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My name is Tonja, and our story is about determination, victory, defeating odds, second chances; all sprinkled with faith, HoPE, and miracles. This is the story about our daughter, Fiona Marcella Italiano.

At age 37, I had a horrible emergency surgery. Lost 3/4th of my body’s blood and the surgeon said I almost lost my life. Our dr told me I would never be able to conceive a child, but at 44 years of age, my fiancée Anthony and I found out we were expecting. We were ecstatic! At my 20 week pregnancy check I was told by three doctors that Fiona had Down syndrome, a rare heart defect, and a rare brain abnormality called Holoprosencephaly. Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is normally not compatible of life. Based on the HPE diagnosis, Fiona had a 3% chance of survival and 1% chance to live past 6 months of age. Fiona has defied the odds and will be 8 on October 29th.

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December 15, 2021

Thank you all so very much.
I’m happy to report we have raised enough for a full year for Fiona!! Thank you to those that have made this possible

October 9, 2021

We are 1,725. Almost two more moths with her walker. Almost to Jan6th!!! So awesome. Thank you guys!!!

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December 31, 2021

A gift from the neighborhood kids from what was collected over the summer, along with some later contributions :). Blessings and Happy New Year!

Stefanie Byrd

October 19, 2021

I grew up in that subdivision. So many great people and so much love as I recall. Even knew the other who lived in that house in Oldewick. I hope Fiona some day will share similar memories! Best wishes to the entire family!


October 15, 2021

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Libby Sandridge

October 8, 2021

Love you guys!

Tianna Trusheim