Joanna Tierno

I owe the good health I enjoy today to antibody replacement therapy (immune globulin) which I've been receiving since the 1990s. Without plasma donors my weekly infusions would not be possible. I am so happy to have found IDF and to have been connected to many other patients like myself. The support & information shared has been invaluable to me. My hope is one day all PI patients will have an early diagnosis, access to proper medical care & get the support and understanding they need to thrive.


Wilbur's popularity continues to grow,,

Wilbur the pig to star in documentary film

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's not common for an actor to be recruited by a New York filmmaker to be a star of a movie. But it helps if you are internationally known. Wilbur the pig, whose story has been reported both here and abroad, has won the attention of a New York City film student Shuonan (Liam) Liu. "I think the most important thing in…Read More
Lots of hope for Wilbur!

Meet Marlee: Wilbur's new friend inspired Kansas City to change its law

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y -- Ann Varner knows exactly what Cristy Matteo -- the owner of world famous Wilbur the pig -- is going through. When 21-year-old Varner, from Kansas City, Missouri, was told she had to get rid of her pig, Marlee, back in 2014, she knew that she would do whatever was necessary to keep her pet. "I had everybody in the world --…Read More
And some good news!

De Blasio says Wilbur the pig can stay home for now

CITY HALL -- Wilbur the pig can stay home for now thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Staten Islander Cristy Matteo was told to get rid of her pet pig by the end of the month or the city Health Department would seize him.  As Matteo prepared to bring the beloved pig to a Pennsylvania farm, the mayor's office on Tuesday decided to let Wilbur stay…Read More
So sorry to report! Keep sharing and signing anyway.. Maybe Wilbur will be able to return home soon..

#SaveWilbur: Beloved pig will head to Pennsylvania farm Wednesday

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Tuesday's flurries may have been a nuisance for Staten Islanders, but for Cristy Matteo they gave her one more day with her beloved pet pig Wilbur. Matteo contacted the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to let them know that she was wary to drive in the inclement weather but will take Wilbur to his new "home" on…Read More
We hope & pray Wilbur can stay home!

Wilbur's new attorney: "I'll take this to federal court if I have to"

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- With the deadline to remove Wilbur from the only home he's known just two days away, Cristy Matteo is far from giving up the fight to save her pet pig.  Matteo has hired a new attorney who plans to take Wilbur's case to federal court if no resolution is reached by Tuesday. Wilbur is being forced to leave his home due to a…Read More
Hoping we can get Wilbur a reprieve!

#SaveWilbur: Why can't you own a pig in New York City?

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- There's less than a week left to save Wilbur, the pet pig owned by Cristy Matteo of Great Kills.  Wilbur has lived with his family for almost five years, but a recent New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene court decision has forced Matteo to get rid of her pet.  State Sen. Tony Avella has joined the Save…Read More
We have the best elected officials! Lets hope the city listens..

Staten Island lawmakers rally to #SaveWilbur the pig

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After the Advance highlighted Cristy Matteo's fight to stop the city from removing her pet pig, Wilbur, from her Great Kills home, there has been an outpouring of support from the Staten Island community. And now a contingent of local lawmakers has jumped on the bandwagon, asking the city Department of Health and Mental…Read More
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