BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF P.J. MALAFRONTE

SJCS sophomore P.J. Malafronte was back at school on Tuesday, and he’s looking forward to spending more time at St. Joseph’s.

P.J. and his mother, Dr. Lynn Smith, came to St. Joe’s on the day a blood drive was being held in his honor. P.J., born with a chest wall deformity called lateral pectus carniatum, underwent Ravitch surgery, an open chest repair, in Norfolk, Va., in July. Because of complications, he bled out his entire blood volume at least five times and was given 68 units of blood.

So thank you to all those who donated blood Tuesday or tried to donate! The overwhelming response was amazing and will help save lives!

P.J. still has a long way to go in his recovery, but he said he’s bored and — believe it or not — eager to get back to schoolwork. It was great to see P.J., and we look forward to having him back again soon!

Click here to visit P.J.’s Caring Bridge journal.