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Step By Step is a charity established by George Marcello in 1996

In 1997, after receiving a life saving liver transplant, he started walking across Canada

(12,000 km) to thank his anonymous donor

On June 13 2000, he received the famous Torch Of Life by an anonymous donor

On Septemeber 5 2001, he was asked to bring the Torch to Vatican City, where Pope John Paul II blessed it, and called organ & tissue donations a Genuine Act Of Love and wisely encouraged the young people to carry its message

Since then, we have referred to our charity as the Torch of Life

George's walk shattered the world's perception that organ transplants was voodoo medicine and advanced this issue in many ways

In 2004, our famous 13 year old Kristopher Knowles, carried the Torch across 200 cities in Canada. He was in need of a liver transplant and inspired millions of young people from Canada & USA 

From 2007 to 2010, thousands of those students have championed the Torch through thousands of cities & towns in their respective communities.

On March 2, 2012, twenty year old Palestinian Khaled Khatib began& carried it through 72 cities & towns in Ontario

In Toronto, June 19 2012, on his last day of the walk Khaled
passed the Torch to 20 year old Israeli Yael Gladstone
Their stories reached the world and were supported by world leaders. 

In Memory Of Ahmed & Yoni

In Jenin, Palestine, November 2005, Khaled's 12 year old brother Ahmed was shot
 by an IDF Soldier and died, he joined his family in donating his organs to Israeli children.

In Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2002, Yael's 19 year old brother Yoni died by a Palestinian Suicide Bomber and her family donated his kidney to a Palestinian young girl.

Since, 2000, the entire world has witnessed thousands of young people carry the Torch Of Life and represent their community magnificently. We are now preparing to have the Torch passed to the Mothers of the world and promote Motherhood. 


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In Memory of Ahmed & Yoni

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The Torch Of Life is carried by thousands of students from 2004 to 2012, eventually to Khaled Khatib & Yael Gladstone

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Since 1997 until 2014, Step By Step created thousands of events in cities & towns stretching across Canada, USA, Europe & the Middle East

Millions of people got involved, including Media, Government & Celebrities

As well, Step By Step led the charge since 1997 in developing improvements to organ polices & as a result of years of relentless determination, new laws & additions were made.

from Dr. Richard Darling (CEO Fair Foundation) 
I join with many US state Governors, Congresspersons and my 26-member Board of Directors of transplant surgeons in labeling George Marcello as the most astounding individual promoting life-saving organ donation, not only in the USA, but in the world. In 1997, George began walking back and forth across Canada, more than 12,000 miles and 35 million steps, carrying his “Torch of Life.” In 2001, George met in Rome with Pope John Paul 2nd who blessed the torch and said organ-donation was a genuine act of love. The Pope then urged George to pass the torch to children and walk with them in cities to empower them to carry this message to the world. 

from Lori Abittan (CEO Mulitmedia Nova)
His work in the past 14 years have forever left a mark in the history of organ & tissue donations, In 1999, he inspired the Province of Ontario and helped create a 120 million dollar fund for organ & tissue donations and helped improve many laws. Pope John Paul, after blessing the Torch of Life, said let the children carry it. Faithfully George has carried this wish out for the past 10 years, empowering thousands of students throughout Canada & the USA. In 2009/2010 USA Senators, Governors, Transplant surgeons have called George the most remarkable person to advance Organ & Tissue donations in the world. He has the heart of a Terry Fox, and is affectionately called the Italian Terry Fox. He is relentless and does not understand the words Give Up and often risks his life. He cares so much about the underdog, he is often found fighting for them. He works with everyone & believes in bringing all cultural and religions together to confront the major issues of the day and inspire people through love and understanding. He believes if more people became organ & tissue donors, the world would be that much closer.

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 Step By Step's 1st Campaign

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Step By Step's 5th Campaign

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Step By Step's 8th Campaign

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