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Oct 27, 2017

Tom Nardini Needs Your Help

By Lori Draz

This past August, The Journal ran an article about a lifelong Colts Neck resident and Middletown business owner named Tom Nardini, sharing his urgent need for a kidney donor. We came very close, but have still not been able to find the donor he needs. It is now more urgent than ever that we ask again for your prayers and your help to save his life. Please share this article with any and all of your friends and social circles. The world is full of generous people and we need your help to find Tom his angel.
He wants to devote the rest of his life to helping others in need, so please share his story and let him make
a real difference.

Tom is well known to many for his abundant philanthropic work. He has raised millions of dollars over his lifetime for numerous charities like the ALS Foundation, MS, and many others, including spearheading the Parker Family Clinic in Red Bank, which provides free medical care for those in need. He has been a great friend and fundraiser to St. Mary’s Parish of Colts Neck, where he and his wife Lucia raised their son Tommy, Jr. and daughter Nicole in the Catholic tradition, and where he also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the church. In 1989, he started the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, as well as the Wheel to Heel Bike Fundraiser. Anyone
who worked on any of his charities never missed his meetings, which were held at his home on Cloverhill Road in Colts Neck. That’s because Lucia cooked a huge Italian feast before each meeting, and volunteers always left with lunch for
the next day. Things always go better on a full stomach.

Tom is now the proud grandfather of six grandchildren and is beloved by his family, as well as all the other people that he treats like family. Whate
ver Tom had, he shared. His time, his energy, his passion, his enormous personality and sense of humor – no one can make you laugh like he can, and even now, his still has time to joke around with his doctors and other kidney patients.

The Nardini’s store, Quality Carpet and Interiors in Middletown, was a favorite stop for fashionable elegant, interior design and there were always plates of pastries and candy to greet each shopper. Everywhere Tom was and is feels like home.

“I know miracles happen and I need one now,” he explains. “I have so many more things to do, so many more songs to sing, meals to make, and people to help. I am praying that someone will give me that chance, so that I can use the time to make a difference. Please say a prayer not only for me, but for all the others on waiting lists all around the nation. And most importantly, cherish every second you have with your family and friends.” Tom also expressed his profound gratefulness to his first donor, Harry Warren of Colts Neck, whom he refers to as a true hero. The two remain very close friends to this day.

Tom is O positive and is good health overall. If you know someone who can help, please contact New York Presbyterian Rogosin Clinic at (212) 746-1742 or the transplant coordinator at (212) 746-3099. You can also reach out to Tom and his family directly at (732) 567-8947.