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Friends and family of Tina are uniting to raise money to help Tina fight for her life due to a serious battle of diabetes!

Over 20 years ago, I became friends with a great person. I remember the day I introduced myself to the "new girl with red hair and freckles" on the school bus. We grew up in Timonium and enjoyed recreational dance and gymnastics. Tina did not have an easy life as she lost both parents to cancer at a young age. She and her older brother moved to Timonium to live with her aunt and uncle and two cousins to begin a new life. As neighbors, we enjoyed so many things together as teenagers! We participated in fund raising events for school and even started our own business called "Helping Hands"! We'd have little fights over who got what babysitting job and who could swim the fastest at the local pool!

We were typical and normal girls that loved to shop, watch movies and gossip! Tina and I were friends in middle school and high school and even throughout our college years. Tina and I were indeed best buddies or "bff's".

Tina Marie Arizzi was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 13. I remember visiting her at Sinai Hospital and giving her a yellow balloon with a simple, smile, on the balloon. I had learned that she had the kind of diabetes where she'd have to inject insulin and that was very scary to me. Tina was strong and she faced what was ahead of her, always trying her best to live a good life with diabetes.

...Speeding things up a bit as time IS the issue here!...
Here we are years later. Tina's older brother unfortunately passed away at the age of 28 from complications due to diabetes. This was a few years ago and many of us are still touched deeply by the tragic loss of Erin Carmen Arizzi.

Tina has recently been told in May of 2012 that she has stage 4 kidney disease and will need to have a kidney-pancreas transplant, which is an operation to place both a kidney and a pancreas — at the same time as she has kidney failure related to type 1 diabetes. She has also been informed that if she does not undergo the procedure, her current organs will only allow survival of 6 months.

About the procedure: In many cases, both transplanted organs may come from the one deceased donor. However, it is also possible for the kidney to come from a living donor (a family member or a friend) and the pancreas from a deceased donor.

This type of transplant treats both kidney failure and diabetes because the new organs replace the function of the failed kidney and the pancreas.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make enough insulin, a hormone that regulates the blood sugar level in your body. The transplanted pancreas can produce insulin and correct this type of diabetes.

Tina has health insurance but her insurance does not cover something so extensive such as what I am raising money for!

If Tina does not have these two organs "replaced" by the procedure above, she only has 6 months to live, which means she'd be lucky to see her 33rd birthday.

Tina currently resides in Baltimore County and wants to continue to live! She is a fighter, a very strong individual who has a lot to offer the world! As a friend, I only want the best for Tina- for her to live.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to call 443 203 9472 or send any support or donations through this website.

I've been in recent contact with Tina and she has high hopes and is in good spirits.

Thank you in advance for your time and God bless!

Bridget
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