Helena Kirsch Amendolia (3G) updates that she is finally an 'empty-nester' and is continuing to do volunteer work. It has been 8 years since she had her kidney removed and she seems to be doing well, praying every day for continued health. She is also considering a return to college, where she needs about 1 1/2 yrs to complete her degree.
Helena also reports that her kids, Olivia and Zachary, are both progressing in their education.
Olivia Amendolia (4G) is in her 3rd year attending Rutgers University (New Brunswick campus) on scholarship, and she is carrying a 3.5+ GPA. She is currently studying for her MCATS, which she will take in the spring, so we have a budding doctor in the family.
Olivia is a member of Rutgers' performing dance company, and will choreograph a number for their winter show. She spent the summer at HUP as a clinical research assistant in the Neurosurgery Department. She was able to see brain surgeries, traumas in their ER, do 'grand rounds' with patients, and work with the neuro-surgeons seeing their post-op patients.
Zachary Amendolia is now 6'2 and 200 lbs, and graduated from Paul VI high school back in May. He is now a freshman lacrosse player at Miseracordia University in Dallas, PA. He has not declared a major, but would like to go into business in some way, taking over Wall Street in the not-too-distant future.
Helena says that Zach is like her dad, our late Uncle Billy Kirsch (2G), in that 'he knows everyone and everything.'