.m., at the Cavanagh Family Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, followed by his Funeral Mass, at 11:00 a.m., St. Joseph Church Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale. Int.: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery. Friends may call at Cavanagh’s on Friday evening, from 6:00p.m.
till 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers: memorial donations in Bailey’s name to the A. I. Dupont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803 or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa 19104, would be appreciated Condolences:www.cavanaghfuneralhome.com
Subject: Celebrate Read Across America
NFL Moms and Mark the Magician Motivate Wise Owls to Read!!!
The 186th Street Elementary School students, staff, and parents enjoyed a Reading Pajama Party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday, March 1, 2013 with a reading celebration and a magic show. All of the students and parents beamed with excitement when a group of special guests from the Western Region of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA) stopped by to promote literacy. Gayle Jackson, the Western Region Coordinator and mother of Philadelphia Eagles star DeSean Jackson, brought some of the gridiron moms who live in the Southern California Area to 186th Street School to interact with the children and their families. National Football League (NFL) moms joining in the celebration were LaTonya Scandrick (Orlando Scandrick, Dallas Cowboys), and Kimberly Mallory (Stefan Johnson, Free Agent and USC Great).
Students were able to enjoy a choice of stories read by teachers, staff members, and NFL moms in different rooms with themes to promote a college going culture at the beginning of the event. The students heard fairytales in the USC Trojans’ Arena, animal stories in the UCLA Bruins’ Den, stories of peace to share an appreciation for diversity in the LMU Lions’ Lair, story time with Dr. Seuss in the 186th Street Arts Academy with the NFL moms, and pantomimes from stories beyond words by Dianne Bye, our Theatre Arts teacher. Students were treated to t-shirts, ice cream scoopers, hand sanitizers, measuring cups, and pictures from the sons of the NFL mothers. After the students finished listening to the stories, they received a free book to increase their pleasure reading libraries at home and support the academic play of reading 15-20 minutes every evening called by Principal Reed. The play is called Operation R.E.E.D. (Read Every Evening Diligently).
The highlight of the evening was having the children bring their sleeping bags into the auditorium, sit on the floor with their friends, and culminate the Reading Pajama Party with a fantastic Magic Show by Mark the Magician from “Magic with Aloha.” Mr. Kiyabu’s show kept the children and parents on the edge of their seats, laughing, clapping, and trying to figure out the magician’s magic. The sight of students and parents enjoying an evening of quality entertainment and family time made the event a great success of Reading Across America.
Yes, like Mr. Brown in one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, our NFL moms, Mark the Magician, and teachers can moo to motivate children to read, can you?
186th Street Elementary School
2012 California Distinguished School
1581 W. 186th Street
Gardena, CA 90248
Posted on Oct 27, 2012 @ 10:30AM
[Re-posted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation on 3/05/2013, 5:38 P.M.]
[Revised: 3/05/2013, 9:39 P.M.]
By Radar Staff
A 15-year-old high school student named Felicia Garcia commited suicide Wednesday afternoon by jumping in front of a train in her native Staten Island as almost 200 fellow students looked on in horror.
Felicia, who attended Tottenville High School, was repeatedly bullied after she’d had sex with four of the school’s varsity football players at a party at one of the player’s homes Saturday night, police told the NY Daily News, adding the sex was consensual.
Two of the jocks, both 17, bragged about the encounter, and word spread rapidly; on Monday, in response to the torment, she tweeted: “I cant, im done, I give up.”
A friend of Felicia’s told the paper, “Kids are saying she had sex with some guys from the football team at a party after the game. Later on, they wouldn’t leave her alone about it. They just kept bullying her and bullying her.”
The school launched a peer mediation session between one of the football players and a counselor, insiders told the paper, adding that Felicia and the other football player had a run-in on the way out.
At that point, Felicia went to Staten Island’s Huguenot station, where she jumped in front of a train in front of a horde of horrified peers.
Sara Brager, 16, witnessed the troubled teen’s chilling end as Felicia fell backward off a platform and into the moving locomotive.
“Just before she fell, she said, ‘Finally, it’s here,’” Brager told the paper. “It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen.”
