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Ridgewood Mom Thanks Village for Support During Sons Injury

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They say it takes a village, right? The support that our village gave us and is still giving, during our sons injury has been amazing!

That Tuesday and the days that followed were one of the scariest times in our lives. The support , love and comfort that the Ridgewood village extended our way was heart warming and greatly appreciated. Whether you sent us an email, text, phone call, a meal, cards, gifts, words of love, sent prayers, gave us a hug, took the girls, and so much more, you will never know how much it all meant to us.

Jack is coming along but has months of recovery ahead, so continue to send those prayers his way. He too is amazed by the support we received and thanks you too! We are truly grateful to live in such a wonderful town and have the support of so many.

Thank you to everyone who came to our aid , it was truly appreciated and we thank you form the bottom of our hearts! xoxo Nancy and Tom , Thomas , Brett, Laurel, Kailey and of course JACK!

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Friends, family fighting for Ridgewood’s ‘Strong Mom’

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Friends, family fighting for Ridgewood’s ‘Strong Mom’

NOVEMBER 10, 2014    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014, 1:04 PM
BY LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

“I love you, too.”

In the past, Ridgewood resident Glenn Prettitore, like anyone, would not have thought much of hearing his wife Kerrie say this.

But in the past six months of showering Kerrie at her bedside with utterances of “I love you,” Glenn has only heard her say “I love you, too” twice.

Since a fight for her life began in the spring, 42-year-old Kerrie, a mother of three young children, is now barely verbal, after emerging from a recent coma.

Besides “I love you, too,” Kerrie – a graphic designer who loved ones described as a quietly strong, kind, and nonjudgmental neighbor, wife, friend, and avid snowboader – can just say “what,” “yes,” “no” and “OK,” and make occasional undistinguishable sounds.

“These things come out, she says them. Deep down, they’re there. In my mind, these connections are there… [but] I say it probably 100 times when I’m there, and I’ve heard it twice,” he said during a recent phone call before going to Kerrie’s bedside at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange.

This state of minimal consciousness is the result of a single administration in mid-March of the chemotherapy drug fluorouracil: Kerrie’s body was unable to break the drug down, since Kerrie, who was receiving the preventative chemotherapy after recovering from colon cancer surgery, also had a previously undiagnosed genetic disorder called DPD deficiency.

Before entering a coma, Kerrie had a severe and painful reaction to the chemotherapy, because, according to cancer researchers, the DPD enzyme is needed to break down the chemotherapy drugs fluorouracil and capecitabin.

https://www.northjersey.com/community-news/loved-ones-fighting-for-strong-mom-1.1130476

 

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/care-for-kerrie/160228

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No Fuss Lunch is a mission for Ridgewood mom

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No Fuss Lunch is a mission for Ridgewood mom

OCTOBER 7, 2014    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY KARA YORIO
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

Amelie Wilday was coming home “weepy, cranky, tired and hungry,” according to her mother, Gaby. It was two years ago, halfway through the first month of first grade, and something was not right with the Ridgewood 6-year-old. Gaby Wilday, who had ordered Amelie’s lunch through the school’s food provider, asked her daughter to bring home what she wasn’t eating.”That’s when I noticed she just wasn’t eating,” said Wilday. Amelie didn’t like the food, and her mother didn’t like the quality. She also noticed the Wildays must not have been alone, as there were many lunches from outside food vendors being dropped off at Ridgewood schools.Already with a commercial kitchen for a sauce business, she decided to see if she could create a better school lunch model. She started with seven lunches, which she gave to a group of families for free in return for feedback. She ended up hearing from many more than those seven.

“By November 1st, I was getting emails from principals, PTO presidents, parents from other schools,” she said.

– See more at: https://www.northjersey.com/news/education/no-fuss-lunch-is-a-mission-for-ridgewood-mom-1.1103841#sthash.I9ofmCGH.dpuf

 check out the webiste https://www.nofusslunch.com/
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