Seeing that I have not been able to return to work, I am continuing efforts to keep up my healing routine. It has been over 2 years since my friends held a fundraiser to help with my medical expenses and I wouldn’t be as healthy as I am today without it. I have been able to see doctors, healers, seek out alternative options, and get back and forth to all of these appointments because of your help. It’s important that I keep this up to continue on my way to healing my heart and what better way than to do it together?
After feeling all of the love that my healthy heart project brought my way, I decided to create a bracelet as a way to connect all of us through the love and kindness so many of you have shown.
I designed the bracelets specifically in mind for both men and women. They are dark brown leather with an embossing that says “I have a beautiful heart”, a saying that I believe connects each and every one of us. Each bracelet is a $35 donation.
Thank You. Love, Lauren
Please note that you do not have to pay a gift tax on donations up to $12,000 per year, per individual. At this point Save Lauren’s Heart is not a recognized 501 (c)(3), and does not have a fiscal sponsor. Lauren’s team tried every possible route to make this effort a recognized non-profit, but have run into difficulties. Suggestions are welcome! Donations to SaveLaurensHeart are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Four years ago the original SaveLaurensHeart Fundraiser hosted by family and friends changed Lauren Del Vecchio’s life. The funds collected on that special evening would go on to help Lauren to concentrate on healing her heart full-time over the past four years. If you were one of the many who contributed to the last event, you have supported Lauren in the many improvements she has been able to achieve: she has gained weight, she searched for and found doctors and a team of healers that are keeping her body stronger and in stable health. Through the use of vitamins she managed to slow down the deterioration of her heart to keep open heart surgery and a heart transplant at bay for now, and Lauren is noticeably stronger and able to do more things. Lauren and her family know that if it weren’t for the fundraiser in 2008 she wouldn’t have been able to make the progress she has in such a short time. Most importantly, Lauren still has her own heart. Yet, every single day is a one she must dedicate to keeping her heart stable.
While she has made progress, Lauren is still in heart failure, with one of her valves severely leaking. Her heart failure doctors at Columbia have been pushing for open heart surgery to try and repair the valve to hopefully preserve her heart for as long as possible until a heart transplant –something they still say is inevitable. Lauren is reminded of this every single day. With the help of the raised funds, she found an Orthomolecular doctor out of town (who also does not take insurance) and is currently on an intense routine where she takes over 120 vitamins daily. These vitamins have been responsible for her weight gain and strengthening, and they protect her heart from arrhythmias. Lauren must take these vitamins every single day. Vitamins are not covered by insurance so this costs about $700 monthly, not to mention the $1000 every two months to see the Orthomolecular specialist out of state.
Lauren’s family and friends feel that now is time for another fundraiser to help her with her medical expenses and support her continued healing efforts. She is at a crucial point where, if she does not keep her appointments and routines regular even a small head cold could be a serious threat to her health, causing it to decline at a rapid rate. She still maintains a positive outlook, but it is essential that she keep up the healing. It is the difference of living or becoming very ill with not much quality of life –or a life at all outside of a hospital bed.