After retiring from AT&T, Maria’s mother, “Mama” Milian, worked at Casa Nuova until her death in 2007, when she died from pancreatic cancer. Maria has founded the Purple Pansies Organization in memory of beloved mother, to heighten the awareness of and to raise support for pancreatic cancer research. Purple Pansies has partnered with the TGEN Foundation, a leading research organization that is making significant progress in their search for causes and the cure of pancreatic cancer. Since its inception, Purple Pansies has raised over $400,000 for the cause. You can learn more about the Purple Pansies Organization at their website purplepansies.org.