This non-profit organization was founded by Dina Manzo, mother, philanthropist, reality star, and the epitome of the modern day wonder-woman. Dina Manzo is the “Mother-ladybug” who shelters young children suffering from life-threatening illnesses under her wings.
In 2007 Dina Manzo started Project Ladybug with a wish to bring financial and emotional hope to children and their families undergoing rigorous medical treatments. Dina’s dream to establish her own organization stemmed from her father’s similar ambitions. With the support of her own little ladybug, daughter Lexi, Dina earned her wings when she launched her first fund at St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital in Paterson, NJ. In 2010 Project Ladybug reached the high accredited hospital Memorial Sloan-Kettering in the form of Julien’s Project Ladybug Fund. Dina’s most recent extension, Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund opened just in time for Christmas at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
With three funds, now 501c3 certified, across the country and more to open in the next few years, Dina’s influence as a mother seems to not only resonate with her daughter, but with the many “manbugs” and “ladybugs” she has adopted in her heart. For many years, while Dina worked two jobs as a single-mom, she continued to instill many notable teachings in Lexi, such as to always believe in yourself, keep family close to your heart and give to others as much as you can. These very teachings are the foundation of Project Ladybug’s successes.
With her unrelenting will to give and the determination to fight to protect the spirit of her daughter and the children of Project Ladybug, Dina Manzo looks to do it all and gets closer each day to achieving just that.
Ladybugs are a European symbol of good luck. They received their name centuries ago in Europe when farmers found aphids invading their grapevines. Prayers to the Virgin Mary for help were answered when thousands of little red beetles appeared and ate the aphids. The farmers named the helpful beetles in honor of Mary, also known as “Our Lady”.