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As some of you may know, some years ago my mother, Donna, was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis that she contracted through a blood transfusion in the early 80’s. Up until the fall of 2013, she was capable of living a seemingly normal life: working extremely hard as a nurse at The Laurels in Kingston, driving down the turnpike to visit me in Philadelphia, going for swims and hanging out with friends. Her condition has worsened and she can no longer work, is exhausted most of the day and struggles with uncomfortable swelling. Her doctors informed her that her only chance for survival was to have a liver transplant and she is now on the active transplant waiting list at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

My mom is dealing with this situation and continues to remain the happy, smiling woman she’s always been. She’s looking forward to feeling better and is really looking forward to relaxing on a beach. If you know my mom, you know that’s her happy place. My goal for her is to eventually run a 5K with me, although I don’t think she knows this yet.

Updates (4)

November 3, 2014
The Times Leader did a nice job of chronicling Donna’s transplant journey and how her wonderful daughter, Raellyn Zappulla, worked to help with her mom’s uninsured transplant-related expenses.

August 13, 2014

Donna finally received her transplant! She is recovering well and has moved out of the ICU. The doctors and nurses are very impressed with her progress and say she’s doing great. Thank you so much for your generosity and well wishes!

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November 23, 2014

Donna, We're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you are feeling better and better each day. Congratulations to both you and Raelynn! Sending our love!!!

Eileen, Ellie, Brian and Abby Bartoli

August 8, 2014

Hi Donna! I just got this note on my f/b from Debbie Lake. I worked with you at Kingston Healthcare. Your smile was always contagious, you were a wonderful nurse. We had some fun times at. work didn't we? I am so sorry to hear this news and I will happily donate to your cause, and help you. Please know, Prayers will continue for you in hopes you get a donor, you deserve a great life, and you will. You are a.strong woman, you keep fighting, God will do the rest! Lean on him and God Bless, I will keep in touch marge Donahue.

Marge Donahue

July 26, 2014

Donna, I know what a strong person you are, you have always been an inspiration to me, god bless you and prayers for strength. I wish you the best and will pray for you. I will let everyone I know about this site ..wishing the best for you!!xo

Dolores Baynock

July 23, 2014

Happy to help with a donation. May the energy of the donations you receive, bring you hope, health and a quick recovery. Blessings and much Peace.

Paula Tepedino (Caitlin's Mom)