Help Bring Marco Home
On a recent trip to Finland with his Mom, my son Marco was rushed to the emergency room and admitted to the ICU. He spent a week under anesthesia and life support. Eventually, he was transferred to a hospital bed. He has been there ever since.
After weeks of testing, Marco has been diagnosed with a severe motor neuron disease. His doctors are not able to be more specific at this time. He requires a ventilator to assist with breathing. He is unable to talk, swallow or support his head. He hasn’t been able to eat solid food since before he was admitted. He continues to be fed through a tube in his stomach.
His muscle weakness is centered in the neck and throat. There is no guarantee that it won’t eventually spread. He is weak but is doing his best every day to get out of bed and work to increase his strength. Hopefully, he will eventually become strong enough for the trip home.
We are a family split in half on two continents, separated by a vast ocean. I am desperate to reunite my family so that we can all care for Marco together. We hope to raise enough money to pay for a flight home. A full ambulatory flight home can cost in excess of $200,000.00. Our hope is that Marco will be strong enough to fly home on a commercial airline, accompanied by a small medical team, but even that option is not without considerable cost.
Time is tight. We’re afraid that if the disease spreads, Marco may never be able to return home. If we don't get him home soon, I fear our family may be forced to live apart in two separate countries, for at least the foreseeable future. Our wish is that we will all be together again for Christmas.
Insurance will not cover the cost of the flight. All money raised by this campaign will go to bringing Marco home. Any unused funds will be used for Marco’s medical care.
We have a long hard road ahead and we are taking it one step at a time. Getting him home will be a giant leap forward. We would be extremely grateful for any help that you can provide.
We’ve surpassed our goal! I can’t thank you enough. Your generosity and thoughtfulness has provided us with the means to bring our boy home. We are so grateful for your support.
Marco is finally beginning his journey home. He will be traveling to a hospital, here in the US, for observation and evaluation. Marco will be flying on Saturday, January 16th. Please keep him in your thoughts as he makes his way back.
Obviously, we are greatly saddened by this setback. The delight of a reunion, which will bring us back together after 3 months apart, serves to ease our profound disappointment. As a family, we have never been away from each other during the holiday and thankfully; this year will be no different.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your immeasurable kindness and generosity. Your thoughts and words of encouragement have given us much comfort during this most difficult time. We wish you all immense joy and happiness during this festive time and the very best for a healthy and peaceful 2016.
With much gratitude,
In the midst of such a tragic situation, we still have so much to be thankful for. You have all helped us in countless ways. Your support and kindness has given us untold comfort during this very difficult time.
Marco is working hard to gain enough strength to make the journey home. His doctors are confident that he will be physically able to make the trip. Physicians and hospitals in both countries are busy coordinating efforts to make the transfer. Events this week should give us a better idea of how soon we can expect our long awaited family reunion. It has been so very long and we are anxious to be reunited as soon as possible.
We have been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. Your response has been amazing. Words are insufficient to express the depth of our true feelings. Thank you couldn’t possibly convey the extent of our gratitude.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and our target date is fast approaching. We are slightly more than half way to our goal. Please continue to share our story. We are still hoping for a miracle. We have faith that you all can help make it happen.
Vito, my name is Steven Panzella. I own Horizon Air Ambulance in NYC. I can get Marco home 4 less than 200k and actually less than the money you have now. I will help you and save you plenty, our pleasure. Contact us at horizon air ambulance, we are waiting to fix your problem
Hope this recently posted reply from Bart Gray got through... "I am trying to reach this family to provide assistance. I own an air ambulance company and I can provide a flight home for Marco. If anyone knows how to contact the family please have them call Global Jetcare @ 352-799-7771."
Sir, several employees of our company AMR ambulance shared your campaign with me. I am the supervisor for AMR Air Ambulance and we have many resources to get your son back to the USA as early as the 18th. We're here to help. Please check your email as I sent an email to the "organizer" with more details.
As a mother I can only imagine what you are going through right now. I hope you'll get your boy home soon. Like someone said earlier, he is in good hands here in Finland, but in a situation like this, nothing is more important than getting him home safe. I hope that will be the case, soon, and I believe something will come up (it has now been in the newspapers and on social media, so the word is spreading). Keep on believing and praying!
Greetings From Finland! I am so sorry that I cant Fund you, As my own financical situation is not too good, but please send my Private massessage, if there is something I can do here (e.g. Visit Matco with my dog etc..).. I happend to be member of the Local club for persons affected with rare neurological diseases.
Welcome back to Montclair, Marco!
Such good news and hoping that the next time we hear from you, it's to learn that Marco is home with his loving family.
So glad to hear the news, Vito. Hope Marco gets home very soon where he's sure to get the care (and love) he needs.
So happy to hear your good news! You and your family are in my prayers. Safe trip home Marco.
i hope you've found someone to fly you all home! i've tried but i don't know anyone with a plane... but happy you will all be together and hope to hear you're all back on u.s. soil soon.. happy christmas to all of you and i hope to hear some good news!! love you
I just came back to your story because when I first read about it through Montclair Watercoolers, I had to retreat to just make sense. I have a son the sand age and I guess I tried to not think about your story, but became consumed by it. I pray for your son's health and pray that he will be able to come home soon
Vito I am LORELLA. Umber to and Eva Pisacreta's daughter I promise u have the Pisacreta families prayers and we will be sending donations your mother is watching She is your son's angel GOD is the biggest healer I am mentioning your son in Church For Prayer and donations We will do our best .
Marco is so nice, I hope I get to see him soon
Marco is a really good person and I hope to see him soon
In the name of our Lord and with grace and blessings of his saints Marcus and Markrios , we pray that your recover and return to your family swiftly and safely . Anthony