Lola's Gift

Profits from Book Sales Donated to Fund Research for a Cure

Many a parent or grandparent have sprung to action when a child or grandchild has been diagnosed with a sickness of any kind. Mitch Ribak is one of those grandparents, bringing much needed money and awareness to a rare disorder. The local author and real estate broker is now donating the proceeds of his latest book, “So You’ve Got Your Real Estate License … Now What?” to Lola’s Gift to fund research efforts in the fight to cure Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS), a rare neurological disorder.
Sturge-Weber syndrome is a neurological and skin disorder associated with port-wine birthmarks on the face, glaucoma, seizures, intellectual impairment and weakness on one or both sides of the body. Current treatment options for children with SWS are limited, but include medications to reduce the likelihood of seizures and stroke-like episodes, eye drops and/or surgery to manage glaucoma and physical rehabilitation.
Upon debut, “So You’ve Got Your Real Estate License … Now What?” quickly became the number 1 real estate bestseller on Amazon and earned an average rating of five stars. The greatest reward for the time he devoted to writing the book is seeing the proceeds aid in efforts to find a cure for a rare and often overlooked medical disorder known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome.
In 2013, a major breakthrough was announced that could lead to an eventual ease of Sturge-Weber Syndrome symptoms through drug intervention. Researchers identified a gene mutation that occurs before birth as the cause of the neurological and skin disorder. Since then, they have been investigating drug and targeted therapy options that can counteract the disorder’s effects.
Lola's GiftIn addition to donating the proceeds from his latest book to fund research efforts, Mitch speaks at real estate seminars and provides individual coaching sessions in return for donations to Lola’s Gift.
Mitch Ribak is a two-time author, serial entrepreneur and real estate broker. After successful business ventures in online dating websites and a paintball complex, he became a realtor. Four years later, he opened Tropical Realty of Suntree. Since then, the brokerage has grown and expanded its reach to three locations with over 90 agents.
The most important piece of advice in the book is the key to success, not just in business, but in all facets of life: “Pursue all endeavors as a means of helping people, not increasing one’s personal fortune.”
“So You’ve Got Your Real Estate License … Now What?” is available for purchase on and proceeds are being donated to Lola’s Gift to advance
Dr. Anne Comi’s research efforts at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Visit to learn more about its fight for a cure.