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.