The family of Carol and Marty Marasco, like many others, is not unfamiliar with loss due to cancer. Their daughter, Marla Jo Marasco-Hoover, passed away at the age of 42 after a long battle with cancer in 2013. In October 2019, Marla’s eldest son, Zachary Hoover, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 20. Only 4 months later, Carol was taken at the young age of 73 in February 2020.
In 2009, Scott was a senior at Hollidaysburg Area High School where he played on the boys’ soccer team. He also attended the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center majoring in electronics. He was vice president and he received the senior of the year award for electronics.
When tragedy struck, Dorothy Stasny used the passing of her husband Joseph as inspiration to create a scholarship fund that would help students pursue healthcare studies – the very field that she and her husband spent their lives working in.
In 1991, a fund created before Benjamin Franklin’s passing became available. The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation has since been able to use that money to provide grants to those in need and help to honor Franklin’s wishes.