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Carissa Wentland's Fundraiser:

Team Eye and Ear 2016

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THE STORY:

Xavier's Story (As told by his mother)

By looking at Xavier, you would have never guessed that he was born with a life threatening birth defect. He was thriving, top percentile for weight and height, meeting his milestones and a happy baby. He was always laughing and smiling. Some things never change. 

But, his breathing is the first thing people would notice. He sounded like Darth Vader. At times you could see his neck struggling for air, and he was never happy eating although he was always hungry. I can't count the number of ER or urgent care visits we made in those first five months. Each time the doctors would say the same thing, "he is thriving, his oxygen is not too low, and he seems happy, he will grow out of it". 

It wasn't until one night in late November after putting Xavier to bed that I heard a noise I had never heard before... He was no longer struggling for air but fighting for it. 

Dr. Hartnick diagnosed Xavier with tracheomalacia and subglottis stenosis. His airway was the size of a coffee stirrer and he needed immediate surgery or a tracheotomy. 

As parents of a precious five month old, that we have been told over and over again "he would grow out it"- we were stunned and numb. What do we do? Dr Hartnick did not pressure us in making a decision immediately, but did not let us waste time. He did not give us false hope, clearly stating that if we chose surgery, Xavier could very well need a trach. And if we chose a tracheotomy, he might need surgery. What he gave us was strength, patience, and understanding. What he gave us was more than we could have asked for- he truly cared for our son, our most precious treasure. 

We chose tracheal reconstructive surgery. Dr. Hartnick took a piece of Xavier's ear to widen his airway. Xavier spent two weeks in the ICU, one week on a ventilator, sedated and paralyzed. The second week weaning off the medication he was on.

Now Xavier is five and still our precious treasure, but has also proven to be a courageous fighter. He is active, plays basketball, loves to run, read and swim. He is just like any other five year old but is extraordinary... At least to his parents. 

Thank you is not enough to say to Dr. Hartnick and his team, but we say it anyway. We thank him for helping our son to breath and for being a part of so many lives and stories that are similar to ours. 

By donating to Team Eye and Ear Pediatrics, you will be helping children have surgery to breathe and speak without a trach. We are doing research to develop and trial new technologies to help cure airway obstruction.

Below is more information about Massachusetts 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.

$8,422

MONEY RAISED
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  • Judy and Steve

    $200

  • Sean

    $262.19

  • June

    $100

  • Carissa Wentland (registration)

    $100

  • Thomas C. & Lisa A. Abraham

    $50

  • judy/steve

    $50

  • Judith abraham

    $50

  • Myles

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Peggy Kelley

    $50

  • Michelle Mahoney

     

  • J. Martin Ulrich, D.O.

    $100

  • Wayne K and Ellen M Robbins

    $100

  • Srinivas Mukkamala MD PLC

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Diallo Jackson

     

  • The Deraps Family

    $75

  • ENT Associates

    $200

  • Nancy Kotzuba

    $100

  • The Cusser Family

    $50

  • Sonbol & Gregory Harris

    $50

  • Cindy Hayes

    $50

  • Suzanne Emslander

    $200

  • abraham/kellar

    $200

  • Frank Rhodes & Kathy Bogas

     

  • Constance Riley

    $75

  • Nancy and Joe Messana

    $100

  • Dan, Karen, John, and Bonnie

    $70

  • Brooke Wentland

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Lucille G Palmer

    $50

  • Lloyd & Ramona Fedor

    $50

  • Graham Mancell

    $100

  • Duane M. and Karen J. Wentland

    $1,000

  • Benton Cooperative Telephone Company

    $700

  • Cheryl Scapanski

    $100

  • Karen L. and Kenneth W. Hudalla

    $200

  • Diane H Johnston

    $50

  • The Long's

    $25

  • Lois F Parker

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • RVM Associates Inc

    $200

  • F.P. Messana and R. Abraham

    $500

  • Daniel J Wentland

    $50

  • Matthew and Kimberly Hyopponen

    $50

  • Team Blum

    $262

  • V.A. Hopkins

    $100

  • Mehmet Agabigum

    $100

  • Diane M and Dale E Symanietz

    $25

  • Cheryl Rath

    $25

  • Ellen Long MEEI OR

    $25

  • Deb Stoltz

    $100

  • Chelsie Binsfeld

    $30

  • Kayla McGilvray

    $20

  • Juan and Raeleah Martinez

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • William and Karen Abraham Jr.

    $50

  • Kevin and Kay Jarnot

    $50

  • Mary Abraham & Craig McMichael

    $20

  • Raj & Teresa Singh

    $300

  • Karen Johnson

    $50

  • Todd M and Kathleen C Carey

    $100

  • Fred and Jeanne

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Robert C and Jennifer C Hoernschemeyer

    $50

  • Family of Louann Pichierri

    $50

  • Jennifer Street

    $50

  • judy and steve

    $115

  • Anthony P Zbacnik and Amy L Wentland

    $50

  • Roberta W. Siegel

    $272

  • Vivek Kanumuri

    $100

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84% Raised of $10,000 Goal

The Team: $611,719 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Sally Reiley

Amount Raised

$42,258

 

161% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Robert Knapp

Amount Raised

$25,450

Fundraiser Title

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

Fundraiser Title

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

Vivek Kanumuri

Vivek Kanumuri

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Roberta W. Siegel

Roberta W. Siegel

DONATION: $272

1 year ago

Anthony P Zbacnik and Amy L Wentland

Anthony P Zbacnik and Amy L Wentland

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

judy and steve

judy and steve

DONATION: $115

for your success 1 year ago

Jennifer Street

Jennifer Street

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Family of Louann Pichierri

Family of Louann Pichierri

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Robert C and Jennifer C Hoernschemeyer

Robert C and Jennifer C Hoernschemeyer

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Fred and Jeanne

Fred and Jeanne

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Todd M and Kathleen C Carey

Todd M and Kathleen C Carey

DONATION: $100

1 year ago