Help for J. Giovanni Baquerizo's Lung Transplant

Nine weeks ago my business partner and more importantly a very  dear friend J. Giovanni (Gio) Baquerizo tested positive for COVID-19. Experiencing shortness of breath, Giovanni went to a local hospital near his home in Northern New Jersey never realizing his life would never be the same.  That day he was admitted and soon there after intubated to aide his breathing.  Sadly, after 6 weeks of Drs. trying their best he was told that he would require a bilateral lung transplant to return to the quality of life that this energetic and vivacious man was used to. From that point on the tests and approvals began. Subsequently, Giovanni was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC where he is presently patiently waiting in preparation for a donor to be a match. 

Giovanni has been married to his lovely wife, Jennifer, for over 30 years and has 5 beautiful children that he has not been able to see in over 9 weeks due to the COVID diagnosis. Throughout this time Gio has stayed positive and has no other goal but to stayed focused on his recovery and reuniting with his family who miss him dearly. 

 As you may imagine the insurmountable stress that comes along with such a serious diagnosis is unimaginable. Facing a bilateral lung transplant is something that they were just not prepared for - who would be when one day this strong and driven man was working and caring for his family and the next  he was unable to due to this very serious virus. While he is in the best hospital for his condition and we are all grateful for that - it comes at a cost. A cost that brings with it insurmountable hospital expenses, traveling expenses and lack of a steady income.

I just felt it was time - time we step up to support this beautiful family and help relieve some of that stress in anyway we can. 

This is where YOU come in, any and all donations will be GREATLY appreciated and I am sure will go a long way in trying to bring some normalcy back to the Baquerizo Family. 

Please donate whatever amount you can reasonably afford.  Giovanni, his family, his friends, co-workers and anyone that has had the pleasure of meeting this fun loving father, passionate businessman and family patriarch will forever be in your debt. 

I also ask that whatever faith you may follow that you lift this family up in prayer.  

Thank you and God bless you!!!!


Robert Mazzatta
Archbald, PA

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