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Hopatcong Woman Launches Fundraising Effort to Get New Lungs

Tara Suplicki, of Hopatcong, has the rare disease pulmonary hypertension and needs the surgery to save her life.

Tara Suplicki of Hopatcong Credit: GoFundMe
Tara Suplicki of Hopatcong Credit: GoFundMe

Tara Suplicki of Hopatcong is fighting for her life. Diagnosed with a rare and life-endangering lung disease called pulmonary hypertension in 2008, the 35-year-old woman has endured numerous obstacles over the past five years, including suffering a stroke and a staph infection. But Suplicki is bound and determined to save her life and to obtain the lung transplant she needs.

Among the moves the highly motivated woman took were setting up a Facebook page to share her story and starting her own GoFundMe campaign to raise $30,000 to help fund her extremely expensive care. So far, the page shows she's raised more than $17,000.

"The cost for the procedure is not the only cost that I will be facing," she wrote. "After the surgery I will be on anti-rejection medication for the rest of my life. Some of the medications I will only be on for three to six months; those are the medications that my insurance is not covering. After the surgery is done it will be also be necessary for me to stay in the Philadelphia area near Penn Medical Center for close to three months. These costs are paid for by me and my family."

Suplicki said social workers at Penn gave her the idea to start fundraising efforts.

"I have decided to make use of this site to raise the money I desperately need," she said. "Any help that you can provide will go toward medication and travel and housing expenses during this process. Any kind of donation is greatly appreciated and will truly assist me in this journey."

Consider helping Tara Suplicki this holiday season, and check out other area GoFundMe efforts that could use your assistance.
Michele Guttenberger December 15, 2013 at 04:18 PM
This sounds like a worthy cause that the Hudson Farm's Sport Club Inc should be sponsoring as a Cork and Bottle charity event since the Lodge they hold these wine tasting and gourmet dinner events ($100 - $500 per person) our held in the Borough of Hopatcong. Why not set up a special foundation for their Club's neighbor in need. I would think it would be easy for this Inc to set up funding for a special charity event dedicated for Tara's medical needs. Our Major and her husband have sponsored Cork and Bottle Charity events as Petillo Enterprises at the Hudson Farms Club Lodge also. Maybe someone should approach our Mayor and ask if Petillio Enterprises can help set-up a Charity Cork and Bottle event at the Lodge. Also our Borough Attorney has the principal owners of this lodge as his major business client. So between our Mayor and Attorney there should be some sway to negotiate having this Hopatcong Mansion hold a charity event to save the life of their neighbor. After all this Lodge held a $500 per person charity masquerade ball to benefit a girls and women's shelter in India. Maybe they can organize something like this to benefit someone living in Hopatcong USA. If the Hudson Farms Club Inc pitched in with the fund raising they could raise all the money they needed from the wealthiest people who have been using our borough location for their private recreation by just one event.
Second Breathe December 15, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Michelle Guttenberger I will go and approach the Mayor on Monday morning about using her ties with Petillio Enterprises and Hudson Farm's Sport Club to raise money for my Lung Transplant. Thank you so much for the idea. I had never considered it as on option. I did not know that the Borough Attorney could be helpful too. I will approach him as well. Maybe it will work out!! I just know that I am going to get the call soon. I am one of five people on the list and 3 of the people are double listed. I need to raise this money.
S. Coventry December 15, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I think it's a great idea ! Isn't our attorney also a member of the club? I remember there being a picture of him on Patch holding a shot gun. Not sure he can be much help right now though since he is having his own ethics violation problems.
Michele Guttenberger December 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I cannot see how they can refuse Tara this charity event if they claim to be a philanthropic presence in our community. It is about time they took on charity events to support the real people in our community who have supported Hudson Farm Club Inc with their construction of a target lesson school building, allowing a helipad to transport their club dignitaries and having our borough officials personally endorse them getting a commercial shooting license so they can conduct their clay shooting charity events without any qualms from the residence of Hopatcong objecting to their requests that made them a fully functional shooting sports club for them to conduct their own pet charity events. Now is the time for John Ursin and Sylvia Petillo to dispel any notion that their charity is not genuine or their actions are unethical and prove that they are here because they want to serve the people of Hopatcong and care about our community members most in need. As Charles Dickens's said in my favorite book a Christmas Carol - "God Bless Us Every One." I cannot think of a better Christmas Gift Hudson Farms Club Inc, Mayor Petillo and Attorney John Ursin could give to the Borough of Hopatcong. I would love this more than any new monument. It would be a tribute to the strong and determined people of Hopatcong who want to continue to keep on living.
Second Breathe December 15, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Well Michele if I run into any problems I will let you know and have you and whoever wants to help me come to my rescue. I had no idea they had a helipad there... I haven't been there in years not since I was in 8th grade. That was back in 1992... so it has been a few years...lol
Michele Guttenberger December 15, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Second Breathe of course I would come to your rescue. I have made getting the wealthiest to give to charities that are not self serving my biggest crusade and Hudson Farms, Mayor Petillo and Attorney John Ursin are on the top of my Let Them See the Light Mission List. :-)
Michele Guttenberger December 15, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Second Breathe I remember bumping into you at the Pathmark and thought what a happy vibrant person you are that uses a portable oxygen concentrator. I helped my dad get one of those a few years ago. He lives in NH and was going to use small metal tanks to travel. Now he has a portable oxygen concentrator but it is still grumpy but walks faster than me when he is using it.

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