My name is Jennie Tumminello. In January of 2010, I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney and liver disease. I have since received a successful liver transplant. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my illness, I now need a kidney transplant.
I grew up as part of a wonderful loving family who prided themselves on the protestant work ethic: work hard and get ahead. I incorporated this into my belief system, earning my bachelor’s degree and working for several high-ranking corporations since I was 18 years old. As an accomplished professional, I proudly launched my own insurance and investment practice. Unfortunately, the realities associated with my illness have presented a significant challenge.
May 12, 2017
I recently received a liver transplant due to PKD disease. I am currently seeking the input of NYU Langone Hospital for an evaluation of my kidneys in preparation for the likeliness of a kidney transplant. Prior to my liver transplant, I was a successful professional in the community banking industry. I had insured myself appropriately but unfortunately, the surgeon misspoke and put an end to my disability insurance funding.
August 8, 2017
I have never met such a strong, hardworking, selfless individual like Jennie. She always did above and beyond for me and my family, even after my mom died. I don't think needing a second transplant will stop her now. I wish Jennie continued success and the opportunity to share her message of hope. She has encouraged me during times of sorrow and negative self worth.