StepByStep

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 carrying the Torch of Life (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 In 2004, our famous Kristopher Knowles, and thousands of young people from Canada & USA have championed the Torch through thousands of cities & towns in their respective communities. On March 2, 2012, twenty year old Khaled Khatib carried it through 72 cities & towns in Ontario He is presently the official Torch Bearer, preparing to carry it through Canada and the world We believe by having these young champions promote organ & tissue donations They can save lives & bring the world a little bit closer

Arie’s Gala with Step By Step and Khaled 2011-2014

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20 YEAR LEGACY OF THE TORCH OF LIFE from George Marcello on Vimeo.

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Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four (by BBC)

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Please don’t take your organs to Heaven,
God knows we need them here on earth
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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 carrying the Torch of Life (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

In 2004, our famous Kristopher Knowles, and thousands of young people from Canada & USA

have championed the Torch through thousands of cities & towns in their respective communities.

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

He is presently the official Torch Bearer, preparing to carry it through Canada and the world

We believe by having these young champions promote organ & tissue donations

They can save lives & bring the world a little bit closer

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Step By Step 8th Campaign TORCH OF LIFE

Reg Green & Ismail KhatibKhaled Khatib & Yael Gladstone

8th Campaign Torch of Life
TORCH OF LIFE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD
Donor Dads
Oct 29-Nov 7 2011

Two of the world’s most famous organ donor fathers joined forces in Canada on a humanitarian mission to boost our low rates of organ & tissue donation and to launch important proposed Ontario Bill
Both men have traveled around the world for organ donation since their sons were killed but this was the first time they met. Their stories, which captured the world’s imagination, show in the most dramatic way that, besides saving multiple lives, an organ donation can bring people together all over the world.
About Reg Green
One of the men is Reg Green, who lives in Los Angeles and whose seven-year-old son, Nicholas, was shot by masked men in southern Italy in an attempted robbery as the Green family drove along the main highway towards Sicily. Nicholas’ organs and corneas went to seven Italians, four of them teenagers. Since then organ donation rates in Italy have quadrupled, so that thousands of people are alive who would have died. Maggie Green, the mother, when asked by a reporter, what she would tell the killers, replied “When they see what they have done, I hope they will turn away from this kind of life.”
Famed Italian TV host Maurizio Costanza, said “Today we learned a lesson in civility.”

About Ismail Khatib
The other father is Ismail Khatib, a Palestinian, whose 12-year-old son, Ahmed, was shot in 2005 by an Israeli soldier who thought he had a gun. It turned out to be a toy gun. The Khatib family donated the boy’s organs to six Israelis, two (?) of them Jewish. Later Ismael opened the Ahmed Khatib Center for Peace in the Jenin refugee camp to provide children in the camp with an alternative to life on the streets.

On November 11 2011, Ismail left his 20 year old son Khald with George Marcello, and as he departed for home in Palestine, said please look after my son & have him spread the message of organ donations in Canada.

George crowned his newest Torch Bearer

On March 2 2012, Khaled began a four month, 72 city / town Torch Tour in Ontario. The name of this campaign was called Register Now Ontario, and Khaled spoke to thousands of students throughout the Province. He carried the Torch for a young Canadian girl that needed lung transplant and in memory of Mrs Betty Albrecht. Her husband MP Harold Albrect and his family carried out her wish to donate her organs, and lives were saved . On his last day in Toronto on June 19, 2012, he was joined by Helene Campbell and 20 year old Jewish Girl, Yael Gladstone, whose brother Yoni, was killed by a Palestinian Suicide Bomber, in Tel Aviv. Her family donated his kidney to a young Palestinian Girl. All 3 carried the Torch Of Life to the finish line at Queen’s Park. The Province of Ontario had a record year for Organ registration.
On February 5, 2013, Khaled began an 18 day, 500 kilometer walk marathon in the freezing dead part of the winter. He wanted to find a kidney transplant for his Canadian friend Anthony Socci.

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Step By Step 7th Campaign SOSTHEAMERICAS

imagePhoenix ArizonaimageWilmington DelawareimagePittsburg PA March 2010

7th CAMPAIGN
SOS THE AMERICAS
October 23, 2009 – April 14, 2010

October 19 2009 Press Conference

Step By Step organized its 7th Campaign, called SOS THE AMERICAS. George Marcello was following Pope John Paul 2’s wise words in seeking the youth carry on the message. The campaign started in Wasilla Alaska on October 23, 2009. There was high hopes that Governor Sarah Palin was going to kick this off by liting the Torch at Wasilla High School. We wanted to have Republicans, Democrats & Independants join together and set an inspirational tone to Americans. The Torch was carrid through Canada and entered the lower 48 States in Maine. The Torch continued through all the NE States and when it arrived in Washington DC, a premolition happened.

8th Campaign SOSTHEWORLD Million Student Torch Relay around the World 2011 - 2014
During our stop in Washington DC March 24 2010 under Step By Step’s, 7th Campaign SOS THE AMERICAS,
After 35,000 Thousand Miles & almost 10 Years since Pope John Paul II Blessed The Torch of Life,
The Torch arrived home @ Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
and a new vision occured SOS THE WORLD

Pre SOS THE AMERICAS Videos 2009-2010
All Pre SOS THE AMERICAS Videos
Badmus Family
Clairmont Humphrey
Lidia Sorbara
Mattia Lombardo
Robin Rocca
Steven Pho
Student Awards

