Marc Buoniconti

Marc Buoniconti has been a friend of the American Lung Association for many years. The son of Nick Buoniconti, famous linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, Marc has been a local celebrity in his own right. When a football injury changed his life, Marc dedicated himself to finding a cure and works diligently at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He approached the American Lung Association of South Florida seven years ago to fund research on bronchitis, a disease he is afflicted with due to his condition. Under the volunteer leadership of Marc, the American Lung Association of Florida was able to provide the seed money to establish The International Bronchitis Research Center at the University of Miami.

Marc has taken a leadership role in the American Lung Association and on all the projects he works on. For the past six years he has offered himself as a spokesperson and has served as the Honorary Chairman of the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival. He envisioned that a similar event in Coral Gables could be as equally lucrative in increasing support for the Florida research center. Marc quickly went to work recruiting sponsors to volunteer major donations, individuals to serve on the planning committees, and site volunteers to help implement the event. Since the inception of Coral Gables four years ago, Marc's relationships in the community and their support have allowed it to develop into a signature event. This year alone, Marc assisted in recruiting over $100,000 in sponsorships.

Although Marc has been deeply involved in the fundraising part of our organization, his goal is to provide support for research. Fifty percent of the funds from the Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival are donated to the International Bronchitis Center at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, to continue seeking a cure. He is passionate and committed to research, but understands the role of funding in order to achieve research success. 

There are many paraplegic individuals who, when faced with a life of immobility, digress emotionally. Marc is the antithesis of those people. His positive attitude, bright outlook and lively spirit make him a joy to be around. He has helped the American Lung Association in many ways, but the most importantly he has built friendships and established respect for the American Lung Association and the work we do.