Sal Pugliese Jr. Perthes Disease Fund

$30,657 of $75k goal

Raised by 276 people in 40 months
Tony Jeraci  MASSAPEQUA, NY
This fund is to help pay medical expenses for my cousin; a sweet, creative, and sharp 9-year-old sports fan suffering from a debilitating disease. Salvatore Jr. was diagnosed with Perthes Disease on August 2nd 2013. A rare disease that has left him wheelchair bound because of unexplained blood loss to his hip, specifically the ball portion of the femur bone, which has deteriorated within his hip socket. There is no known cause for Perthes Disease, as it can affect any child between the ages of 4 and 10 (5x more likely in boys than in girls). Like many other cases, Sal's case was misdiagnosed for over a month before worsening symptoms confirmed his diagnosis. In less than 2 months, the disease had progressed so quickly that it not only took away his ability to play sports and attend school, but to walk.


Sal's parents; (Sal Sr. and Lisa), were determined to find him the best care despite the limitations of their health insurance. After countless research and medical opinions, on November 5th Sal Jr. underwent surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore MD, with Dr. Shawn Standard, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in an advanced surgical procedure (hip distraction) for Perthes. Unfortunately, finding the best doctor meant Sal and Lisa are now faced with all medical expenses, including a $75,000-dollar surgical bill and thousands more in ongoing hospitalization, physical therapy, and residence fees while in Baltimore, MD. If you're already familiar with Sal and Lisa, you know they are always the first to help, and the last to ever complain or ask for assistance.

Sal Jr is currently undergoing the 1st phase of his recovery with hopes to run and play outdoors again within the next 1-2 yrs. Please help support these two loving parents and their extraordinary child.

Thank you very much for any donation, contribution, and prayers :)
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Update 5
Posted by Tony Jeraci
14 months ago
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Just a quick update ....Salvatore has been relegated to a wheelchair and is struggling with dibilitating pain. He now has a new surgeon in Florida who administrated a human growth hormone injection in August 2015 to try and stimulate bone growth. He is scheduled for a femoral head reduction osteotomy in early February and will be non weight bearing for approximately six weeks. We are hoping that this surgery is another step in getting Sal to his ultimate goal of being pain free and able to walk again . We want to thank everyone for all your prayers and support.
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Update 4
Posted by Tony Jeraci
37 months ago
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Sal recently returned back to Baltimore for his 3rd follow up with Dr. Standard. Things are progressing as little Sal continues his rigorous therapy regimen. Thank you everyone for your continued support and well wishes!
Sal and Dr Standard
Physical Therapy
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Update 3
Posted by Tony Jeraci
39 months ago
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Words Cannot express the gratitude Sal, Lisa, and our entire family have towards the response to this fundraiser. Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our little man.
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Update 2
Posted by Tony Jeraci
40 months ago
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2 months prior to surgery watching M. Rivera pitch his 2nd to last home game
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Debbie Caruso
39 months ago
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We hope this new year keeps you and your family stronger than ever! xoxo

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Rick Gile
39 months ago
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Keep fighting little man. We are all here behind you to help if we can. You will overcome this and be a stronger person for it. Keep smiling, it makes germs and stuff mad.. :-)

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$30,657 of $75k goal

Raised by 276 people in 40 months
Created December 10, 2013
CG
$10
Christine Grossi
2 months ago
NJ
$100
Nanette Jeraci
6 months ago
DS
$50
Diana Stapleton
13 months ago
UM
$50
ursula marra
13 months ago

we all love you

$50
Anonymous
13 months ago
RC
$200
Rosalie Casuccio
14 months ago
$25
Anonymous
14 months ago
DB
$50
Diana Buckheit
14 months ago
MF
$150
Monteleone Family
14 months ago

All the Best Wishes to You Sal!

AL
$100
Alison Leighton
14 months ago
Debbie Caruso
39 months ago
1
1

We hope this new year keeps you and your family stronger than ever! xoxo

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Rick Gile
39 months ago
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Keep fighting little man. We are all here behind you to help if we can. You will overcome this and be a stronger person for it. Keep smiling, it makes germs and stuff mad.. :-)

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