Saturday, August 6, 2016

Community Rallies Around Yorktown Man in Need of Heart Transplant

Nick DiCarlo, Robbin DiCarlo, Ann DiCarlo, Wendy Wulkan, Tiffany DiCarlo, Dominick DiCarlo, Dominick DiCarlo and Vanessa DiCarlo
YORKTOWN | Gabrielle Bilik

BREWSTER, N.Y. - A throng of motorcycles occupied most of the parking spaces outside the Bull and Barrel Brew Pub in Brewster the other day as bikers gathered inside to raise money for Nick DiCarlo, a Yorktown resident and longtime motorcycle-club member. Like his two brothers, Nick is afflicted with a rare heart condition that has him on a waiting list for a new heart.

A genetic mutation in Nick, 43, and brothers Dominick, 39, and Anthony, 44, causes dilated cardiomyopathy, which enlarges the heart. Over time, the muscle weakens to the point where it can no longer pump blood, says Dominick’s wife, Tiffany, who is the family spokesperson. While the condition can be stabilized for some time with medication, she says, a long-term solution requires a heart transplant. Continue reading
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