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Ed needs our help to get a Kidney Transplant

Ed Vitale is a fairly healthy 77 year old who, after 4 + decades as a diabetic, finds himself in need of a kidney transplant. Ed always prided himself on taking good care of his diabetes, watching his diet, checking his blood sugar and taking his insulin but the years have taken a toll. The cost of a transplant can be overwhelming.

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October 12, 2015

Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville FL. called today to inform Ed he passed all their medical tests and evaluation – they have approved him for their transplant list! So we add Mayo Clinic to the two other transplant lists he is on namely Crozer Hospital in Upland, PA and The University of Pittsburgh medical Center.
Next we will try for the list at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The more lists Ed is on, the better his chances of getting a kidney.

October 12, 2015

We spent 5 days at Mayo clinic from September 28 to October 2. Ed went through all tests ordered by Mayo physicians. We attended educational classes on transplant related subjects of nutrition, transplant donor needs, the transplant process, pharmacy needs, financial advice. We met with the entire transplant team of Medical Director, Transplant surgeon, Infectious Disease physician, nurses, social workers, financial advisors and the pharmacist. Overall it was a very productive week.

We were given results of most tests on Thursday before we left and Ed did well – still awaiting some results. The transplant team meets every Tuesday to go over patient applicants and their test results. We will be given a decision in about 2 weeks as to whether Ed will be placed on the Mayo Clinic Transplant list. Thank you one and all for your help.
De & Ed Vitale

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October 14, 2015

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I'm glad I saw the note in the bulletin.

A St. Cornelius choir member and Phillies fan!

August 17, 2015

De and Ed, You are both in our prayers. Wishing you the best on your transplant journey. Love,

Joanne Moloney Pearlingi

August 12, 2015

Wishing you the best. Keeping you in our prayers. God Bless you and your family and help you with your procedure.

Maryanne Tiburzi Class of '63

August 12, 2015

We will keep you in our prayers. Hope your new kidney becomes available very soon. We have 2 family members who received new kidneys and they are both doing beautifully. Thank God for modern medicine.

Eileen Desmond Nielsen