into Guayaquil, Ecuador,
seven summers ago, Paul
ture class of 1999, had no idea how dras-
tically their lives were about to change.
the Brooklyn natives, the Franzettis came
upon Sister Annie Credidio excitedly wav-
ing at them.
James Franzetti, Joe's older brother. James
had met Sister Annie while volunteering
with Rostro de Cristo a decade prior in
1997-98, and encouraged her to take his
father and brother to Damien House, a
residential hospital for patients with
Hansen's disease (commonly known as
erful and beautiful, to sad and terrible,"
said Paul. "But Sister Annie was one of his
heroes there, an Ecuadorian version of
father, Paul, visit Easter Island,
Chile. The pair's passion for
wildlife and art led to their pur-
poseful mission. RIGHT: Paul's
painting of Easter Island. BELOW:
Joe's charcoal sketch of the moai
calendar to life and shine a spotlight on Ecuadorian leprosy hospital
opened to the plight -- and warmth --
of those stoically suffering with the dis-
inspiration," and an argument can be
made for just that.
Damien House, or even in Ecuador for
that matter. The Franzettis originally
scheduled a trip to Jerusalem before the
2006 Israel-Hezbollah War dashed their
Annie and The Damien House came into
play. A holy war led them to a holy
woman and her divine cause.
shop of holiness," working on a budget
mostly made of charitable donations. The
hospital serves not only 60 residential pa-
tients, but also more than 700 outpatients
on top of their work educating people
across South America about the cause,
treatment, and eventual eradication of
wanted to raise awareness and increase
the stock of donors."
The Damien House, pooling their collec-
tive artistic abilities with their connections