Broad Channel Shows Support for Rocco


 Years ago, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said, "I have never known a community like Broad Channel, where they are always looking for any reason to be together."

On Sunday, May 17, Broad  Channel came together to offer love, best wishes and support for their own Rocco Pisani and his family.

Ten-year-old Rocco was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and since he couldn't leave the hospital, one hundred or so cars and hundreds of neighbors, family and friends brought his Broad Channel home to him.

They lined up behind 17th Road Park in a long, long homemade parade. Each car then rolled up East 16th Road, honking horns, waving, showing handmade signs and decorations and all being streamed live via Facebook to Rocco in his hospital room.

Even the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department came out in force with sirens wailing.

As his mom, Jamie Buttner Pisani posted to Facebook after the parade, "Rocco couldn’t believe his eyes as he watched cars and cars full of his family, friends, classmates, teammates, teachers, and coaches drive by in the parade for him today!!"

She also thanked “DJ Teddy Rauert, Martin Feeney, Jess Gee and everyone else who put this together and participated."

"We are beyond touched by all the love and support we’ve received over the past few days," she wrote, speaking for herself, Dad Rob Pisani and Rocco’s sister, Charlie, who just turned 7.

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By Dan Guarino