Bulkeley Teacher and Administrator Continue their Mission to Help Hartford Students and Families Struggling with Illness

Bulkeley Teacher and Administrator Continue their Mission to Help Hartford Students and Families Struggling with Illness

 
Victor Cristofaro, Dean of the Lower School at Bulkeley High School and Wilma Hoffman, a Project Facilitator at Bulkeley have been helping to complete wishes for many Hartford children during the past two years for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Connecticut.  At the present time, they have 5 wishes in various stages of progress.  They both feel that this is  a very rewarding and fulfilling endeavor to be be able to help to grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening illness.   They have helped to complete a wish to LegoLand in California, Disney World wishes, a shopping spree and two wishes to meet the Yankees. 
 
"Helping wishes come true is the most wonderful feeling because you see the smile on the child's face and know that you are bringing some joy to the families who are dealing with these terrible illnesses," reflects Wilma Hoffman.
 
Of continuing concern for Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Cristofaro is Naylor School sixth-grader, Sejla Kuljancic, who suffers from pulmonary hypertension.  Sejla is on the list for a double lung transplant at the Boston Children's Hospital.  Her father can 't work because he has to take care of her.  The family is in the process of purchasing a house which will lighten the physical struggles around Sejla's illness.  Mr. Cristofaro, Ms. Hoffman and the Naylor community have been supporting the Kuljancic family through this major transition.
 
The papers by the home's seller were signed and the family can possibly be in the house by the first week in August. The Bulkeley duo are working with Naylor School– whose students and families raised over $1,700 to help– and the Hartford community to help lighten the financial burden of the move to the Kuljancic's new house.
 
To read the story about Sejla by Channel 3 Eyewitness News, click here.  If you would like to help, contact details are in the article.
 
You may also contact Mr. Cristofaro at  crisv001@hartfordschools.org
 
and Ms. Hoffman at HOFFW001@hartfordschools.org

 

 

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