Village of Warriors

We all know there are people and circumstances in life that transform us in mystical ways. Sometimes it is our own life challenges, suffering, and bold accomplishments that fuel our evolution and at other times the transformation comes from the ways someone else touches our lives, inspires passion for life, kindness, immense love and bravery. For family and friends of Alaina, I don't think I need to describe all the ways this manifests and what it is like to bear witness to her warrior spirit throughout her life.  

If you are reading this page, you are also aware of the developments over the last year and the brave and bold decisions that have led Alaina down to Duke Medical, where she is currently listed for a double lung transplant. Alaina, Tim, and their parents have made this possible through a herculean effort. The support and love offered from everyone in their lives has bolstered hope and energy during the most challenging times. 

Imagining the financial burden associated with this part of the journey, some of you have asked for the opportunity to provide some assistance. Alaina and Tim are humble in this process and have also found ways to provide all the basic care for themselves and the boys. I am setting up this page because I am asking for help in supporting them as they face the daunting realities of relocation expenses, extra childcare, leave time from work, travel expenses for visits from the boys, and anything else that would make this challenging time feel like normal life.

I ask on behalf of Alaina and Tim that none feel obligated to donate to this fundraiser.  They recognize the tremendous efforts to support their emotional wellbeing throughout the last few months. Please know that the Village supporting Alaina and her family is built and thrives on love, kindness and prayers, first and foremost. This fundraiser is to help with the unforeseen extras listed above.

I am developing this page because as my cousin, personal hero, and friend, Alaina has brought me tremendous abundance and joy. I am forever transforming in no small part from the lessons she brings to me and I hope to serve as a vehicle for bringing any abundance we can her way.

I will maintain this page and all donations will be automatically donated from this site directly into their bank account to cover any of the above expenses. The link to her Caringbridge blog is below, for those who wish to follow her story: visit/alainamuckell
  • Linda Matthews 
    • $250 
    • 33 mos
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    • $300 
    • 34 mos
  • Katie Colombo 
    • $550 
    • 35 mos
  • Gail Guccione 
    • $20 
    • 35 mos
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    • $10 
    • 36 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Dawn M Cuglietto 
New York, NY
Alaina Muckell 
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