Special Needs Sunday: Can You Help?

22 Nov

Today’s Special Needs Sunday is about saving a life.  The Domestic Diva’s daughter, Marielle, is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.  Because she had a liver transplant when she was younger, she is more difficult to “match” than most.  Marielle will only match 1 in 50 people from the general population, while the average person matches 1 in 2.  From the Domestic Diva:

We are in the process of transferring Marielle’s care to NY Presbyterian-Columbia University Hospital (NYP) in hopes their additional living-donor kidney programs will save her life.  Not only will NYP consider family members as donors, but are willing to evaluate EVERYONE (friends, associates and kind strangers) who wants to donate a kidney.  That’s right…EVERYONE regardless of blood type, antibody mismatch, age, etc.  They offer several kidney donor options for us:

Compatible Living Donor

Incompatible Donor Program

Paired Donor Exchange Program

Deceased Donor Program

I am asking EVERYONE who has ever loved a child as deeply as I do my daughter to please consider being a living-kidney donor to her. You might be the one who can save my daughter’s life.

If you would like to receive a donor consent form to see if you could be a potential donor, please print out this form:


Then send it to Joan Kelly either by email at or fax (212) 305-9642.  Be sure to put MARIELLE CARROCCIO as the Potential Recipient’s Name.

Please pass this information along to anyone and everyone.

For more information, you can read The Domestic Diva’s posts here.

I cannot even imagine what their family must be going through.  My heart goes out to all of them and I am filling out the form today.  As scary as losing a kidney sounds to me, losing a child is completely unfathomable.

1 Comment

Posted by on November 22, 2008 in Health, Special Needs


One response to “Special Needs Sunday: Can You Help?

  1. anymommy

    November 23, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Yikes, my heart stopped beating for a second for them. This is a wonderful post, the more people that know, the better chance that little darling has. Your heart is so open PM, it inspires and amazes me.


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