Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Until this past March, Nicole Buttino was just a regular kid. She enjoyed playing soccer and lacrosse for Carle Place Middle School, quilting and hanging out with her friends. But then around Easter, she got a fever that just wouldn’t go away. She had doctor’s appointment after doctor’s appointment, and was on numerous antibiotics over several weeks before a trip to the ICU led doctors to diagnose her with Good Pastures Syndrome, a rare auto immune disease which causes rapid destruction of the kidneys and lungs.
The 14-year-old’s life suddenly became a whirlwind of hospital stays, appointments, chemotherapy treatments, plasmapheresis and dialysis. At one point, she was taking 50 pills a day. But, she kept her spirits up.
“I kept thinking about the future,” Buttino said. “I didn’t let myself think too much about it and just went with the flow.”
Now, Buttino’s disease is in remission and she has returned to school as a freshman at Carle Place High School. While she is slowly getting over the disease, it has left her kidneys in dire shape. She is on a kidney transplant list, as her kidneys could give out any second without any warning.
Nicole’s mother, Jean Muller, has been her sole caretaker and has not worked since her daughter was diagnosed. To help the family as they deal with the overwhelming burden of bills, the Carle Place Tri-M Honor Society will be holding a benefit concert on Sept. 27 at 8:00 p.m. featuring The Manhattan Dolls, a swing style female vocal trio.
The Manhattan Dolls have performed all over the world, at airshows, military events, local theaters and on television. The trio features Megan Wheeler, Sarah Drake and Carle Place High School Alum, Annemarie Rosano. Rosano is no stranger to the Carle Place High School stage, having starred in several of their plays including West Side Story and My Fair Lady.
For reserved seats call 662-1039 or 622-6458. Admission is $25 and all proceeds will go directly to the family as all involved in this event have donated their time and talent. For more information on The Manhattan Dolls visit their website www.TheManhattanDolls.com.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.
In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.
“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9.
Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds. Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group. She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group. Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.