Jill Lattanzio was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s last July at 45 years old. Her case is the youngest diagnosis of Alzheimer’s that Jefferson Hospital has even seen. Jeff is also where Jill formally worked as a Postpartum RN.
Like many families that have experienced this illness, it was met by theirs with much confusion, heartbreak, and reluctance to accept its effect on our family. Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disease with no cure. Already, Alzheimer’s disease has stolen so much from Jill, Matthew, Lillian (8) and Lanie (6). With each day that passes, the girls are losing more and more of their mother.
They are reaching out to family and friends, and anyone who may be able to help. Jill has been out of work since January 2019. As a result, Matthew has been working to keep his coffee shop, Lombard Cafe (542 Lombard Street & 700 Sansom Street) afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, while juggling doctor appointments, testing, medications, bills, and trying to maintain a “normal” life for the girls.
Additionally, the girls will be fully online for school this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will require someone to sit with the girls every day to set them up for online class and help them with their schoolwork. Unfortunately, Jill is unable to help the girls with their online schooling. With help from family and friends, we are hoping to either provide additional childcare for the girls or enroll them in a school with in-person classes.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated and will go directly to helping this family cope with such a devastating disease.