The Buccinos' Emergency Fund

It’s hard to know where to start, but I want to give you a full overview of the situation so you can understand both its severity and how much your donation, no matter how small, could make an impact.

The Story:

The Buccino's moved to Colorado during the late 1990s. During that time Julie, a hard working mother of 5, got sick with an extremely severe case of mercury poisoning. This left her bedridden suffering from symptoms that included nausea, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and extreme pain. There were many days where the pain was so severe she couldn't move her fingers. After finally receiving a diagnosis and treatment, Julie was still left with some of the nasty symptoms of mercury poisoning. These symptoms were only made worse by the cold weather and frequent storms common in Colorado. For this reason, and many others, the Buccinos decided to make the move to Southern California in the summer of 2015. After selling their Steamboat home, they purchased a beautiful plot of land in Fallbrook, California and planned on renting a house near by until they could finish building their SoCal home.

Unfortunately, the process of getting building permits proved to be rather heinous and significantly more expensive than expected. The Buccinos were finally able to break ground in late 2016, at which point Steve, one of the most amazing people on earth and the family's main breadwinner, quit his job to focus all his efforts on building their home. He had saved for 3 years to ensure the family would have enough money while he worked on the house for 10 months.
The further they got into the project, the more it became apparent that the cost of construction was greater than anticipated. This, in combination with paying rent and utilities for a longer period of time, prompted the family to take out a small loan, which could be repaid when Steve returned to work.

In early September, 2017 Steve came down with a severe cold. So bad it prompted a visit to the doctors where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. A week later he wasn't improving and was put on stronger antibiotics. Shortly after he started to stutter and struggle with his speech. Fearing a stroke, he was rushed to the ER, where he was promptly admitted to the hospital. After four days in the hospital with many scans and tests, the neurologist on call diagnosed Steve with Dementia, causing reasonable panic among the family. The neurologist then backtracked, stating that more tests had to be run to reach a diagnosis. After being stabilized, Steve was sent home. At home, his blood oxygen saturation plummeted, resulting in many trips into and out off the ER. By the end of the week his condition was finally stable, but his speech had barely improved and it was apparent that he was having trouble swallowing.

He was able to see a new neurologist who ordered more tests a week later, including a lumbar puncture and a $3,000 brain blood test. This neruologist diagnosed Steve with dementia or frontal lobe deterioration and recommended he get another opinion from a specialist. At this point (early November), Steve seemed to be improving and was able to speak with only slight difficulty. Sadly, this only lasted for a short while and his speech and ability to swallow have since deteriorated significantly. To this date, there is no single diagnosis or treatment plan.

Why We Need Your Help:

Steve’s illness has stunted progress on the house. While things are finally picking back up, the Buccinos' expected move-in date has been pushed off even further. 
This puts them far outside their 10 month buget, meaning they will have to continue to pay rent incurring more and more costs. Originally, Steve had hoped to get work as soon as possible once the house was complete. However, given his current health, finding a job may prove to be very difficult if not impossible. Ultimately, this could result in the Buccinos losing their home.  

The Goal:

We’re starting small and even a few thousand could help alleviate some of the stress Steve is experiencing and help him focus on recovery. This money will go towards living expences while Steve is out of work and allow the family to stay afloat during this trying time.     

Other Ways to Help:  

•If you can’t give money, consider sharing this post. The more people who see it the better!

•If you live in the area: make the family a meal or if you're handy, volunteer your help with the house.

•Send a care package or note of encouragement (Lord knows they need it)

Address to

“The Buccinos”
61 N Meridith Ave
Apt C
Pasadena, CA

•Pray, send positive affirmations, keep them in your thoughts.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping in whatever way you can. This family means the world to me personally and to so many others. I will continue to update this page as things progress. I hope you have a blessed holiday season!  

Meet the Buccinos:    
Here are some pictures of the Buccinos
Julie enjoying the SoCal weather 

Steve with his Grandson 

Family photo
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    • $25 
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    • $20 
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    • $20 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Abby Kissane 
Fallbrook, CA
steven buccino 
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