Class rallies for girl in need of liver transplant

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – At 10 a.m. every day, one fourth grade class at St. Mary School in Cranston starts their daily routine of selling pretzels and lemonade to other grades.

The cart they decorated with their teacher, Julie Giampietro, comes rolling down the hall during their snack time. The kids decided to create the cart when one of their classmates became so sick she had to leave school.

10-year-old Juliana Trombetti is inpatient at Boston Children’s Hospital. According to a GoFundMe set up for the family, Juliana was airlifted to Boston from Hasbro Children’s Hospital when it was determined her liver and kidneys were failing. She is now in need of a life-saving liver transplant.

“When she was absent at the beginning, it was just, you know, someone was absent,” Giampietro said. “But then as days went on, it started to get a little concerning. They all were very concerned about her.”

Her students decided they wanted to raise money for the family’s medical expenses, and get the word out about her eligibility for a living donor transplant.

“We know the importance as adults of getting a match for that living donor. So the fundraiser is very near and dear to our hearts.

If you are 22 or older, you can reach out to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center to start the evaluation process for living donation.

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