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This fundraiser ended on 06/28/11

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Friends of Jeffrey Whitman are uniting to raise money to help with medical costs and related expenses that are not covered by insurance.

CALLING ALL EMHS ALUMNI!! FRIENDS & FAMILY OF EMHS ALUMNI! ONE OF OUR OWN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Whether you knew Jeff a little...or a lot, or not at all...He's from our class of '84 and some of us (like me) have been in school with him since Kindegarten. He is, and always has been, a great guy, a good soul. Unfortunately, he is not well. He has suffered with heart ailments since childbirth. He coped with it & was treated for ma...ny years and eventually needed a pacemaker. That held him for a while, until he had to go in and get it changed because the battery ran out of juice. During that procedure, his heart was punctured and the operation was suspended. From 2005 it has been nothing but a series of events, complications and just a general decline in his overall health. He has Cardiomyopathy and Congenital heart disease..severe heart failure. It was determined that he will need a heart transplant in order to stay alive. If that's not bad enough.....in the last LESS than two years Jeff lost his dad, then his wife to colon cancer and finally his mom just recently. In October of 2010 he was transferred to Manor Care Rehab Facility in Yardley, Pa. where he is now waiting for a transplant. He has no other home. He is on a LVAD which is keeping him alive. He is either plugged into the main unit while he sleeps.. or when he chooses to walk around.. has to carry a bag which contains 2 huge batteries that keep this machine working... 24/7.
Jeff exhausted his savings and pension caring for his wife while she was battling cancer, all the while ignoring his own health issues.
Jeff has nobody else in this world. No close relatives. No home. We have asked some of you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers and give him a call to lift his spirits....and many of you have. And it has meant the world to Jeff. Thats what East Meadow does for each other. Read facebook on any given day....and you can see the genuine outpouring of love and support that is always being offered.
So now we are calling on you again....to see if we can raise some funds to help Jeff out. Denise Tristano, Billy Germano and I (Laura Bisbee) are putting together a fundraiser with the awesome and always helpful guys at Dugans. We want to make this a great event and see if we can make it a EMHS reunion as well....in honor of Jeff and in support of him. We are working out the details but you can be sure there will be food, booze and music and most important....US! EMHS PEEPS! The best around :)
Please spread the word and help us make this a great event all around! We will have plenty of raffles and prizes as well....WE WILL WELCOME anybody able to donate raffle items! just contact any one of us! Lets spread the word.....will post price of ticket donation soon. But SAVE THE DATE now!
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