At the age of 2, I was admitted into the hospital for my first pacemaker surgery at Westchester Medical Center. Since pacemakers are battery powered devices, they require recurring surgeries to replace the battery and leads.
As such, the following 3 surgeries that I've had thus far have taken place at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, which was being renovated during my first procedure.
Pictured below you can see photos from each surgery that I've had thus far:
I believe that my medical experiences have helped shape me into who I am today. I lead my life with a positive attitude, confident mindset, and try my best to take nothing for granted.
Further, my story has allowed me to form another perspective on life as well as a connection to others with health conditions that are both milder and more severe than mine. I believe that I was given a second chance for a reason, and I keep that at the forefront of my mind.
INTERNSHIP. In 2015 as a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to participate in an internship program during my last trimester. I decided to work with the marketing team at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital where I helped to organize events like the ribbon cutting for their new oncology unit, and fundraisers like their Miracle Treat Day.
For the 2015 fundraiser, I was invited to be one of the patients showcased in the fashion show, modeling activewear. Below, you can see me (2nd in from the right), posing with other featured patients and healthcare providers who have also been impacted by various heart conditions.
In 2021, we began our partnership with RMH to stock their fridge with our English muffins for their guests to enjoy. It warms my heart that we are able to provide our products to the families of RMH, who are going through very challenging times of their lives. Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack in between, we hope we bring some goodness into their day.
Pictured below is me and Denise at the RMH while dropping off our first donation of our Dam Good™ English Muffins:
I am forever grateful for the technology, doctors, nurses and hospitable staff that I've been fortunate enough to encounter throughout my medical journey at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. With that said, I hope you're inclined to give back through purchasing our English muffins and/or making a donation below. Every dollar counts.
Olivia, operations manager