Gail Doherty, from Natick, Massachusetts, a mother of two girls, has suffered for the past four years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease. Brenda Asis requested help from The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands on behalf of Gail. The Doherty's had to sell their home this year and rising medical costs may deplete all of their funds by early this summer. Gail needs $30,000 to cover her living and home care expenses for the summer. People from the community so far have donated $7,000. If an additional $23,000 is not raised Gail may have to enter a nursing home by June and will not be able to spend the summer with her two girls. The Weber Foundation issued a grant of $6,500 to help alleviate some of the expenses associated with Gail's home care and help her to continue to live with her family during the summer months.
On June 14, 2006 a grant for $4,500.00 was given to the Carlson Family. Nathan is a 7 year old diagnosed with leukemia. The grant was to pay for trial treatment not covered by health insurance. Nathan was a student at Tokyo Joe’s Studios. The monies raised were from a Kick-A-Thon fundraiser held by Tokyo Joe’s Karate Studios Nathan attended.
On April 22, 2019 a grant in the amount of $13,594 was awarded to William Talbot to cover the costs of two Acorn Stairlifts. William suffers from degenerative disk disease, Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency; he is missing a hip and is need of a liver and possibly a kidney transplant. Currently he needs to call an ambulance every time he wants to leave his home. These stair lifts will allow him to have a better quality of life.
"I want you to know that your message, via my very special niece, god daughter and angel, Jessica Pereira, brought us to tears. Neither of us could talk to her through our tears of joy. A week ago today I was at the hospital and was told that my husband was not doing good and the doctor’s told me that he may pass that night. A miracle happened thanks to all the prayers, he woke up. This week was another miracle due to the generosity of all the women on the board of The Weber Foundation. You have changed our lives; you have made him able to get down the stairs. We are in awe of you all and appreciate your generosity. This will turn our lives around in so many ways. God bless you all! ~ Ellie Talbot
Message after the stairlifts were installed:
"Thank you again for all the help you have given us by awarding us the funds for the stairlifts. Please let everyone at the foundation know how much this has changed everything for us and how thankful we are." ~ Ellie Talbot
On April 22, 2019 a grant in the amount of $3,800 was awarded to the family of Tyler Bopp to cover the cost of HVAC in his new bedroom. Tyler is 12 years old, is severely disabled and is in a wheelchair. He has Duplication 15q Syndrome, Epilepsy, Autism, Cortical Vision Impairment and is non-ambulatory. In addition he has Lennox Gastolt Syndrome a type of seizure; he has been known to have up to 200 seizures a day. The installation of heating and air conditioning will allow him to be more comfortable as his condition does not allow his body to regulate itself.
$500 Grants have been issued to the following recipients:
Live-Life-Love for Bill Kennedy, Georgetown, MA
Buffey Henry, Manchester, NH
Sandra & John Dubuc, Hudson, NH
Rita Lopinksy Fund, Stoneham, MA
Virginia Williams, North Andover, MA
Russell & Anne Garrity, Melrose, MA
The Carter Finger Fund, Carnegie, PA
Larry Settles, Methuen, MA
Abdela Ali, Manchester, NH
Fitzgerald Family, MA
Maggie & Tom Tillman, MA
Helen Howard, York, PA
New Hampshire Troopers Association, Manchester, NH