New York Family Magazine Names Mark X. Cronin a Champion of Long Island’s Special Needs Community

Our co-founder and John’s father, Mark X. Cronin, has been recognized as a “Champion of Long Island’s Special Needs Community” by New York Family. The publication selected Mark X. Cronin for “making Long Island a better place for people with disabilities.” 

Mark X. Cronin, has been recognized as a “Champion of Long Island’s Special Needs Community”

“I am so proud of my Dad,” said John Cronin. “People always congratulate me and give me awards, but everything I do, I do with him. He gives me strength and makes everything possible. I love him.” 

Long Island Family’s Champions of Long Island’s Special Needs Community 

Lea Tomaswick, Special Sections Editor for New York Family, said, “Countless members of the Long Island community are committed to making our area more inclusive, kind, and fun for children and adults of all abilities.” 

The publication selected leaders making a difference for the special needs community. The list includes twenty-two heads of schools, directors of programs, non-profit executives, lawyers, doctors and business leaders. 

John and his father and partner Mark X. Cronin

Reacting to the award, Mark X. Cronin said, “This award recognizes the work that all of us are doing at John’s Crazy Socks. While it is the work that matters, it is always good when others see the work my colleagues perform.”   

Mark added, “It is good to see a parenting publication recognize the needs and interests of those with differing abilities.” 

New York Family 

New York Family Media touts itself as the number one print and digital media platform for engaged parents in the New York City metro area and beyond. is the ultimate online guide for families living in or visiting the New York City region. Their website is dedicated to the idea that New York parents and parents-to-be should have a web community they can call their own, with fresh and informative daily content, comprehensive guides and listings and tons of fun! 

About John’s Crazy Socks 

John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. With more than 4,000 socks, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. More than half their employees have a differing ability, and their Giving Back program has raised over $650,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. Most of all, they are Spreading Happiness™. 

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