Blood Drive Planned For Morris Plains Teen
"Independent", "athletic" and "outgoing." Those are the words used by Carol Lombardi to describe her 17-year-old daughter Nicole.
From a recent prom photo, it's hard to imagine that this beautiful and vibrant young woman is now fighting for her life.
A Morristown High School student who lives in Morris Plains, Nicole was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and is now at Hackensack University Medical Center fighting this rare and dangerous disease.
Aplastic anemia is a condition that results when the bone marrow stops making sufficient blood cells, leaving the body susceptible to severe anemia, infections and bleeding. It can strike at any age.
Today, Nicole is dependent on daily blood transfusions while her doctors try to reverse the life-threatening condition.
For the last month, Nicole's family members have focused all of their time and energy on assuring that the teen has everything she needs during this difficult time.
"Our employers have been very understanding," said Ms. Lombardi, who is a catering and sales associate at OME caterers in Whippany.
Ms. Lombardi has been working closely with Nicole's father, John, a captain in the Morris County Sheriff's Department, and his wife, Debby, to guarantee that there is sufficient blood for their daughter's transfusions.
They, along with members of the community and Community Blood Services in Paramus, have organized a blood drive on Nicole's behalf.
"We are hoping for a great turnout," said Ms. Lombardi. "The VFW turned on a dime for us. They have been very, very helpful."
The drive will be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 9am - 3pm at the VFW, 45 Tabor Road, Morris Plains.
"Nicole has always been a good student," said Ms. Lombardi. "She has not selected a college yet, but she plans to study business."
Whole blood donors must be 18-75 years old (17 with parent's permission), and weigh at least 110 pounds. For more information on the Morris Plains blood drive please call Community Blood Services at 201-251-3703.
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