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    The Need

    Nicholas Biggie was born with Truncus Arteriosus, a life threatening and rare congenital heart defect that has left him in and out of hospitals throughout his life. In September 2023 he underwent a long term stay At Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for a heart transplant evaluation where his family found out he was not a candidate. Doctors gave him an artificial heart pump, his 6th open heart surgery.

    Due to the extensive scar tissue from past surgeries and the unique anatomy of his heart, Nick was faced with making the incredible decision to either have the surgery, which carried less than a 50-50 chance of survival but his only shot at a longer life, or to go home and pass naturally and deal with all the unknowns. He chose surgery to give him the best possible chance of seeing his kids grow up.  On January 28, 2023, at just 40 years old, Nick passed away from complications the day after his LVAD surgery.

    Despite his condition, he took pride in working hard to provide for his wife and 3 children, often at the expense of his own health. This campaign will provide financial stability to his family while they adjust to life without the caring, supportive husband, father and friend he was. Please consider a shirt purchase or donation to their online fundraiser.

    The Artist

    While Michael Biondo may currently reside in Sarasota, FL... his heart and soul remain in Buffalo, NY, where he was born and raised. Michael owns Biondo Art, through which he provides a wide variety of art services: everything from traditional arts to digital graphics, print media, and web development. He enjoys creating artwork for any occasion, especially charity events and benefits. You can reach out to him through social media at:

    Twitter: @BiondoArt
    Facebook: Facebook.com/biondoart
    Instagram: @BiondoArt

    The Sponsor

    The Josh James Real Estate Team is committed to serve people and build community by placing people first and providing unmatched customer care whether working with buyers or sellers in all real estate transactions. We don’t really sell houses; we represent, educate and SERVE people. With over 120 individual steps in any given real estate transaction and it is our goal to get clients from first contact, to under contract to closing as smooth as possible so that they can achieve THEIR goals in THEIR time frame. We are committed to creating a real estate team to help individuals and families GROW into first homes and new homes, DOWNSIZE into more manageable homes, and INVEST for financial freedom. "Opening New Doors to Your Future."