Pucci Family's Medical Fund

$11,963 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 14 months
Rick & Alana Pucci's 13 year old son, Kaeden, is in end-stage kidney failure. Many people on the Central Coast know Rick from his farrier business, or know Alana because she is a high school Ag teacher. Rick's family owns the Avila Valley Barn, a long time fixture of fun for our families in the community. 
Now Rick & Alana need our help. Having raised Kaeden here in SLO county with their extended family close at hand, Kaeden has persevered with his kidney issues his entire life, and has become an ambitious, intelligent, hard-working young man who enjoys surfing, playing the guitar & video games like any other boy his age. 
On May 1st Kaeden will receive a new kidney. The donor who has selflessly stepped forward to gift Kaeden a second chance at life is none other than his very own very brave mom, Alana Pucci. 
On April 30th, Kaeden & Alana will travel to Stanford Medical Center's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. They will both need to stay in Palo Alto for 8 weeks to have surgery & recover. 
This surgery will allow Kaeden to have a normal & long life. He will be able to be active, healthy, go to college, raise a family, but most importantly, just be a teenaged boy. This surgery will be a priceless gift not only to him, but to his entire family. 
The Pucci family, meanwhile, faces the daunting costs of medical bills, travel,  hotel stays, & loss of income.  A group of friends & family members wants to decrease the worry of financial burdens at this time, so the family can come together & focus on the most important matter at hand: healing. 
Any amount donated to their medical fund adds up to the greater good. It is greatly appreciated.
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Another photo from the trenches in Palo Alto - Kaeden had his stent removed this evening!! Looking back at pictures from just ten days ago, he is so much healthier. The mama kidney is fully operational, and doing its job! Thank you, again, for all of the continued prayers, well wishes, & generosity. It has truly been a priceless gift.
Kaeden about to get stent removed, 5/23
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Here is a very sweet photo to share from this past Mother's Day, and I'm sure it is one the Pucci Family will never forget as a family! Kaeden is feeling stronger each day with his new kidney, Alana has all three of her (healthy) children by her side, and I hope that Rick is the one behind the camera taking the photo! What a lovely thing to celebrate - motherhood, and healthy children. It doesn't get any better than that. Thank you for helping to make this picture possible, and helping to make Alana & Kaeden's dreams of a healthy future possible.
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In 36 hours, Kaeden has made great improvements. So great in fact, he has been released!! The family is now recuperating at The Ronald McDonald House just down the street from Lucille Packard Hospital, and by the look on Kaeden's face, he is one happy kid to see the door of the hospital! Here's hoping that it is much smoother sailing from here on out.
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Thank you!!! All of your healing vibes, prayers & well wishes worked wonders, and today Kaeden is feeling waaaaay better!!!
His parents are so relieved and Kaeden is smiling and everyone is feeling that a corner has been turned. ❤
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$11,963 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 14 months
Created April 11, 2017
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$50
Anonymous
12 months ago
KF
$250
Karen Frigon
12 months ago

We offer our continued prayers for the entire family!

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Kelly Murphy
13 months ago
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I don't know you, but I have been watching your journey on FB through Lori. Lori has been so amazingly supportive. I couldn't stand by and not help out. Good luck and good health to the whole family from here on out!

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Anonymous
13 months ago
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Leslie Nolan
13 months ago
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In memory of my mother, Cheryl Riffe.

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