"athletic" and "outgoing." Those are the words used by
Carol Lombardi to describe her 17-year-old daughter Nicole.
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.
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.
Nicole is dependent on daily blood transfusions while
her doctors try to reverse the life-threatening condition.
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.
employers have been very understanding," said Ms. Lombardi,
who is a catering and sales associate at OME caterers
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.
along with members of the community and Community Blood
Services in Paramus, have organized a blood drive on Nicole's
are hoping for a great turnout," said Ms. Lombardi. "The
VFW turned on a dime for us. They have been very, very
drive will be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 9am -
3pm at the VFW, 45 Tabor Road, Morris Plains.
has always been a good student," said Ms. Lombardi. "She
has not selected a college yet, but she plans to study
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.