Caroline Monti Saladino has served as President of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation since 2005. Mrs. Saladino’s parents, Tita and Joseph Monti, established the Foundation in 1972 following the death of their 16-year-old son Don from Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia. Always an active member of the Foundation, Mrs. Saladino took over the leadership role after her parents’ passing. “The most rewarding part of this role,” she says, “is when I visit with the patients in the Don Monti Cancer Centers, and I can see first-hand the hope and the healing that is taking place there.”
Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $42 million to support the Foundation’s “Holy Trinity”: patient care at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where the Don Monti Division of Oncology/Hematology and the Don Monti Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit are located; research at the Joseph & Tita Monti Research Center at the world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; and education in the Joseph, Tita and Don Monti Genetics and Human Development Laboratory at LIU Post, where the first-of-its-kind Masters in Genetic Counseling Program was accredited in 2010. Mrs. Saladino takes pride in serving as a bridge between the cancer biology research at CSHL, its clinical application at North Shore University Hospital, as well as the educational component at LIU.
In response to the need for creating medical services for cancer patients close to their homes, 3 additional Don Monti Cancer Centers were created in Nassau and Suffolk Counties at Plainview Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital and Huntington Hospital. The Don Monti Cancer Centers form the largest and most advanced network of cancer treatment services in this region, bringing hope and healing to thousands of patients in their fight against cancer.
Mrs. Saladino received a B.A. in Education from Long Island University, and a Masters degree in Thanatology from the University of Bridgeport. In addition to the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, Caroline Monti Saladino is an Associate Trustee at North Shore University Hospital. She and her husband Arthur are involved with many other philanthropic organizations in the New York area and have been honored for their continuing support to the community. Caroline and Arthur have been residents of Lloyd Harbor for more than thirty years. They are a close knit family and enjoy spending time with their four grown children and their families – and particularly their twelve grandchildren.