Help Bring Marco Home

$102,690 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,268 people in 45 months


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.  


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Friends,

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.

Thank you,

The Ziccardis
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Due to obstacles beyond our control, Marco will not be home for Christmas. In an effort to bring the family together for the holiday, my eldest son and I will travel to Helsinki to be with Marco and his Mom. We are optimistic for a quick resolution that will help us see Marco home early in the New Year.

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,
The Ziccardis
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Friends,

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.

Gratefully,
The Ziccardis
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Steven Panzella
44 months ago

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

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Ashley Swierk DiGeronimo
45 months ago
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Vito, Please look into angel flight, they provide free medical flights and may be able to help bring Marco and Tuula home. www.angelflight.com

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Ashley Swierk DiGeronimo
44 months ago
3
3

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."

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Joseph Green
44 months ago
3
3

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.

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Sini Liljalahti Os Koskela
44 months ago
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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!

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Simon Carroll
44 months ago
2
2

Lufthansa and they have special medical facilities on their aircraft and this may be an options. Here is a web site about what they can offer http://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/09/how-lufthansa-cares-for-passengers-medical-needs/

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Jenny Ginger Rostain
44 months ago
1
1

Could Finnair chip in? Would be amazing. Good luck to you!

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Anne-Marie VArtti
44 months ago
1
1

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.

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Pirkko Liisa Pattanayak
45 months ago
1
1

Friend's son had something similar called Guillain-Barré Syndrome . Do you know about that syndrome? Praying for fast recovery.

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Jennifer Prost
41 months ago

Welcome back to Montclair, Marco!

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Barbara Alterman
43 months ago

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.

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Mario Giampaglia
43 months ago

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.

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Marianne Marciw
43 months ago

So happy to hear your good news! You and your family are in my prayers. Safe trip home Marco.

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Fran Cimino
44 months ago

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

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Vickie L. Victoria
44 months ago

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

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Lorella Squillaro
45 months ago

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 .

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Katrina Isidore
45 months ago

Marco is so nice, I hope I get to see him soon

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Max Esposito
45 months ago

Marco is a really good person and I hope to see him soon

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Anthony M Mina
45 months ago

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

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Jamellys Torrenegra
29 months ago
RW
$300
roger woo
42 months ago

Vito, I'm just seeing this via Walter. Happy Marco is back. and i pray he is progressing well.

CM
$25
Colleen Martinez
43 months ago
$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
$1,500
Anonymous
43 months ago
$150
Anonymous
43 months ago
AD
$50
alexis dudley
43 months ago

prayers for Marco and your family

$50
Anonymous
43 months ago
$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
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$50
Antoinette LeQuire-Schott
43 months ago

Good luck bringing Marco home!

Steven Panzella
44 months ago

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

+ Read More
Ashley Swierk DiGeronimo
45 months ago
4
4

Vito, Please look into angel flight, they provide free medical flights and may be able to help bring Marco and Tuula home. www.angelflight.com

+ Read More
Ashley Swierk DiGeronimo
44 months ago
3
3

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."

+ Read More
Joseph Green
44 months ago
3
3

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.

+ Read More
Sini Liljalahti Os Koskela
44 months ago
2
2

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!

+ Read More
Simon Carroll
44 months ago
2
2

Lufthansa and they have special medical facilities on their aircraft and this may be an options. Here is a web site about what they can offer http://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/09/how-lufthansa-cares-for-passengers-medical-needs/

+ Read More
Jenny Ginger Rostain
44 months ago
1
1

Could Finnair chip in? Would be amazing. Good luck to you!

+ Read More
Anne-Marie VArtti
44 months ago
1
1

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.

+ Read More
Pirkko Liisa Pattanayak
45 months ago
1
1

Friend's son had something similar called Guillain-Barré Syndrome . Do you know about that syndrome? Praying for fast recovery.

+ Read More
Jennifer Prost
41 months ago

Welcome back to Montclair, Marco!

+ Read More
Barbara Alterman
43 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Mario Giampaglia
43 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Marianne Marciw
43 months ago

So happy to hear your good news! You and your family are in my prayers. Safe trip home Marco.

+ Read More
Fran Cimino
44 months ago

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

+ Read More
Vickie L. Victoria
44 months ago

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

+ Read More
Lorella Squillaro
45 months ago

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 .

+ Read More
Katrina Isidore
45 months ago

Marco is so nice, I hope I get to see him soon

+ Read More
Max Esposito
45 months ago

Marco is a really good person and I hope to see him soon

+ Read More
Anthony M Mina
45 months ago

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

+ Read More
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