We must Stand Up Against Bullying and make an assertive, collaborative effort to eradicate bullying in our schools, communities; and, the social media that gives bullies a public forum to attack our integrity, character; and our children. We must remember Felicia Garcia and the torment she experienced; and, her dreams of a promising, happy future that died with her that day. – Desean Jackson, CEO, The DeSean Jackson Foundation
Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am reading the media coverage of the recent death of Bailey O’Neill, a 12 year old victim of bullying. It is disheartening to read stories of children bullying other children. I took pride in knowing that my status as a professional athlete gave me a national platform to raise awareness to the impact bullying has on the lives of vulnerable youth. I thought that I was making a difference by advocating, Tweeting and lecturing every now and then about an Anti-Bullying Campaign. However, as I learn about Bailey’s life and how he died, the more I know that I must be more committed to eradicating bullying.
My thoughts and prayers are with the O’Neill family, friends and loved ones. May God grant them the strength and courage to get through these most difficult times. My prayers are also with the youth and their families who have been accused of bullying Bailey to the point that it resulted in his death. May God have mercy on their souls. – DeSean Jackson
[Re-Posted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 2/26/2015, at the request of Bailey’s father.]
Please view the attached media clip:
HUFF POST CRIME
Bailey O’Neill Dead: 12-Year-Old Boy Dies In Coma After Attack
Posted: 03/04/2013 2:32 pm EST | Updated: 03/04/2013 5:04 pm EST
[Reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 03/04/13 9:00 CST]
Bailey O’Neill, a 12 year old boy who police say was attacked and beaten at his school in January died in the hospital on Sunday.
Flags at Darby Township School in Glenolden, Pa., were at half-mast on Monday in memory of Bailey O’Neill, who died on Sunday, NBC Philadelphia reports. The boy had been in a “medically-induced coma after suffering several seizures,” according to the station.
O’Neill, who turned 12 the day before he died, suffered a concussion and a broken nose in the incident.
On Sunday, this message was posted to the Building Hope For Bailey Facebook page:
I would like to thank everyone who has prayed and supported Bailey and his family!! Bailey has been the strongest toughest boy I know. He has fought this battle long and hard. There just wasn’t a way to fix this. I wish I could say he will get better but I can’t. Bailey has gone to be with god today
A separate post asks people to donate to O’Neill’s parents “in their time of need.”
The Delco Times reports that it’s “unclear” what happened before and after the fight. While the family is convinced O’Neill was bullied, school authorities and police have “stopped short” of using the term.
The Associated Press reports that Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan is investigating the incident to determine if O’Neill’s alleged attackers will be charged. Police said the injuries happened during a “one-on-one altercation, which was caught on tape.”
MESSAGE FROM ROBERT O’NEILL (BAILEY’S FATHER)
Dear DeSean and Mrs. Jackson:
Thanks for your support. I am updating you on our progress. Our official name is – Battle for Bailey Anti bullying Organization and we are located in Essington, PA (minutes from Philly).our website is www.battleforbailey.org and we are also on Facebook as Battle for Bailey. I would like to spread the word that I do travel to schools across the country to speak to schools and parents about bullying and the effects it has on the kids these days. I also tell Bailey’s story to help them learn that bullying can lead to death; and. how they can learn how to stand up and speak up. If you can help me with putting us out there where people can see what I’m doing I would really appreciate it. ..Thank you so much for all your help. – Robert O’Neill (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 610-203-8603).
The DeSean Jackson Foundation extends its sincere and deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fans of Bonnie Franklin who died from Pancreatic Cancer last week shortly after being diagnosed with the disease in September 2012. Our hearts are heavy as we again learn that this dreadful disease has taken another life; there is no cure; and, funding for research is at risk of being decreased.
Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time,” has died.
She died Friday at her home due to complications from pancreatic cancer, family members said in a statement. She was 69. Her family had announced she was diagnosed with cancer in September.
Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before “One Day At a Time” made her a star.
Developed by Norman Lear and co-created by Whitney Blake — herself a former sitcom star and single mother raising future actress Meredith Baxter — the series was groundbreaking for its focus on a young divorced mother seeking independence from a suffocating marriage.
It premiered on CBS in December 1975, just five years after the network had balked at having Mary Tyler Moore play a divorcee on her own comedy series, insisting that newly single Mary Richards be portrayed as having ended her engagement instead.
