Charlene is 14 years old and weighs just 50 pounds. She lives with her family in Schodack, NY.
As a baby, she was diagnosed with Russell-Silver Syndrome and suffers with Heart and Kidney disorders. She can not speak nor care for herself. She shows how much she cares by the touch of her hand.
On October 10, 2005 both of Charlene's Kidneys had to be removed at Boston Children's Hospital. Charlene's mom Fran monitors her dialysis machine at home, which runs 12 hours a day.
Charlene is on the top of the waiting list to receive a Kidney at Boston Children's Hospital. When a donor match is found, Charlene will have about 3-4 hours to get to Boston Children's Hospital for her life saving transplant.
Our children's foundation met Charlene and Fran on October 29, 2005. We can tell you first hand that Charlene is a lovely girl whose touch melted our hearts.
We plan to support Charlene and her family when they are called to Boston. Arrangements have been made to fly them from the South Albany Airport to Norwood Massachusetts Airport. Once there, a Massachusetts Police Cruiser will drive them directly to BCH.