Sal Pugliese Jr. Perthes Disease Fund

Raised: $25,162.00
Goal: $75,000.00

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Tony Jeraci

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This fund is to help pay medical expenses for my cousin; a sweet, creative, and sharp 9-year-old sports fan suffering from a debilitating disease. Salvatore Jr. was diagnosed with Perth... more


Updated posted by Tony Jeraci 2 months ago

Sal recently returned back to Baltimore for his 3rd follow up with Dr. Standard. Things are progressing as little Sal continues his rigorous therapy regimen. Thank you everyone for your continued support and well wishes!


Sal and Dr Standard

Physical Therapy


Updated posted by Tony Jeraci 4 months ago

Words Cannot express the gratitude Sal, Lisa, and our entire family have towards the response to this fundraiser. Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our little man.


Updated posted by Tony Jeraci 4 months ago

2 months prior to surgery watching M. Rivera pitch his 2nd to last home game


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Created by Tony Jeraci on December 10, 2013

This fund is to help pay medical expenses for my cousin; a sweet, creative, and sharp 9-year-old sports fan suffering from a debilitating disease. Salvatore Jr. was diagnosed with Perthes Disease on August 2nd 2013. A rare disease that has left him wheelchair bound because of unexplained blood loss to his hip, specifically the ball portion of the femur bone, which has deteriorated within his hip socket. There is no known cause for Perthes Disease, as it can affect any child between the ages of 4 and 10 (5x more likely in boys than in girls). Like many other cases, Sal’s case was misdiagnosed for over a month before worsening symptoms confirmed his diagnosis. In less than 2 months, the disease had progressed so quickly that it not only took away his ability to play sports and attend school, but to walk.

Sal’s parents; (Sal Sr. and Lisa), were determined to find him the best care despite the limitations of their health insurance. After countless research and medical opinions, on November 5th Sal Jr. underwent surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore MD, with Dr. Shawn Standard, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in an advanced surgical procedure (hip distraction) for Perthes. Unfortunately, finding the best doctor meant Sal and Lisa are now faced with all medical expenses, including a $75,000-dollar surgical bill and thousands more in ongoing hospitalization, physical therapy, and residence fees while in Baltimore, MD. If you’re already familiar with Sal and Lisa, you know they are always the first to help, and the last to ever complain or ask for assistance.

Sal Jr is currently undergoing the 1st phase of his recovery with hopes to run and play outdoors again within the next 1-2 yrs. Please help support these two loving parents and their extraordinary child.

Thank you very much for any donation, contribution, and prayers :)

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We hope this new year keeps you and your family stronger than ever! xoxo

posted by Debbie Caruso 3 months ago

Keep fighting little man. We are all here behind you to help if we can. You will overcome this and be a stronger person for it. Keep smiling, it makes germs and stuff mad.. :-)

posted by Rick Gile 4 months ago

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Recent Donations (210)

$25,162 raised by 210 people in 4 months.



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The Fields Family

26 days ago


Sal-Thinking of you and your family. Hope to see you all soon! Love, Alyssa, Kimberly, Jonathan, Lisa & Jeff




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Nadiye Pinarli

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Susanne Jeraci

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Terri Scavone

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Patty Schick

2 months ago


Hey Sal, I got to see mom a couple of weeks ago and she gave me an update of how you are doing! You are a very strong young man! Keep it up! We miss you at Albany Ave. and can't wait to see you soon! Love always, Mrs. Schick, Mr. Schick, Sarah and Meghan xoxooxox



In loving Memory of cousin Domenico Coluccio

2 months ago


Salvatore, we all hope you have a fast speedy recovery and pray everyday that God continue to give you the strength to be the tough little soldier that you are! know that you cousin is always watching over you and is your toughest guardian Angel! we all love you Saly boy! love, "A toast to life and Memories" foundation in honor and memory of Domenico Coluccio.




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