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Aaron Yagoda's Fundraiser:

Team Eye and Ear 2016

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Aaron Yagoda

THE STORY:

Aaron is running in support of Brody, a beloved patient at Mass Eye and Ear. Brody struggled with breathing since he was 4 weeks old. After a frightening ER visit, Brody had been diagnosed with RSV, a respiratory virus infecting his lungs and breathing passages. After being admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and placed in a medically induced coma, Brody’s family turned to Dr. Hartnick and the Pediatric Airway team at Mass Eye and Ear. After a bedside bronchoscope, Brody’s airway was far too narrow, measuring 1.9cm, drastically smaller than his expected 3cm diameter. Dr. Hartnick’s team completed an immediate tracheotomy to help Brody breathe, hoping someday he could breathe on his own without it. Brody went through rehabilitation, but struggled with feeding tubes, infections, seizures, and numerous complications. After a long road living with the tracheostomy tube, Dr. Hartnick’s team found a new solution in July 2013. Dr. Hartnick embarked on a Laryngotracheal Reconstruction, an in-depth procedure to reconstruct Brody’s airway out of cartilage. The intensive surgery was a success and by February 2014, Brody was decannulated, removing the trach for Brody to breathe on his own. Two years later, Brody is a growing, active boy seeing significant progress in his subglottic stenosis, breathing all by himself.  Brody’s success story is an inspiration and testament to the incredible work done at MEEI. Brody’s family credits the MEEI airway team for saving his life. Aaron is running to help the Pediatric Airway team, so more children can breathe on their own just like Brody.

Aaron's Connection

As a nursing assistant on the Pediatric Surgery Floor, Northeastern University senior Aaron Yagoda is learning about health care from the front line. Whether taking pre- and post-operative vital signs or removing IVs, Aaron is getting the most out of his Mass. Eye and Ear experience. “The pediatric staff I work with is very inspiring, and the nurses have taught me so much about the importance of treating patients with kindness and care,” says Aaron, who is scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health by 2017. He also hopes to become a physician assistant in the future. “I have made lifelong connections with my co-workers at Mass. Eye and Ear, and my experience here has helped me to develop professionally and prepare for a career as a clinician.”   

Mass Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.Each year almost 300,000 people - adults and children - from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and more than 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery. Mass. Eye and Ear is home to the world's largest vision and hearing research centers, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through our highly competitive residency and fellowship programs.Mass. Eye and Ear is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

$3,383

MONEY RAISED
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  • Aaron Yagoda

    $100

  • Meredith Parmalee

    $25

  • Corinne Austin

    $15

  • Mundy Family

    $100

  • Kassie Bettinelli

     

  • Christine Jackson

    $50

  • Nikhila Raol

     

  • Taylor Callahan

    $25

  • Judy & Ken

    $25

  • The Erdos Family

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rich and Jane O'Donnell

    $100

  • Mike Denekamp

     

  • paula sullivan

     

  • Becca Wong

     

  • Kocur Family

    $25

  • Carrie Dick

    $40

  • Jennifer Street

    $262

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Candice Quarella

     

  • Allison Guarino

     

  • Roberta W. Siegel

    $272

  • Brittany Williams

    $25

  • peggy kelley

    $25

  • Mairead

    $25

  • Kayla Hazel

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

  • Deme Venancio

     

  • Rachael Heiss

     

  • Matt Erdos

     

  • Molly

    $10

  • April Borawski

    $25

  • Ching Escano

     

  • Sarah

     

  • Isabella Espinoza

    $10

  • Danielle Lancione

     

  • Charles & Stephanie Venancio

    $50

  • Carlene

    $100

  • Mom

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Carlos

     

  • Multiple donors

    $679

  • Jane Gallagher

    $50

  • Robert C. Yardley

    $225

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34% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $611,719 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Sally Reiley

Amount Raised

$42,258

 

161% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Robert Knapp

Amount Raised

$25,450

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Paul and Michael Cannistraro

Amount Raised

$24,150

 

97% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Herrick

Amount Raised

$23,221

 

100% Raised of $23,200 Goal

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Kelsey and Michelle Nickerson

Amount Raised

$21,715

 

109% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Marc and Lushe

Amount Raised

$20,024

 

80% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Norman Levy

Amount Raised

$19,625

 

196% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christopher Hartnick

Amount Raised

$17,846

 

105% Raised of $17,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Robert C. Yardley

Robert C. Yardley

DONATION: $225

1 year ago

Jane Gallagher

Jane Gallagher

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Multiple donors

Multiple donors

DONATION: $679

1 year ago

Carlos

Carlos

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Mom

Mom

DONATION: $50

Good luck today! Love ya! 1 year ago

Carlene

Carlene

DONATION: $100

In memory of Eric Oleson 1 year ago

Charles & Stephanie Venancio

Charles & Stephanie Venancio

DONATION: $50

In honor of the great staff at Mass Eye & Ear 1 year ago

Danielle Lancione

Danielle Lancione

1 year ago

Isabella Espinoza

Isabella Espinoza

DONATION: $10

1 year ago