Meet Angelina

The Lea Marie Faraone Foundation (LMFF), a Maryland-based nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of young individuals fighting chronic illnesses, surprised 15-year-old Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patient and Northeast, Maryland resident, Angelina Prince with a The Volara System: Oscillation & Lung Expansion Therapy (OLE), the first of it’s kind created by Hillrom Medical Corp on
Saturday, October 24, 2021.

Angelina was diagnosed with CF when she was only a few days old and is a patient at Nemours DuPont Pediatrics in Wilmington under lead physician, Dr. Dawn Riddell Selhorst. LMFF’s donation to Angelina is part of the organization’s “Fly Me to the Moon” grant program that provides medical equipment and resources needed for those with chronic illnesses so they can maintain their healthcare to its highest standards and improve their quality of life. The 3-in-1 Volara System: Oscillation & Lung Expansion Therapy (OLE), the first of it’s kind created by Hillrom Medical Corp on Saturday, October 24, 2021.

VolaraTM System combines 3 respiratory therapies to help you breathe easier. Oscillation and Lung Expansion (OLE) therapy has been proven to improve outcomes for hospitalized respiratory patients. Now, our versatile, 3-in-1 Volara System will allow Angelina the benefit for OLE therapy in the comfort of her own home.

The Volara provides Continuous Positive Expiratory Pressure (CPEP) to expand a patients lungs and airways, Continuous High-Frequency Oscillation (CHFO) pulses to dislodge mucus and make it easier to cough out, and nebulized medication to relax your airways and help you breathe with less effort. LMFF partnered with Hillrom to provide the 3-in-1 Volara System and received assistance from Nemours DuPont Pediatrics in Wilmington to prescribe the therapy device for Angelina. The surprise donation took place at Angelina’s grandparents home in Northeast, Maryland.

Representatives from LMFF and Hillrom were present for the award. “We are thrilled to be able to provide Angelina with a 3-in-1 Volara System to ease her CF treatments and improve her quality of life,” said Laura O’Donnell-Faraone, Director and Co-Founder of LMFF.

“Nemours DuPont Pediatrics in Wilmington helped us identify the perfect recipient, and Hillrom has become to be a great partner of our organization. We are beyond excited to watch Angelina as she grows, and we are certain that her new 3-in-1 Volara System will give him the freedom he needs to be just like any other child her age.”

The Lea Marie Faraone Foundation was founded in December 2018 by the Faraone (pronounced, Fah-Rone) family after the passing of their 28-year- old daughter Lea Marie Faraone due to complications from CF. Lea worked as an infusion nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and also fell in love with advocacy work, particularly for those battling chronic illnesses.

She worked and volunteered with the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she served as a national ambassador for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Campaign. Lea felt strongly that since all individuals fighting chronic illness might not see a cure in their lifetime, that there should be work done to help their quality of life now. LMFF strives to carry out this mission while keeping the memory of Lea alive in its work. More information about the Fly Me to the Moon grant program is available at LeaMarieFaraoneFoundation.org.

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