Nino's Transplant Recovery Fund



On Tuesday July 18 2017 Nino Viscardi received a phone call that would change his life forever.  For those who don't know Nino has had a rare autoimmune liver disorder that caused chirosis of the liver.  Since then he has been followed quite closely by his doctors.  However some complications of the chirrosis occured and some tumours began to grow on the liver.  Doctors advised Nino that these tumors were treatable and he would need to undergo a few procedures to have those tumours burned off the liver.  After each time he had this painful procedure done new tumours would grow and shortly afterward he would have to face this procedure again.  Doctors discussed the idea that he would need to get a liver transplant at some point.  He was scheduled to have further discussions in August as to the details of how it all works.  Doctors told Nino that he would need to carry around a pager starting in September and if a liver became available he would be notified at anytime and would need to be at the hospital within 4 hours.  However on the morning of July 18, while Nino was at work sitting in his dump truck under the silo with a fresh load of hot asphalt he got a call that there was a possible liver available for him.  He needed to be at the hospital at 9pm that night for tests and prep and possible liver transplant Wednesday morning.  Quite shocked he asked them to call his wife Jeanne to give her the details and he informed his work about what was happening and went home to get some rest and process what just happened.  Nino underwent surgery on Wednesday July 19 removing the diseased liver and transplanting a very healthy liver into Nino.  The surgery was a success.  Since having this major surgery Nino's recovery has been nothing short of amazing.  He has been doing very well and impressing the doctors at Toronto General Hospital.  On July 28th Nino was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home in the good care of Jeanne.  We have set up this fundraiser to support a man who doesn't have a mean bone in his body, to support a man who has worked hard his whole life, to support a man who has been an amazing and favourite uncle, friend, brother, husband, son, co-worker and surrogate grandfather.  This is a man who would give you the shirt off his back and ask for nothing in return.  Nino has cooked and fed incredible food to probably everyone he knows as this is one of his passions in life and he loves to share it.  Nino is going to be off work for quite some time while he recovers.  Nino has partial paid sick time and has limited  benefits where he works.  The anti rejection medication is very very expensive and some cost will be covered by a government program, but he still needs pay out of pocket for the first portion of it, a kind of deductable.  With the decreased wages from not working and upfront medication cost, we can all help reduce some financial stress on Nino and Jeanne so they can focus on his successful recovery and his second chance at life.  I know they are extremely greatful for this gift of life he received and will be so touched by everyone's generosity aiding to his recovery.  You can make a donation and be part of Nino's recovery and story.   Anything you can afford to donate would be amazing.  Please feel free to share this story so we reach as many people as possible.  Please also remember to sign your organ donor cards.  As you can see it truly is the gift of life!

Donations

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  • Ruby Simon 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Maureen Anderson 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 42 mos
  • iain mcgibbon 
    • $300 
    • 42 mos
  • Larry and Shelley Trauzzi 
    • $100 
    • 42 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Andrea Iannaci- Bays 
Organizer
Oakville, ON
Jeanne Viscardi 
Beneficiary
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