Nick Gagliardo, 55, is battling end stage liver failure. After years of living with diabetes and watching his mother and brother die from diabetes related issues, life threw a curveball at Nick—he became sicker and sicker, and one day he came home from work with significantly yellowed skin. That day turned out to be the beginning of a new challenge; one which requires a lifesaving, but very expensive liver transplant.
Now no longer able to work for fear of accelerating the progression of liver cirrhosis, he is not able to support his family – something he used to take great pride in doing. He has always been completely dedicated to his family and to helping others, and now Nick is the one who needs our help.
September 16, 2016
Thank you all who donated. It is very helpful and appreciated. We have many wonderful family and friends who continuely help to support us with your prayers, helpful words, and or monetary gifts. I wish I can say it will be over soon but, it is a long and ugly disease. Please keep up the prayers. I will try to keep everyone posted.
July 27, 2016
Allow me the pleasure of telling you about a man who cares. A man who worked 12-16 hr shifts to make sure his family got what they needed. A man who would rather spend his days off helping people out of the kindness of his heart than sit and “relax.” How can something so seemingly simple be so hard? How can I begin to paint of picture of which some would say is an angel on earth? A man who taught me to help people on the side of the road; a man who taught me to do good for the sake of doing good; a man who takes the time to visit his father every morning to share a cup of coffee and give his company; a man who countless people trust enough to give him their key to their house should anything happen; a man who shoulders pain for the sake of easing others sorrows; a pillar of strength; an angel without wings. It seems like it should be easy to tell of his generosity; how he helps those in need without asking anything in return. Or how easy it should be to paint a picture of someone who cares and lends a shoulder to anyone wavering. Yet the canvas remains an unfinished painting that is my father.
The truth is in the people who stop him in public to thank him for what he did years prior, and how he affected their lives. The truth is in his children who can only hope to be half as kind, half as loved. Though as we know, sickness and disease do not discriminate. It’s often said it happens to the best of us. This man, father, friend has had his faith tested. He has been diagnosed with liver disease. He now stands in pain and agitation between life and death as he waits for a new liver, and still as bills pile high, he asks for nothing. We, his children, have instead risen to ask what he has never been known to do, help. While insurance covers most of the hospital bills, other related expenses pile high. Between staying at hotels during months of testing and not being able to work, all we can do as family is chipin, in any way we can. We humbly ask the same of you. Any little bit helps. To a man who has prided himself with helping so many without asking anything in return; I come forward as a child asking for his return in this time of need. God bless you.
August 30, 2016
Nick, Sending all of our love and support. Looking forward to hugging you in October. Daily prayers and support , Love you , Roger , Danielle , Taylor and Griffin
Danielle Rizzo Tso
August 19, 2016
My sister had a liver transplant 15 years ago and lives a perfectly healthy and prosperous lifestyle. I have known Nick for 6 years in the next month our families will be bonded together through marriage and bond with our children . Nick is the matriarch of his family I believe Nick is a fighter and will overcome this medical obstacle in his life . Nick has a strong family support to help through this .
August 17, 2016
Nick, You have always been there when I needed you. Just like everyone else you are friends with. When we first met in 2001 you befriended this old ex-war horse, car guy and opened and invited me and my family into your home. You and your family are simply amazing people. Your encouragement got me back into the church and helped me find my faith again. I am so sorry you are going through this pain, and I honestly wish I could take it for you. You are more than a friend, you are a brother, mentor and inspiration for me to strive and continue to be a better person. Everyone who has known you have become better human beings. Love you, you are the man I want to be someday.
August 17, 2016
I know that I am not your actual blood, but you know I'll always be like a daughter to you. And I know that God will be the GREAT Physician that he is and work a miracle here. I love you and be strong!