Our Truck Of Life Angels (Drivers)
Ist Driver Mr Terry Phillips Toronto, ON Canada
2nd Driver Mr Bob Fairbanks, Laconia, NH USA
3rd Driver Lt Charlie Lubowicki, Hamden, CT USA
4th Driver Mr Glenn Schroeder, East Haven CT USA
A couple of Torch Champions
Pittsburgh Student Jamaliah Beverly needs 3 organ transplant
Connecticut
Baby Quinn recieves his heart

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Alaska SOS THE AMERICAS Kickoff
Wasilla AK Day 1 Oct 23 2009
Anchorage AK Day 1 Oct 23 2009
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Vancouver BC to Montreal QC
November 2 - December 21 2009

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Canada to USA Torch Relay
Toronto ON -Buffalo NY Day 98 Jan 30 2010
ca_fl.jpgus_fl.jpgMaine Events
Bangor ME Day 100 Feb 1 2010
Augusta ME Day 101 Feb 2 2010
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Montpelier VT Day 103 Feb 4 2010
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Concord NH Day 104 Feb 5 2010
Manchester NH Day 107 Feb 8 2010
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Cambridge MA Day 109 Feb 9 2010
Boston MA Day 110 Feb 10 2010
Worcester MA Day 111 Feb 11 2010
Springfield MA Day 112 Feb 12 2010
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Providence RI Day 114 Feb 15 2010
Warwick RI Day 116 Feb 17 2010
ri_fl.gifConnecticut Events
Hamden CT Day 118 Feb 19 2010
Hartford CT Day 122 Feb 23 2010
East Haven Day 136 Mar 9 2010
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Rochester NY Day 124 Feb 25 2010
Buffalo NY Day 125 Feb 26 2010
New York NY Day 135 Mar 8 2010
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Pennsylvannia Events
Pittsburgh PA Day 138 Mar 11 2010
Philadelphia PA Day 139 Mar 12 2010

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Wilmington DE Day 141 Mar 15 2010

Dover DE Day 143 Mar 17 2010
de_fl.gifMaryland Events
Baltimore MD Day 145 Mar 19 2010
Annapolis MD Day 148 Mar 22 2010
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Washington DC Day 150 Mar 24 2010
Washington DC Day 171 Apr 14 2010
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Torch of Life inspires America - Feb - Mar 2010
In just 6 short weeks, during SOS THE AMERICAS, the Torch Of Life inspired countless Americans
By recruiting the Media, Public and all levels of Government,
Democrats, Republicans & Independants came together

Picture Sideshow
(Click to see support letter)
S
enator Arlen Specter (D) Pennsylvannia
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank George Marcello and Step By Step
for taking the Torch Of Life on a 12,000 mile journey”
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Rhode Island
“I know you’ve carried the Torch to RI and there’s a long road ahead, but I am certain
your passion and the enthusiasm will spark many others to this vital cause”

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) New Hampshire
“We would like to invite you and Linda
to a coffee reception with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, in her office”
Senator Jack Reed (D) Rhode Island
“Step By Step is also noteworty for its encouragement of student particapation
in the efforts to promote organ & tissue donations”
Senator Joseph I Lieberman (I) Connecticut
“Today’s Torch Trek participants represent Connecticutt and empowers
their local community and beyond”
Senator Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont
“ I was delighted to hear that students from my hometown of Montpelier were assisting Step By Step”
Senator Kirsten E Gillibrand (D) New York
“For over 12 years Step By Step has brought comfort to families in need of organ & tissue donations
” US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)

Senator Christopher J Dodd (D) Connecticut
“Please accept my heartiest good wishes for continued success,
never doubt, you have made a difference”
Senator Susan Collins ® Maine
“Today we recognize the great work being done by Step By Step and Student Torch Champions”
Senator Mark Begich (D) Alaska
“I wish I could be there in person to cheer on the devoted young people”
Governor M Jodi Rell (D) Connecticut
“Whereas, I M. Jodi Rell proclaim Step By Step awareness week in Connecticutt”
Governor Edward G Rendell (D) Pennsylvannia
“As the Torch passed across Pennsylvannia, countless people became aware
of organ & tissue donations”
Governor Sean Parnell ® Alaska
“God speed as you carry the Torch of Life and the critical message”
Governor John Lynch (D) New Hampshire
“Thank you again for your service to those in need across our country”
Governor John E. Baldacci (D) Maine
“You are making valuable contributions to the health & welfare
of our communities across Maine”
Cambridge MA Proclamation for SOS THE AMERICAS
“Be it resovled we pass the resolution for George Marcello & Step By Step”
“I was particularly moved by Pope John Paul 2 and Step By Step”
US Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD)
Congressman James P McGovern(D) Massachusetts
“Thank you for all your dedication and coming to my hometown”
US Rep James McGovern (MA)
Congressman Peter Welch (D) Vermont
“I want to celebrate your tireless efforts, your journey is inspiring”
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) Maine
“I read with much interest how the Torch started with Victor Davis,
and then Kristopher” US Rep Chellie Pingree (ME)
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D) New Hampshire
“Congradulations to Mr George Marcello for starting Step By Step
and inspiring people around the world”


State Senator Bettye Davis (D) Alaska
Mayor Dan Sullivan Anchorage Alaska
Mayor Vern E. Rupright ® Wasilla, Alaska
Senator Olympia Snowe ® Maine
Congressman Mike Michaud (D) Maine
Governor Jim Douglas ® Vermont
Mayor Ted Gatsas Manchester NH
Mayor Joseph C O'Brien Worcester MA
Mayor Domenic J Sarno Springfield MA
Congressman James R Langevin (D) Rhode Island
Mayor David N Cicillini (D) Providence Rl
Governor Jack Markell (D) Delaware
Mayor Carleton E Carey Sr (I) Dover DE
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