Thursday, September 10, 2009

Project 2,996 Tribute to Lisa B. Cannava

I am honored to participate in Project 2,996 --an initiative to memorialize each of the lives lost on 9/11. What follows is my tribute to one of those lost souls.

On September 11, 2001 we lost 2,996 of our fellow human beings to a series of senseless acts of terrorism. Although eight years have passed, we must not forget that each of those people was beloved of others. Each left behind a network of people whose lives were intertwined, and whose loss was incomprehensible then, as it remains today.

One of the Americans who died that day at the World Trade Center was Lisa Cannava. She was only thirty years old, and worked as a supervisor at Carr Futures. Sixty-nine CF employees died there on the 92d floor of the WTC. Lisa’s desk was “right there where the plane went in.”

In an incredible coincidence, Lisa’s brother, John DiFato also worked in Tower 2, eleven floors from his sister. They were the only children of Tony and Theresa DiFato.

Lisa Bella DiFato Cannava left behind a loving and devoted husband, Richard. Richard worked five blocks away, and ran toward the WTC when he heard the news. When he was 300 feet from the building it collapsed.

John DiFato left behind a wife and three children. He was described as a terrific family man whose spirit and goodness would always be remembered fondly and lovingly.

Richard Cannava described Lisa as “a remarkable and wonderful wife, friend, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law and aunt.” He said that he was truly blessed with a loving friend and spouse. Speaking of John and Lisa, Richard said, “Their smiles, spirit and goodness would remain alive in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved them.”


  1. You know, I often steer clear of posting on subjects similar to other bloggers for fear of claims of plagiarism etc. Today's the exception - and I think that will be the case for many postings today.

    Touching posting and tribute.

  2. ***Sigh***

    I'm trying to read as many tributes as I can, but it is so hard.

    I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

  3. Thanks for adding meaning and personality to a huge, impersonal number. Great job.

  4. I really loved that! What a great idea that project is. Thank you for that.

  5. I once dated a man whose sister was widowed in 9/11...their children were growing up without a father. He was a fireman, so he was a hero. Her house was covered in plaques and such that had been sent to her after his death.

  6. Great project and your post was poignant and heartfelt. Bravo Leah.