On her own in Indianapolis, Ann Romano was raising two teenage girls (played by Mackenzie Phillips, already famous for the film “American Graffiti,” and a previously unknown Valerie Bertinelli). “One Day At a Time” ran on CBS until 1984, by which time both daughters had grown and married, while Romano had remarried and become a grandmother. During the first seven of its nine seasons on the air, the show was a Top 20 hit.
Like other Lear productions such as “All in the Family” and “Good Times,” “One Day at a Time” dealt with contemporary issues once absent from TV comedies such as premarital sex, birth control, suicide and sexual harassment — issues that had previously been overlooked by TV comedies whose households were usually headed by a husband and wife or, rarely, a widowed parent.
Meanwhile, the series weathered its own crises as Phillips was twice written out of the series to deal with her drug abuse and other personal problems.
Writing in her 2009 memoir “High On Arrival,” Phillips remembered Franklin as hardworking and professional, even a perfectionist.
“Bonnie felt a responsibility to the character and always gave a million notes on the scripts,” Phillips wrote. “Above all, she didn’t want it to be sitcom fluff — she wanted it to deal honestly with the struggles and truths of raising two teenagers as a single mother.”
In her 2008 memoir “Losing It,” Bertinelli noted that Franklin, just 31 when the show began, wasn’t old enough to be her real mother.
Even so, wrote Bertinelli, “within a few days I recognized her immense talent and felt privileged to work with her. … She was like a hip, younger complement to my real mom.”
The truth of “One Day at a Time” was brought home to Franklin when in 2005 she got together with both TV daughters for a “One Day at a Time” reunion special. She told both actresses, “You are living, in a sense, Ann Romano’s life — you are single parents raising teenage kids. That is shocking and terrifying to me.”
Franklin herself was married for 29 years. Her husband, TV producer Marvin Minoff, died in 2009.
Born Bonnie Gail Franklin in Santa Monica, Calif., she entered show business at an early age. She was a child tap dancer and actress, and a protege of Donald O’Connor, with whom she performed in the 1950s on NBC’s “Colgate Comedy Hour.”
A decade later, she was appearing on such episodic programs as “Mr. Novak,” “Gidget” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
On stage, Franklin was in the original Broadway production of “Applause,” for which she received a 1970 Tony Award nomination, and other plays including “Dames at Sea” and “A Thousand Clowns.”
Franklin’s recent credits include appearances on “The Young and the Restless” and the TV Land comedy “Hot in Cleveland,” which again reunited her with Bertinelli, one of that show’s regulars.
A private memorial will be held on Monday, March 4th, her family said.
On Tuesday, March 5th, iChoose2live and Her Campus Temple present Peace in the City: A Non-Violence and Suicide Awareness Music and Theatre Fest at The Temple University Performing Arts Center at 6:30p!! Come join us to experience POWERFUL ART and be INSPIRED! This event is FREE and open to the public!
There will be a Stage Play, Motivational Speaking, HUGE giveaways, and Performances by Jade Alston, Yazz, and BriaMarie! Lucky winners will walk away with Yumnah Designs, Veteran Freshman concert tickets and Kings Rule Together, iChoose2live, and PYPM apparel! Mayor Nutter will also make a guest appearance and participate in support of this positive community event.
iChoose2live’s mission is to inspire and motivate young adults through art, education, and community outreach. Since the company began we have had the opportunity to serve over 3,500 young adults in the Philadelphia area through our EDUtainment campaigns focusing on sexual and mental health. In alignment with our mission, we have formed a partnership with Her Campus Temple, a branch of a nationally recognized online magazine for college women, to address the tragic losses the Temple University community has suffered due to suicides on their campus in the last few years. In addition, the community has also suffered similar tragedies because of violence and untreated mental health issues. This event is occurring at a time when it’s most needed. Her Campus Temple is sponsoring the event along with nearly 50 other Temple student organizations and community partners.
If you questions or would like more information please contact Shenille Latrice at info@iChoose2live.com or visit or website at http://www.iChoose2live.com.
Note: iChoose2live is a DeSean Jackson Foundation community partner. – DeSean Jackson, CEO, The DeSean Jackson Foundation.