Tommy Colagrande is only 43 years-old, and he desperately needs your help. In 2006, Tommy was diagnosed with end-stage-liver-disease and was told he needed a liver transplant in order to survive. After extensive medical testing, many trips to the ER and being admitted into the hospital, Tommy finally received the gift of life through a lifesaving transplant in August of 2009. After his surgery, Tommy did everything he could to accept his new liver. He complied with physicians orders, took all prescribed medications, and attended follow-up medical appointments. Despite his efforts, Tommy unfortunately began to reject his new liver and is at the point where he must consider a second liver transplant. He is growing sicker with more symptoms as each day passes, and after 18 months of interferon to help treat his bad liver, he sadly developed a blood clot in his hepatic artery. Doctors tried to remove the clot, but his transplanted liver is slowly dying and without another transplant, Tommy’s options will quickly run out. Once again, he is back on the active liver transplant list, and patiently waiting for the telephone call that will save his life. Out-of-pocket medical expenses are quickly adding up and Tommy needs your help.
Tommy grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and married his best friend Toni. The two of them worked very hard to start a successful contracting company together, and Tommy and Toni raised 4 wonderful step-children. Tommy attends church regularly, and has spent countless hours praying for his future and putting his faith in God. Needless to say, since becoming ill, Tommy has faced mounting medical bills, several obstacles and financial limitations in affording his medical bills, living expenses and transplant costs. Co-pays and deductibles, health insurance premiums, lab fees, housing expenses and insurance premiums are quickly mounting. Tommy is also required to take costly, post-transplant anti-rejection medications for the rest of his life, and he cannot afford these expenses on his own.
April 4, 2016
Tommy is currently being evaluated for his 3rd liver transplant he was originally diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 2006 leading up to his 1st transplant in 2009 he has had multiple complications which lead to diverticulitis, esophageal restriction in the throat which caused internal bleeding that hospitalized him on numerous occasions. Not to mention he developed encephalopathy which is a desiese of the brain that rendered him to be incapacitated in his thought process and in his decision making which hospitalized him to the point where he had to restrained, sedated and be monitored 24 hrs a day seven days a week until his albumin levels returned to normal all while he was waiting for a 2nd liver transplant which he received in 2010 since that time his health has been improving until 9mos ago when he developed a blood clot in his hepatic artery which cannot be fixed and also caused an infection in his liver which unfortunately hospitalized him this past August for an abscess in his liver caused a tempuature of 104.9 degrees that almost killed him fortunately packing him in ice and administering IV meds for 6 weeks pulled him through. His doctors and staff have done everything they could to remedy this situation with no luck at this time unfortunately the only way to fix this current health issue is to find him a 3rd liver. To transplant him is the only way he will survive without it he will surely die. He has gone thru so much as you can see up to this time, and thru all of this he has kept his spirits high.as much as possible. But he needs your help to continue his fight, any contribution would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you in advance of any and all contributions from Tommy and his family. GOD BLESS << less
March 17, 2016
If I could get all my Facebook friends and family to make a one time 25$ donation that should be more than enough to get me caught up on all my bills and outstanding medical hardships I am endoring at the current time and relieve alot of stress and mental anxiety I hate asking for help but I don’t know what else to do but swallow my pride and it’s not easy as most of you know me well enough to know that I’m always the take charge kind of a guy and do it myself but it’s a whole different ball game this time I’m not asking people I’m praying that you’ll find it in your hearts to help me.
GOD BLESS YOU..